"Powerful . . . As haunting a postapocalyptic 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 series The Hunger Games and Divergent." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 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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"This audiobook, vividly imagined by journalist Omar El Akkad and narrated by Dion Graham, transports listeners to a near-future America ravaged by war. In 2074, the Second American Civil War ignites, primarily over the federal outlawing of fossil fuels. As the red and blue states once again clash, young Sarah T. Chestnut (she's called Sarat) and her family eke out a living in the much-diminished and neutral state of Louisiana. But soon enough the Chestnuts are displaced and forced into a refugee camp, marking the start of their family's historic role in the war. Graham infuses the Chestnuts' story with urgency and heart, and he reads the official documents recounting the war with chilling veracity--making this dystopian vision of America feel all too real. A.T.N. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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