Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

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This article is about the book. For the series, see Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (series).

Dread Nation
Cover of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Author(s) Justina Ireland
Published April 3, 2018
Publisher Balzer + Bray
Genre(s) Historical Fiction
Age group Young Adult

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland is a young adult historical fiction horror novel, originally published on April 3, 2018. It is the first book in the Dread Nation series.

Trigger Warnings

  • Death
  • Gore
  • Racism
  • Slavery
  • Violence


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Aro/Ace
  • Bisexual biracial main character
  • Black main and side characters
  • Indigenous



  • This book is partly based on boarding schools that Native American children were forced to go to. Several indigenous reviewers have said the representation is bad.[1]