Even though the book is ah-may-zing, we have to admit that there are people who will think Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland isn’t for them. They’re wrong, but they definitely exist, and we respect that. The sequel to the New York Times-bestselling Dread Nation has hit shelves, and it’s the perfect time to catch up on the adventures of Jane McKeene if you haven’t already. But if you do happen to think that Dread Nation isn’t for you, allow us to try and change your mind with one thing we can all agree on: astrology.
Jane McKeene is one of the most hilariously blunt YA heroines out there, and every word that comes out of her mouth – either in narration or in her speech to other characters – practically deserves to be on a poster. And Katherine Devereux gets her time to shine in her POV chapters, matching Jane both in wit and in depth of character and experience. Thanks to these two fine heroines, Deathless Divide gives us even more quotable, unforgettable one-liners, so much so that we could pick out one that every sign in the zodiac could relate to.
So whether you’re an old fan, a new fan, or an indifferent fan-to-be, find your sign and find your Deathless Divide quote below. With or without the context, Jane and Katherine are about to make you feel seen.
The Signs as Quotes from the ‘Dread Nation’ Series
March 21 – April 19
Quote: “Just because I’m down a limb doesn’t mean I don’t have two perfectly good feet to plant in their rear end.”
Reason: The dynamic, impulsive, enthusiastic, and occasionally childish Aries are basically the “fight me (ง’̀-‘́)ง” emoji incarnate, so of course they would be best represented by Jane at peak belligerent warrior.
April 20 – May 20
Quote: “When something doesn’t smell right, I’m not one to let it be. Because what you don’t know might kill you.”
Reason: Letting things lie is just not in the Taurus vocabulary, and there are multiple good reasons for that besides their astrologically inclined stubbornness. This quote was tailor-made for them.
May 21 – June 20
Quote: “I guess falling for someone always is [easy]. It’s the staying in love that’s hard.”
Reason: Bubbly, social, but flighty Geminis have a tendency to be in love with the idea of love, so it makes sense they’d feel seen by this whimsical yet cynical view on relationships.
June 21 – July 22
Quote: “It seems I am a caged bird; no matter how far I fly, I inevitably find myself beating my wings against bars.”
Reason: Cancers are independent and loyal, intuitive and emotional people, and it’s likely that they’ve dramatically lamented feeling the emotion that this quote expresses. (Hilariously enough, Jane is herself a Cancer, according to Justina Ireland.)
July 23 – August 22
Quote: “I think that the good Lord might have his hands a bit full at the moment, and I am willing to step in and take up the burden.”
Reason: Leos are brash and confident, arrogant and self-absorbed, magnetic and innovative. Look out world; when Leo steps up, you’re going to want to sit back and watch in awe. Or horror
August 23 – September 22
Quote: “I swear, that girl would criticize God himself if he were to come down and grant her a few miracles.”
Reason: Virgos know what they want – and what they don’t want – and they’re not afraid to say it. No matter who you are, don’t mess with the strong-minded Virgo in your life.
September 23 – October 22
Quote: “We can fight together or we can die alone.”
Reason: Fair-minded Libras are incredibly social, known for keeping the peace and being the life of the party. If anyone would encourage everyone to stand together rather than alone, it would be a Libra.
October 23 – November 21
Quote: “And so, I have a choice: love or vengeance.”
Reason: The dichotomy between love and vengeance is alive in the soul of the very, very intense Scorpio. Still waters run deep with this star sign, and whatever they feel (good or bad) they tend to feel deeply – so let’s all try and stay on their loving side.
November 22 – December 21
Quote: “Though Jane’s tendency to jump without looking is so often a source of vexation for me, I cannot help but be charmed.”
Reason: Sagittarius people are known for being idealistic and generous and impatient and brash – and for putting their foot into their mouth on the regular. We wouldn’t be surprised if they saw a lot of themselves in Jane.
December 22 – January 19
Quote: “Jane loved pointing bladed weapons at people. It was part of her charm.”
Reason: Capricorns might be reserved and disciplined, but they’re also condescending and know-it-alls. Don’t look at us; it’s written in the stars. Replace bladed weapons with bladed words, and this quote is perfect for Capricorns.
January 20 – February 18
Quote: “He is trying to protect me, in the simple way men are always trying to protect women: by stealing away their freedom.”
Reason: Progressive and free-spirited Aquarius signs tend to be committed to causes and social justice, making this feminist observation right up their alley.
February 19 – March 20
Quote: “The dead always finds a way.”
Reason: Pisces is one of the most spiritual signs in the zodiac, and though this quote was talking about zombies popping up like weeds, it has a haunting and ghostly feel that’s perfect for the Pisces aesthetic.