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Justina Ireland

Autor(a) de Dread Nation

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Obras de Justina Ireland

Dread Nation (2018) 1,770 cópias, 108 resenhas
Deathless Divide (2020) 458 cópias, 32 resenhas
Star Wars: The High Republic: Out of the Shadows (2021) 225 cópias, 4 resenhas
Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage (2021) 212 cópias, 4 resenhas
Ophie’s Ghosts (2021) 195 cópias, 13 resenhas
Promise of Shadows (2014) 182 cópias, 12 resenhas
Rust in the Root (2022) 167 cópias, 8 resenhas
Chaos & Flame (2023) — Autor — 148 cópias, 10 resenhas
Star Wars: The High Republic Path of Deceit (2022) — Autor — 131 cópias, 2 resenhas
Vengeance Bound (2013) 112 cópias, 10 resenhas
Scream Site (2018) 29 cópias, 2 resenhas
Star Wars: The High Republic: Defy the Storm (2024) — Autor — 15 cópias
Never and Again 2 cópias
FIYAH: Year 2 2 cópias
Girl Reaper 1 exemplar(es)
Dread Nation Sneak Peek 1 exemplar(es)
FIYAH Issue #1: Rebirth 1 exemplar(es)
FIYAH Issue #4: Roots 1 exemplar(es)
The Leisure Class: A Novel (2024) 1 exemplar(es)
FIYAH Issue #7: Music 1 exemplar(es)
The Never and the Now 1 exemplar(es)
Zach Lopez vs. the Shadow Cats (2018) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America (2019) — Contribuinte — 541 cópias, 12 resenhas
This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us (2021) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias, 3 resenhas
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles (2017) — Contribuinte — 105 cópias, 6 resenhas
The V-Word: True Stories about First-Time Sex (2016) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias, 1 resenha
The Black Girl Survives in This One: Horror Stories (2024) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Among the Shadows: 13 Stories of Darkness and Light (2015) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias, 1 resenha


Conhecimento Comum



This is a middle grade Star Wars novel, with a target audience of 8 to 12 years, so I'll judge it bearing that in mind.

The story is quite short, and that means that it moves fast. It is an adventure story, as expected of Star Wars, but it is surprisingly character-focused. That is a good thing in my book, since making the characters distinct individuals makes it easier for the reader to care about what happens to them. One problem is that when you write a book and you want to make it an adventure story, and a character-focused story and also very short, something's got to give. So, the adventure part was quite light. There just wasn't much to it, and the villains did not seem formidable at all. The character work was more interesting, although once again the short length means that it felt a bit rushed. All the stuff going on with Imri, for example, I felt that it could have been handled better, maybe foreshadowing it in a more subtle way, because as it was introduced it seemed to come out of nowhere.

The story combines some heavy stuff, real loss and trauma, with a light middle-grade storytelling tone, and that didn't always work. It's probably part of it being so short, there was just no room to explore the issues more deeply. Nevertheless, I appreciated that there was more emotional depth than I would have expected of a quick middle-grade adventure.

I'm not a fan of the idea of a 15-year-old Jedi Knight. It seems to ignore how much formation becoming a Jedi requires, not just academic and in physical skills, but also in terms of maturity, leadership and spiritual skills.

For those worried about the author's politics being included in the story, they are not, other than the fact that of the four main characters the two white male ones display negative character traits while the two female non-white ones display admirable character traits. The sample size is too small to know if it's systematic or coincidence.

Despite the misgivings I have mentioned, I think it was a competent story, and Star Wars fans who are in the target audience or who are open to middle-grade fiction will enjoy it. It doesn't take the extra step to raise it above so many other competent middle-grade stories, but it did not feel like a writer for hire phoning it in to get the paycheck.
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jcm790 | outras 3 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |
I'm not a big historical fiction reader, so certain parts of the story were a bit of a slog for me. I did really like the idea of a zombie apocalypse occurring in an older setting rather than a modern one. I also got way more invested in the story as the characters head west and begin to realize they're dealing with multiple conspiracies. I really liked Jane and her friendship with Katherine, and the new friends they pick up along the way. I am hoping there's some more character development for the side characters in book two. This ends pretty abruptly with high stakes, so I'm looking forward to continuing on with the next one!… (mais)
escapinginpaper | outras 107 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
Trying to decide between 4.5 and 5, but nevertheless this was amazing. I was totally enthralled, beginning to end.
lizjenkins | outras 107 resenhas | Mar 10, 2024 |
Plot-driven Reconstruction-era historical fantasy where an undead plague derailed the American Civil War, and where slavery was abolished but immediately replaced with government-mandated zombie hunter training. While Dread Nation tells an alternate history of the U.S., its premise still felt relevant to today, and author Justina Ireland works hard to do justice to this time period's racial tension and dissatisfaction.

I am not the target audience for this book; I prefer character development over plot progression, historical fiction isn't my cup of tea, and I'm not into zombie horror. But even with all that working against me, I could tell that Dread Nation was quality and would appeal to many readers for good reason.… (mais)
boopingaround | outras 107 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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