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American War

af Omar El Akkad

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"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"--… (mere)
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Wanted to love this but it didn't really click for me. I kept waiting for the moment when I'd become emotionally invested and it never happened.

Concept is frighteningly realistic - the US is a climate changed ravaged country fighting a new civil war against the south over fossil fuel. This is from the perspective of the southern fighters and it tries to get into the head of why somebody would fight such a war and become a terrorist in support of it.

I think I might have liked this more if it wasn't Christmas. I'm trying to feel happy and generous in my life right now and this is opposite everything this season represents. Maybe it would have worked if I was in a different headspace. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
Apocalyptic fiction — like apocalyptic TV — really isn’t my bag.

Nevertheless, American War tells a story about what the future might hold for America that is neither implausible nor limited to the American landscape.

I will not spoil the ending for readers, let’s just say it’s grim. ( )
  MylesKesten | Jan 23, 2024 |
Futuristic climate crisis dystopia. Told from the perspective of a raised terrorist. It did not particularly move me. Re-visited north/south tensions in the future which seemed plausible and typical of humanities seeming bottomless capacity for tribal thoughtless violence. But novel never left the south. Hardly gave an idea of the greater world. First 2/3 was in refugee camp, most of the last in a prison. So it didn’t touch on something bigger and stronger. It didn’t move one to really reflect on anything because thoughtless tribal violence, alas, is all too banal.
  BookyMaven | Dec 6, 2023 |
Interesting. Post climate-catastrophe USA, riven by a second civil war. Essentially this is a story about radicalisation. I felt like the writing could have been a bit tighter — sometimes I wasn't sure if a metaphor was a play on words, or just inappropriately used; a letter from the government of the rebelling states refers to "Federal funds" (or something like that) which I would have expected to be only used about the government they were rebelling against. Those might have been entirely intentional, and I'm just misunderstanding something, and even if not they were pretty minor, but were enough to snap me out of the moment a bit. Nonetheless a thoughtful and thought-provoking quasi-literary dramatic novel. ( )
  thisisstephenbetts | Nov 25, 2023 |
Extremely disappointed. I was jacked up to read this book, based upon the description and reviews. I got about 115 pages into and realized that this isn't for me. I was expecting a totally different type of story, one which more centered around the second civil war, what caused it, the struggles of the folks at the center of the conflict, etc. Instead, it was focused on a family and what they are enduring due to the war. I'm not faulting the writer, but the promotion and description of the book do not align with what actually takes place in between the pages. This is more along the lines of The Road. ( )
  BenM2023 | Nov 22, 2023 |
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"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"--

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