Justina Ireland

Justina Ireland is the author of Dread Nation (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins), a New York Times bestseller, as well as the sequel Deathless Divide. Her earlier works include the fantasy young adult novels Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows (both Simon and Schuster).

Justina also writes for the Star Wars franchise, including the books Lando’s Luck, Spark of the Resistance, and the upcoming A Test of Courage, part of the High Republic publishing initiative.

She is the former co-editor in chief of FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, for which she won a World Fantasy Award. She holds a BA from Armstrong Atlantic University and an MFA from Hamline University. 

Find Justina on her website, or follow her on Twitter @justinaireland.

Bibliography

  • Locus Award Winner

    Dread Nation Series
    Dread Nation (#1)
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    Deathless Divide (#2)
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    Promise of Shadows
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    Vengeance Bound
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    Star Wars: Lando’s Luck
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    Star Wars: Spark of the Resistance
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    Star Wars: The Test of Courage
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Reviews

Dread Nation Series

Dread Nation (#1)
"With a shrewd, scythe-wielding protagonist of color, DREAD NATION is an exciting must-read.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“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.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Ireland delivers a necessary, subversive, and explosive novel with her fantasy-laced alternate history [...] maneuvering through a world that is brilliant and gut-wrenching."

Booklist, Starred Review

"A perfect blend of horrors real and imagined, perfect for public and school libraries and fans of The Walking Dead.”

School Library Journal, Starred Review

“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.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review

“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.”

Horn Book, Starred Review

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.”

Locus

“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

Standalone

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."

Kirkus Reviews

" [A] solid book [...] the mythos Ireland creates strikes the right mix of familiarity and invention, and is well worth exploring."

Publisher's Weekly

"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."

School Library Journal

Vengeance Bound
"Buffy meets Dexter with a sprinkling of Aeschylus"

Kirkus Reviews

"Suspenseful...[a] page-turner."

School Library Journal

"An original take on possession."

VOYA

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