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American War
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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
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:333 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...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    May 19, 2017

    I struggle on this one between 3 and 4 stars. On one hand, it is action-packed and a pretty horrifying dystopian novel. On the other, my suspension of disbelief was severely challenged by the timeline...

  • Snotchocheez
    Apr 30, 2017

    4 stars I can't quite gush effusively for Omar El Akkad's American War, but not since The Handmaid's Tale has a dystopian novel spoken to me so loud and clear. (The thinly veiled "Fuck you, Donald Tr...

  • 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...

  • Brenda
    Jun 23, 2017

    I’m giving up on this book at a little more than half way through. The premise of a dystopian world during and after a second American Civil War was interesting, and I was curious about the two maps...

  • helen the bookowl
    Jun 05, 2017

    4.5/5 stars. This book was really good and really scary, and it came as a surprise to me how much I liked it. Not because I had heard bad things about it beforehand, but because I had a feeling that t...

  • Rincey
    Jun 16, 2017

    Absolutely brutal....

  • Bryan Alexander
    Apr 23, 2017

    "Everyone fights an American war." (306)Do you know the experience of diving into a book expecting one certain thing, only to realize part-way through that the thing is actually about another subject?...

  • 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 ...