Fifty States Of Fiction: Nebraska


We can’t always travel to the places on our bucket list. But we can go there with books! I started the Fifty States Of Fiction challenge with the aim of reading one book from every state in the country. Each week in 2017 I’ll be here to talk about a different state, share with you some geographical fun facts, and explore how a novel, play, or personal narrative captures the essence of the area. Want to follow along? Check out this free printable calendar I’ve created just for you! Let’s get started!


Today’s State: Nebraska

Nickname: Cornhusker State

Motto: “Equality Before the Law”

Bird: Western meadowlark

Flower: Goldenrod

Entered the union in: 1867

Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Nebraska as Cat Patrick portrays it in Revived.


Omaha Victory High School is a modern building with the latest technology and crisp, manicured grounds. Close enough to zip out for lunch are a collection of pizza and taco shops. The Omaha Zoo even has a collection of wildlife from all corners of the globe—from the cacti in the Desert Dome to the sharks in the glass aquarium—all gathered in one central location for easy pedestrian satisfaction. But the efficiency and meticulously planned landscape of Omaha, Nebraska has nothing on the layout of Daisy West’s basement. Downstairs, her caretakers have erected their traveling Revive lab in perfect form. Two worktops, tiny computers, and massive monitors line the walls. The Homogenizer, PCR machine, and water bath fit inside with room to spare. And to top it all off, bright fluorescents illuminate the entire space, providing more than enough light by which to study the rats living in cages. Nothing in Daisy’s experimental life has been left to chance. Until she meets the McKeans.

Have you read any other books set in Nebraska? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the Cornhusker State means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Nevada through literature.

And remember, if you want to keep up with our schedule as we travel the country, you can download my free printable calendar.

See you all next week!


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