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American War


An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be.

Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.

Title:American War
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages
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    American War Reviews

  • Diane S ?
    Apr 04, 2017

    A second civil war, a war over fossil fuel banned in the North but in the Southern states they still have plenty of resources and once again do not want to be dictated by those in the government. Geor...

  • Book of the Month
    Apr 01, 2017

    American Horror StoryBy Judge Maris KreizmanFair warning: American War is not a beach read. Not only because the novel is not fluffy and light, but also because it’s set in a near-future dystopia in...

  • Ron Charles
    Apr 03, 2017

    When you wade into the ever-agitated waters of social media, you realize just how quickly the currents of infectious bile are flowing. Follow the tributaries of today’s political combat a few decade...

  • Susie Wang
    Nov 14, 2016

    I wish I could give this book 10 stars out of five. I'd wished I could give it 10 stars from the prologue alone, and it got better and better.Like I said in my updates, this book feels like more like ...

  • Mary
    Apr 11, 2017

    He said that her country once occupied the most fertile land in all of the world; mother of sugar and mother of cotton and mother of corn. He taught her about the first time the North had torn her cou...

  • Andrew Campbell
    Dec 26, 2016

    They should subtitle this book IT COULD HAPPEN HERE!!, emblazoned in big red letters on a sash wrapped and affixed with a blood-red seal. The author can regale MSNBC and NPR with his Nostradamus visio...

  • Terri Jacobson
    Apr 13, 2017

    American War is a story told by an old man as he looks back on his life. He recounts a second American Civil War from 2074-2095. The MAG states--Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia--secede from the Union ov...

  • Melissa Rochelle
    Jan 22, 2017

    A timely read and a dark reminder that there is no winner once the war is over. I feel like I need more time to process my thoughts but it is definitely a good one for fans of Station Eleven and The H...

  • Ali Edwards
    Apr 22, 2017

    This book took me longer to read than others recently and sometimes I would forget that it was a future US civil war vs. the past civil war and I wondered more than once where in the world the story w...

  • Andy Lillich
    Apr 17, 2017

    It's good, I think, to occasionally read something that is outside a reader's comfort zone and this novel was that for me. I had to work hard at it, too, I must say, although I admired El Akkad's abil...