“This novel by Omar El Akkad breaks all the conventions. It’s America split in two by another civil war and destroying itself.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“This haunting debut novel imagines the events that lead up to and follow the Second American Civil War at the turn of the 22nd century.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“When climate change sparks a devastating civil war in the United States in the late 21st century, one young woman fights to avenge her family’s destruction.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.
In this futuristic thriller, Sarat Chestnut becomes a product of a war, shaped by tragic circumstances. Born in Louisiana, Sarat is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. In this post-apocalyptic world, Louisiana is half underwater and ummanned drone feel the air and oil is outlawed.
Sarat’s family gets caught in this devastating circumstances and her father is killed. The remaining family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons.
Sarat is befriended by a mysterious official. This person is not who they appear to be and soon, under the deadly influenced, Sarat becomes a deadly instrument of war. Her decisions and actions will not only have tremendous implications for herself and her family but for the entire country.
This powerful debut novel is set up on the premise of “what if”, where America employs its most devastating policies and uses deadly weapons upon itself. The Author, Omar El Akkad’s presents a fractured and frightening America that is truly unimaginable to most. This America is one where the country has turned into war zones and refugee camps. From the very first word, the reader will be hooked and be unable to put this book down.
The reviews for American War are highly recommending, such as this one from Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times:
“Powerful . . . As haunting a post apocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy [created] in The Road, and as devastating a look as the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in The Plot Against America. . . . Omar El Akkad’s debut novel, American War, is an unlikely mash-up of unsparing war reporting and plot elements familiar to readers of the recent young-adult dystopian