Here’s the thing: If you read, that’s amazing. There’s no wrong reason to read, so however you do it, whether that means keeping your book in pristine condition or highlighting, dog-earing, and underlining the heck out of it, you’re doing something right. But for a book nerd of one type to interact with a book nerd of the other, well, things can get terrifying.
When you’re someone who cherishes a book and makes sure to keep them perfect on your shelf (read: take the dust jacket off when you read it, always take care not to crack the spine), getting shown a well-worn book without warning might catch you completely off guard. No matter the genre, that’s what we consider a truly scary book. So book nerds beware, because these things happen. All we can do is relate to the Book Nerd Problem of it all.
Borrowing a Scary Book
About Dread Nation
America, both foreign and familiar. A country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Negro and Native Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities, and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane.
But that’s not a life she wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a desperate fight against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
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