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Deathless Divide

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by Justina Ireland

Synopsis

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling epic Dread Nation is an unforgettable 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 Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s 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.

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495 Pages
10 - 11 Hours to read
134k Total words

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The sequel to the New York Times bestselling epic Dread Nation is an unforgettable 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 Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s 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.


  • HarperCollins; February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780062570659
  • Title: Deathless Divide
  • Author: Justina Ireland
  • Imprint: Balzer + Bray
  • Language: English

In The Press

“Irascible Jane McKeene and posh Katherine Deveraux, zombie-dispatching graduates of Miss Preston’s School of Combat for Negro Girls, are back in this suspenseful, satisfying sequel to Dread Nation. Ireland threads her thrilling plot with incisive commentary about race, gender, and power that will appeal to today’s activist teen readers.”

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Hardcover, Paperback

10 reviews for Deathless Divide

  1. meigan

    “Anyone fool enough to find themselves on a wanted poster should pray they meet the devil instead of his erstwhile bride.” — Deathless Divide, Justine IrelandWith Dread Nation, Ireland introduced readers to two fantastic and fantastically different young women who started this journey as enemies. With Deathless Divide, readers are given what we’ve been hoping for from the start — an unbreakable friendship bordering on sisterhood. Once you parse out the zombies and the blood and the gore and all the other good stuff, that’s what lies at the heart of this series — an incredible female friendship. This series offers nothing in the way of sunshine and rainbows, certainly no happy endings, but the relationship between Jane and Kate gives a much-needed bright spot in an otherwise dark and dismal tale.I absolutely adored Dread Nation, but dare I say I loved Deathless Divide even more? Yes, I dare say it. Told between both Katherines’s and Jane’s points of view, I loved that we were inside both of their heads in this book. Both women were on their own for much of the story and while I knew they were incredibly strong as a team, this book showed just how strong each of them were as individuals. Their respective journeys and their respective end goals in this book were quite different than one another’s and while Katherine had an easier go of it, Jane’s road takes her to some dark and heartbreaking places.As with its predecessor, Deathless Divide once again takes the reins and puts black voices in charge of the narrative of this particular time period. And again, while the story is fiction, much of the events surrounding the treatment of black people by whites could be pulled directly from history. Dread Nation isn’t just a zombie tale, it’s also an exploration of history and along with the focus on strong friendships, that’s my favorite aspect of this duology.I’m certainly sad to see this series end, though I’m thrilled to have discovered a new favorite author. Ireland hooked me with these books and I’ll definitely be adding her to my auto-buy list.

  2. Berni

    I love this. Both Jane and Katherine alternate chapters, telling their stories. I was so happy to see Sue (just Sue now – she no longer allows people to call her Big Sue – yay for her, not permitting people to define her by her physical characteristics) rejoin the story, too.This takes up after the events of Dread Nation and is just as exciting a story with great characters. There is a great balance of character development and action. I enjoyed the quotes before the chapters, especially as a “tell” for the two women. Katherine’s quotes are all from Scripture while Jane favors Shakespeare. While I find Katherine easier to understand, Jane is a very special character as well. Ireland is on my “must buy” list. Too many sequels are let-downs compared to the first book. Not this. Ireland keeps the story fresh and moving forward.

  3. doc peterson

    I enjoyed Ireland’s _Dread Nation_, and given its cliff-hanger ending, I had to finish the broader story arc. Ireland does a marvelous job of connecting biting (pardon the pun) social commentary with historical fiction. If you haven’t read _Dread Nation_ first, you really must for events and characters in _Deathless Divide_ to make sense.The story begins with a prologue to _Dread Nation_, before picking up where it left off: Jane and Katherine are separated, one living abroad in the dangerous west, the other a more settled existence in Nicodemus. Neither are particularly happy with their situations – the politics of race remain a crucial subtext. Once our two heroines are reunited, they both seek refuge on the Pacific coast – but as with elsewhere in the United States, prejudice is always bubbling beneath the surface, the dead a constant threat no matter one’s skin color.The growth of the characters and their perspectives and viewpoints (here we get to see Katherine as well as Jane’s perspective on events) was particularly well done, and kept the narrative moving at a brisk pace. That there is neither respite nor relief from the dangers of the “unsettled dead” point to the broader truths we as a nation continue to wrestle with.While Ireland is primarily writing for a YA audience, I found the themes, style and issues to be suitable for a wider audience. Both a fun read, it also provides a lot of fodder for thought. Recommended.

