My IRL book club met on Wednesday evening to discuss April’s book. We met in-person and it was fun to get out and see people. We discussed DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland. There were eight of us who met together and all of us read the book. Here are some highlights of our discussion:
- One person disliked the book. A couple of people thought the book was enjoyable and they won’t read the second book. The rest of us really enjoyed the book and are interested in reading the sequel DEATHLESS DIVIDE.
- One person already read the sequel and it disappointed her. She’s the same person who disliked DREAD NATION. (I’m not sure if she disliked DREAD NATION because of the sequel or if she was hoping reading the sequel would help her like DREAD NATION more.)
- A few of us said we really enjoy books, movies, and tv shows with zombies. A couple of others said they were indifferent about them. The others said they hate zombies and they don’t think they’re plausible.
- One person was really interested in the science of it all–what caused the dead to rise, would a vaccine really work, could zombies evolve, etc.
- Most of us liked the setting and how Ireland used it as a platform to address racism, oppression, and inequality.
- Some of us wondered how the rest of the world fared in the story since the book focuses on Civil War Era United States.
- View Spoiler »A few of us wondered what happened to Gideon at the end. « Hide Spoiler
- View Spoiler »Everyone except me was surprised when Jane revealed that her mom was black with light enough skin to pass as white and her father was Major McKeene. I saw that twist coming a mile away. (I can also see the two twists regarding Gideon. I just need to read DEATHLESS DIVIDE to confirm them.) « Hide Spoiler
- One person thought Ireland started the duology with the dead rising in Gettysburg because it allows her to write a prequel if she wants to.
We had a really interesting conversation about zombies. After we talked about whether we liked the idea of zombies or not, we talked our preferences in types of zombies, favorite reason they could exist, the plausibility of an actual zombie apocalypse, and who’d survive. It was a lot of fun.
I gave everyone the bookmark I made for our upcoming list of books that we start reading for June’s meeting. I think, other than our Christmas party, getting our yearly bookmarks is the highlight of everyone’s year.
Next month’s book is CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth. I’m looking forward to reading this one. I’ve heard mixed reviews and I’m not sure where I’ll fall in the mix of opinions. I really liked the Divergent trilogy, including the ending, which I know was very controversial.
Anyway, have you read DREAD NATION? If so, what do you think about my book club’s discussion about it?