American War

A Novel

12h runtime; narrated by Dion Graham

Published April 4, 2017 by Random House Audio.

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3 stars (3 reviews)

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 …

2 editions

this was ok

3 stars

Well written enough to get through, but frustrating in its lack of engagement with the effects of climate change. This may have been an expectation issue, I heard about this book in relationship to folks changing their outlooks, but it takes two existing conflicts (US wars in the middle east, and the US civil war) and attempts to cram them into a rising sea level world.

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  • Drone aircraft — Fiction
  • Soldiers — Fiction
  • Civil war — United States — Fiction
  • Dystopian fiction