Set in a United States that is in the grip of a second Civil War over the banning of fossil fuels, American War is the dystopian novel you need to read next if you've been gripped by books like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Naomi Alderman's The Power. In this series of videos, Omar El Akkad shares how he came to write the book and the influences behind his debut novel, which has been shortlisted for the 2018 James Tait Black Prize. 

 

Omar El Akkad on . . .  the inspiration for American War



Omar El Akkad on . . . the writers who influence him



Omar El Akkad on . . .  Sarat Chestnut



Omar El Akkad on . . .  changing attitudes to the news 




To hear more from Omar, watch the latest episode of #Bookbreak where Jean asks: 'Why can't we get enough of dystopian fiction?'