Paige's Corner - Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland, Dread Nation #2

So I will start by apologizing. It has been a very long time since I made a post. Adult life has been a drag, and some of the books I have read recently just haven't left me with a strong enough feeling that I felt it needed a review. I was pleasantly surprised to feel the need for this one, though it wasn't the best read so far this year.

The sequel to Dread Nation is a journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America.

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother.

But nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodermus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880's America.

What's more, this safe haven is not what it appears - as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. 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.

I will start this off by saying I never really got into the whole zombie thing. I did love The Walking Dead show, but books about that stuff never caught my attention. I can't really say what it was that got me to pick up the first installment of this series but I didn't regret it. Justina Ireland has a wonderful writing style and she managed to hold my attention.

Now with that said, Deathless Divide disappointed me a little. It just didn't have the same flow it's predecessor had. We start off with a very well inacted flashback to explain what had happened and where the characters are now. In the first book we followed the POV of Jane, and it was nice getting a POV for her friend Katherine. Both characters are likable and strong and unique enough that it's not hard to swtich from one to the other. (I say this becuase the last book I read had multiple POV's and it was very difficult to tell who was who since everyone was in first person.) I should also add that I did listen to this on Audible. The narrators were AMAZING. They brought to life every emotion these characters felt.

When we left off from book one, our little rag-tag team of adventurers had just run from a horrible town that was over-run by Shamblers (the dead) and was headed to a new place that was supposed to be the next safe place. And like most zombie apocolypse stories, the "safe place" doesn't stay that way for long. And though I expected that, the swiftness in which the next town went down disappointed me. There was this huge buildup and then...ok done, moving on. Like...character personalities had changed and didn't feel properly explained and then there was a sudden 1 year time gap that just didn't sit well with me. I lost some interest when the time gap happened because it just lost the flow it had going. It felt flat after that, and there was a lot of internal monologue that lost me at times.

Overall, I have it a 3 out 5. It ended in a way she could leave it or continue, so we shall have to wait and see.


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