American War

American War

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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, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war.
Publisher: London : 2017. Picador,
ISBN: 9781509852208
Branch Call Number: AF EL

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LoganLib_Kirra Jun 26, 2018

Sarat Chestnut is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious fun... Read More »


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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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dupree905
Jul 09, 2018

Very unfocused book. The backstory appears to have been made up as the writer went along. This should have been a better book. I can't understand how the writer can say Mexico reclaimed land when they are consumed by Cartel money, I don't see this happening in the time frame stated in the book.

loonylovesgood Jul 06, 2018

Devastating and powerful story. Really hard book to put down. It's also one of the most plausible futuristic scenarios I've encountered in fiction.

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altybiz
Apr 05, 2018

Wow, can this guy write! He packs so much into a single sentence without the sentence becoming a wearing load of trivia. And he found a way to have the main character remain true to herself through the end. I was hypnotized and read the book in a day. It's no happy-sappy story though, so I'll need to take a long break before reading another of his. Believable storyline.

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dirtbag1
Mar 31, 2018

Definitely worth reading. I found the plot a bit thin for my liking. The author's writing style is outstanding making the reading itself very pleasant.

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shayshortt
Mar 30, 2018

In American War, journalist Omar El Akkad paints a dark dystopian future in which the unreconciled shadows of America’s past rise up to tear the country apart once more. His protagonist begins as a child caught in the middle of that fight, and is irrevocably twisted and shaped by the horrors of war. We follow Sarat as she goes from refugee to fighter to war hero to wanted terrorist, perceptions of her swaying and turning depending from which side of the conflict she is being seen. We see her broken and remade, and broken again, and must inevitably follow her to the consequences of that final breaking. She is not a likeable character, and the reader is not necessarily supposed to sympathize with her actions, but it the author’s quest to make us understand her nevertheless.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2018/03/29/american-war/

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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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