  4. S. Honeycutt

    Justina Ireland has created such a fresh, interesting world. I devoured Dread Nation–twice–the second time just before diving into Deathless Divide to make sure I remembered where she’d left Jane and Katherine and the rest of the crew. These books are so much more than zombie books. They’re books about friendship, sacrifice, loyalty, and finding your place in the world. I LOVE THEM!I hope that Deathless Divide isn’t the end of the saga, but if it is, I’m satisfied with the way it ended. She brought me to tears more than once as I read this book, but she also made me laugh out loud. I cared about these characters so much. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Ireland does next, whether it’s in this world or a new one. I highly recommend these books.

  5. Debraj

    Jane is in a darker place in this installment and desperately in need of redemption. Katherine has honed her leadership skills and become a force in her own right. Apart, the two ably fight their way through a dangerous world. Together they balance each other and create a fierce duo that just might save the world. A gorgeous read for those who like danger, friendship, and complicated characters in a wonderfully built world. If you liked The Belles and the Trail of Lightning, this series is for you.

  6. Johntheexplorer94

    Deathless Divide does an excellent job of continuing where Dread Nation left off. My only gripe is that despite all of the excellent world building, we don’t spend much time in San Francisco and examine the interesting dynamics that are hinted at. I think it would have been neat to see Kathrine utilize her savvy to navigate the complex hierarchy there. Still, this would have changed the story, and I very much like the direction Justina Ireland takes the characters. The themes of the consequences of revenge, and single-minded determination give the story more depth than a typical zombie plot. I also especially appreciate how these themes play into the dynamic between Jane and Katherine, and the strain that it puts on their relationship. Also, the addition of a first person perspective for Katherine was fantastic choice. Getting to know her internal thoughts and insecurities helps give the character more depth than we received in Jane’s perceptions of her in the first novel. At times I found myself enjoying Katherine more as a character than even Jane. Book two delivers marvelously on everything set up in the first, and comes to a satisfying conclusion that can stand on its own, or leave room for more adventures. Even if we don’t get to see more of Jane and Katherine (though I would love to see where their adventures take them), I’d still love to see Justina Ireland do more with this beautiful and sinister world she has made.

  7. DR

    An exciting and wonderful read. Well written, engaging dialogue, and an alternate history that delves into the plight of Black folks who were very much a part of the making and protecting of America. Alternating Jane and Katherine’s point of view for each chapter moved the story along beautifully. They just want to be allowed to be who they are. Strong, courageous in the face of unspeakable wickedness, and skilled fighters who protect those in need. Justina Ireland’s end to the series is wonderfully satisfying and she definitely knows how to convey in the thoughts and dialogue of the main and secondary characters the injustice experienced by Blacks. It’s a book to be owned and the reading list provided at the end of the book is a plus.

  8. Kindle Customer

    I enjoyed this book as much if not more than the first one and I loved the first one. The second in the series adds Katherine’s voice to the narrative and her voice is beautifully distinct and allows us an outside view of Jane which only added a richness and complexity to the narrative. As our heroines head out West to escape the undead hordes tragedy strikes their party and both are forever changed. There is a healthy amount of tension and suspense that kept me eagerly reading to find out what happens next.

  9. C. Invidiata

    Both Dread Nation and it’s sequel paint a picture of a harrowing world inhabited by the best and worst of what’s left of humanity. Alongside a manic ride of an action story, Ms. Ireland also deals wonderfully with serious issues of race, gender and sexuality. That this could all happen during an alternate history civil war filled with bloody murder, zombies and weird 19th century science shows a writer with some serious juggling skills.

  10. Cathryn Mason

    An excellent conclusion to the story set up in Dread Nation. It could easily have fallen short or tried to cushion things, but the author has no interest in making the reader comfortable at the expense of her story. Terrible things happen. The body count is high. How else could it be?The characters we’ve come to care about are here, though, plus some new ones. They grow and expand as the story does, always remaining recognizable but never feeling stagnant. Also, if you were feeling a little teased by the casual references to Jane’s and Katherine’s queerness? Be teased no more.I waited two years for this book, and it was well worth it.

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