Deathless Divide (#2)

Previous: Dread Nation (#1)

After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother.

But nothing is easy when you’re a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s America.

What’s more, this safe haven is not what it appears—as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her.

But she won’t be in it alone.

Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by—and that Jane needs her too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not.

Watching Jane’s back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it’s up to Katherine to keep hope alive—even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.


“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