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American War

por 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"--… (mais)
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In this novel, American's politically polarization continues until civil war breaks out in 2074. Climate is running amok with Florida underwater and Louisiana sinking into the sea. Oil is banned and one can be punished for driving a vehicle that uses it.

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana is six when the war breaks out. When the war reaches Louisiana, Sarat and her family are moved to refugee Camp Patience. Conditions are brutal with water and adequate food in limited supply which causes smuggling, theft and murder. Sarat meets a mysterious man who opens her eyes to the injustices being forced on the Free Southern State by the United States. She becomes a rebel who takes out her anger on soldiers of the north eventually killing a general which leads to dire consequences for the folks in Camp Patience and for Sarat.

Dystopian fiction is not a genre I enjoy thus I found this novel very disturbing. However if the America of today doesn't solve its extreme political polarization and racial injustice, it could possibly find itself facing some of the violence and extremism depicted in this novel. ( )
  lamour | Oct 27, 2021 |
One of the most unsettling, disturbing books that I have read in a long time! The plot, set in the near future, felt prescient. The United States has endured a second civil war. The environment, disease as a weapon, and more made the hairs on my arms stand up. I genuinely could only read small portions at a time. The writing is fantastic, otherwise it wouldn't have had the impact that it did. I am left thinking that this novel may be the next "1984". Frightening! ( )
  hemlokgang | Sep 30, 2021 |
Not high literature, but nicely written addition to the dystopian speculative fiction collection (The Dog Stars, Station Eleven, Water Knife, The Road, etc.). Well plotted. The author's reporting experience clearly supports his insights about social forces and individual motivations. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Who wins in war? A complex question given a nuanced answer in "American War." I was reluctant to read this book despite having seen many good reviews because I was worried it would be too much about a post apocolyptic dystopia (and I just have no interest in those) or it would be too much about "war." I'm glad I didn't listen to myself. I was fascinated by the development of the main character (Sarat Chestnut) and by the depth of the narrative. Without being ponderous it is comprehensive. I didn't feel like anything was told to me, it was all shown and it all flowed from what had come before. This is a very timely book and it has a lot to say about "nativism" which is quite cleverly describes as a "pyramid scheme" where the ones at the top call the refugees "terrorist and criminals." Seems rather familiar. I also was angered and fascinated in equal measure to see someone become radicalized and to blame all bad things on "others." When you do that you allow yourself to do anything to advance your cause. Very dangerous. Everything about this book rang true and meaningful to me. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
The novel is the story of one woman, whose actions shape America's history in the future. Tomboy Sara T. Chestnut is slightly confused by a teacher misreading her name and decides to become known as Sarat (giving her a sort of Middle East connotation.) She has a twin sister, a brother, a mother and family, barely scraping by on a river in Louisiana, when a war with the North ostensibly about fossil fuel and a family tragedy strikes late in the 21st century, uprooting the family. The family lands in a refugee camp, where life is hard and dehumanizing and Sarat grows up fast, angry, and mostly alone. There, she is recruited by an expert and fashioned to become a weapon of destruction. While the setting is in America, I think author Omar El Akkad used the setting as a metaphor for the wars in the Middle East and how terrorists are created from ordinary people and extraordinary events, with retribution as their sole means of redress. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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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