Locus Award WinnerDread Nation SeriesDread Nation (#1)Justina Ireland
- Dread Nation SeriesDeathless Divide (#2)Justina Ireland
- StandaloneOphie’s GhostsJustina Ireland
- StandaloneStar Wars: The Test of CourageJustina Ireland
- StandaloneStar Wars: Spark of the ResistanceJustina Ireland
- StandaloneStar Wars: Lando’s LuckJustina Ireland
- StandalonePromise of ShadowsJustina Ireland
- StandaloneVengeance BoundJustina Ireland
Dread Nation Series
Dread Nation (#1)
"With a shrewd, scythe-wielding protagonist of color, DREAD NATION is an exciting must-read.”
“Abundant action, thoughtful worldbuilding, and a brave, smart, and skillfully drawn cast entertain as Ireland illustrates the ignorance and immorality of racial discrimination and examines the relationship between equality and freedom.”
"Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-laced alternate history [...] maneuvering through a world that is brilliant and gut-wrenching."
"A perfect blend of horrors real and imagined, perfect for public and school libraries and fans of The Walking Dead.”
“DREAD NATION will catch readers off-guard with its blend of genres: it starts out as a historical thriller but then tosses in hard hits of mystery, dystopian reimaginings, romance, and humor. Jane’s voice and narration, despite the era, find familiar to more contemporary considerations of Black girlhood, with elements such as beauty standards, colorism, and friendships poignantly dispersed and discussed throughout.”
“This absorbing page-turner works on multiple levels: as unflinching alternate history set in post-Reconstruction-era Maryland and Kansas; as a refreshingly subversive action story starring a badass heroine; as zombie fiction suspenseful; and as a compelling exhortation to scrutinize the racist underpinnings of contemporary American sociopolitical systems.”
Deathless Divide (#2)
“The imaginative integration of real-world historical players into an equally messy, gruesome chronology artfully developed by the author makes this stand out. A seriously satisfying, worthy, and well-crafted sequel.”
Kirkus, Starred Review
“In Ireland’s riveting sequel to Dread Nation […] Ireland tackles heavy questions about racism, nationalism, and identity against a historical fantasy backdrop.”
Booklist, Starred Review
“DEATHLESS DIVIDE is staggering in what it achieves. It’s satisfying, exciting at times, and powerful.”
“Ireland threads her thrilling plot with incisive commentary about race, gender, and power that will appeal to today’s activist teen readers.”
The Horn Book Reviews
“This sequel adds Katherine’s voice to the narration, and she’s an effectively compelling foil to Jane in every way, from her proper nineteenth-century manners and concern for etiquette to her optimistic view of a future beyond being merely an Attendant.”
The Center for Children’s Books
"A thoughtful exploration of race and a shivery supernatural page-turner."
"Ophie's Ghosts is at once a gripping mystery and a deeply moving story of one determined girl's quest to bring peace and healing to those whom society has left behind. With grace and heart, Ireland asks us to bear witness to America’s ghosts and shines a light on the path to setting them free."
Anne Ursu, author of The Lost Girl
"Ireland's debut on the middle grade scene is beautifully written with a clear-eyed view of a complex past that is still to be reckoned with. The reverberations of the heart-wrenching mystery at its center will haunt readers in the best of ways."
Tracey Baptiste, New York Times bestselling author of The Jumbies
"Haunting, suspenseful, and steeped in the very real ghosts of injustice in America, Ophie’s Ghosts is a brilliant page-turner of a mystery. I couldn’t put it down, and Ophie’s courage and compassion make her a character I’ll never forget."
Kate Messner, author of Chirp and Breakout
Star Wars: The Test of Courage
"A great read for Star Wars fans young and old."
Ireland’s priority is always a well-told story rather than trying to awe or surprise you with elements swinging for the fences, and A Test of Courage is all the better for it.... Nothing gets in the way of achieving Star Wars: A Test of Courage’s core narrative goals — and at this point, that’s incredibly refreshing to see in a new piece of Star Wars media."
"A Test of Courage is a fantastic introduction to these characters and a great story. The friendship and bond formed between characters as they cope with grief and trauma is touching to see. The hope they find in each other lifts them above the grief and out of the dark. It’s Star Wars at its finest and I’m so thrilled these characters will be introducing readers, young and old, to this new era of the galaxy far, far away."
Promise of Shadows
"Ireland does a wonderful job of creating characters described in myths and bringing them to our world […] Ireland also does a masterful job with throwaway comments that reveal the diversity in her characters with regard to race, sexuality, and of course, immortality without being heavy handed […] a healthy dose of action, a strong thread of humor, and just a touch of romance."
VOYA, Starred Review
"Zephyr’s narration hooks readers with snappy, hilarious one-liners. A dark, slyly funny read."
" [A] solid book [...] the mythos Ireland creates strikes the right mix of familiarity and invention, and is well worth exploring."
"The fast pacing and dynamic plot will engage readers [...] The snappy, hilarious dialogue between the protagonist and her friends balances the ominous apocalyptic story line, which will also attract fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and underdog heroines."
"Buffy meets Dexter with a sprinkling of Aeschylus"
"An original take on possession."
Awards & Accolades
Dread Nation Series
Dread Nation (#1)
Deathless Divide (#2)
Junior Library Guild Selection 2021