American War

American War

Large Print - 2017
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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
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First Large Print Edition
ISBN: 9781524779856
1524779857
Characteristics: 499 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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“El Akkad has created a brilliantly well-crafted, profoundly shattering saga of one family’s suffering in a world of brutal power struggles, terrorism, ignorance, and vengeance. American War is a gripping, unsparing, and essential novel for dangerously contentious times.”
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Swanneje
Jun 26, 2019

Listing here so as not to lose/forget . . . 2nd civil war . . . climate change impact

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jimtroeltsch
Mar 01, 2019

The world El Akkad built in American War is the novel's most interesting component. I agree with some other reviewers, the dialogue is occasionally cringey and overreaches to the implausible, but give it a read if you're a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre. It's certainly a fascinating lens through which to observe our current time. Also a very fast read.

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pondgrl
Jan 23, 2019

I wanted to like this, since it was the Hillsboro Reads selection for 2018, but I couldn't get through it. I didn't like the characters, there was too much character development (I kept thinking "get on with it"), and it was just slow.

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tjg48
Jan 01, 2019

Too slow. Kept wishing something was going to happen to grab me. After 250 pages, gave up.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 25, 2018

An exploration of characters in the midst of a civil war. Interesting.

Hillsboro_HillaryO Oct 19, 2018

Hillsboro Reads 2018 title selection! It was, I'll be honest, a tough read for me; but the author's beautiful narrative and writing, ability to tell a story that will show you empathy in unexpected ways, and imagination to weave this fictitious-though-very-realistic tale together are commendable. I read this book out loud with my husband on a road trip and he was literally on the edge of his seat! Recommended for book groups -- you'll want to talk about it.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Oct 18, 2018

I really tried to get through this. I made it though about 100 pages and had to put it down because I kept falling asleep every time I tried to read it.

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pondgrl
Oct 04, 2018

Sadly, I was unable to get through the book - I read about 100 pages, and had to quit, as I kept falling asleep every time I read it.

BookReviewer2015 Aug 07, 2018

An interesting and fascinating read of a future America embroiled in civil war, brought on by environmental catastrophe. Interesting as it echoes anxieties of the early 21st Century.

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thomasbill92
Jul 15, 2018

I don't think I would have made it through this book if I didn't listen to the audiobook. It is a drama, very little if any edge of your seat action or suspense that you are led to expect in a war/plague type book. Just a story about a girl growing up and becoming bitter.

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shayshortt
Mar 30, 2018

Sarat Chestnut is born by the sea, into contested territory between the Reds and Blues that are fighting the Second American Civil War. Her world is wracked by climate change, and by the South’s refusal to give up on fossil fuels. Much of the Southern US coast is now underwater, and out-of-control drones crawl the skies. When her father is killed in a bombing, Sarat’s mother and her three children flee to Camp Patience, a refugee camp on the North/South border. There they scrape together a life always on the edge of dissolution, and the children grow up with the question of what the future can possibly hold for them. It is here that Sarat meets the mentor who will shape her mind, and turn her to his own ends.

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shayshortt
Mar 30, 2018

If we nod and smile while they parade some fantasy about this being a noble disagreement between equals and not a bloody fight over their stubborn commitment to a ruinous fuel, the war will never really be over…You fight the war with guns, you fight the peace with stories.

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