Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.
But she won't be in it alone.
Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by - and that Jane needs her, too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not.
Watching Jane's back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it's up to Katherine to keep hope alive - even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.
Synopsis from Goodreads
I first picked up Dread Nation because the cover and synopsis caught my attention (my review of it is here). I ended up loving the revisionist history Ireland created - zombies appear after the American Civil War? I love it! I'm not normally a fan of zombies, but Ireland creates such great characters and world that I'm definitely along for the ride. In the sequel, we find out what happens to Jane and Katherine after the fall of Summerland.
Great Addition of Katherine as Second POV
This was SUCH a great idea! Jane is a great character, but she's also very abrasive and walks into every situation with a chip on her shoulder. I loved seeing her, and this apocalypse from Katherine's perspective - plus, it gives us a chance to see their friendship from both their points of view! Their stories do separate for a period of time, so it was great to have both characters as POVs to give a balance to what is happening.
Love that Characters are LGTBQ+
I mentioned this in my review of Dread Nation, but I'm a really big fan of how Ireland seamlessly creates characters who are bisexual and asexual. Jane and Katherine (only a few of the LGBT+ characters in the novel) never shame or belittle each other, themselves, or others for their feelings and I LOVE IT! Ireland is rewriting history, and I'm over the moon to find characters in the 1800s who are comfortable to be themselves and follow their hearts. Jane falls in love with people not gender, and Katherine simply doesn't feel sexual attraction towards either gender and is completely fine with it. I love the range of representation we see in this series and can't wait to meet more characters in the future!
This is a LONG Novel
As much as I loved this book, it took me way longer to read than I realized. There was a lot happening, so it's not boring, but man, is it a long novel. There were some moments that I wish we could have jumped over because they seemed to drag the story in an unnecessary direction. HOWEVER, there are so many golden moments in this book that I really can't complain. This is just fair warning that Deathless Divide is a bit of a tome and readers should be prepared for it.
Overall, this was a great book. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys revisionist history, who loved Dread Nation, or for those looking for something a bit outside their comfort zone but not a full-on-horror-zombie book. Again, I'm not a fan of zombie/horrors novels, but Deathless Divide completely had me hooked! What did you think of this book?
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
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