As it's still Black Speculative Fiction month, my pick for this week's Waiting on Wednesday is Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, coming next April. Although I'd be anxiously waiting for this one regardless of what month it is!
Why this book? Well, not gonna lie, I am a Justina Ireland fangirl — I actively follow her on Twitter (by which I mean I actually read her tweets), and I love what she's doing as one of the executive editors (along with Troy L. Wiggins) at Fiyah Literary Magazine, a quarterly magazine of black speculative fiction. And in a world with questionable reimaginings of the Civil War like the totally misguided Confederate, Dread Nation is an alternate history I can get behind.
It's got a kick-ass black heroine, a vision of American history that requires no side-eye, and... zombies! And any book with those things that's also described as being 'at once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive' is a book I need to read. I only wish it was out now, as this would be a perfect time for it!
Check it out for yourself...