Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, 449 pages.
What a fun book to read / listen to. I really enjoyed this YA / Zombie novel (YA book about Zombies, not a book that is meant to appeal to either demographic). Post Civil War, post rise of the undead Maryland is the site of Miss Preston's School of Combat for Negro Girls. Our protagonist, Jane McKeene has been sent there, and is, in fact, one of the top students. It is a crazy world wherein the war ended without either side surrendering when the dead started rising from the battlefield and chasing down the living. African American teens and Native American teens are forcibly sent to combat schools and are forced to risk their lives protecting whites. Jane has never been one for following stupid rules and she has had several run-ins with the school administration. As the situation at school changes for Jane, she must adapt to more dangerous situations.