American War

Omar El Akkad

3.82 based on 54 ratings & 9 reviews on Goodreads.com

2018 Nominee

James Tait Black Prize for Fiction

2018 Nominee

The Arthur C. Clarke Award

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05 April 2018
9781509852215
352 pages
Synopsis

Winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Literary Fiction
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Book of the Year.
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction.

2074. America's future is Civil War. Sarat's reality is survival. They took her father, they took her home, they told her lies . . .

She didn't start this war, but she'll end it.

Omar El Akkad’s powerful debut novel imagines a dystopian future: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague and one family caught deep in the middle. In American War, we’re asked to consider what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons against itself.

American War creates as haunting a post-apocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy did in The Road, and as devastating a look at the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in The Plot Against America.

Michiko Kakutani - New York Times

So sharply observed . . . hard to resist.

Sunday Times