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A Best Book of the Year: The Guardian, The Observer, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. 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.
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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)
This is extremely good . . . Basically was hoping for my train to be delayed (Sarah Perry)
This is an outstanding book – 1984 meets The Handmaid’s Tale – that feels closer to reality than it possibly should. (Prima)
America’s tortured present lends unsettling believability to American War, the dystopian debut from journalist Omar El Akkad with its late 21st-century picture of a second civil war, fought over fossil fuel in a US devastated by environmental disaster. Brilliantly imagined, it’s both a timely tale and a salutary warning. (Mariella Frostrup, Guardian ‘Best Books of 2017’)
Terrifying . . . moving . . . Convincing, compelling and very bloody scary. (Metro)
Future dystopias always tell us a great deal about our most pressing contemporary anxieties and this is a novel that imagines the cracks currently emerging in US society widening into ravines. (Alex Preston ‘Best Fiction of 2017’ Observer)
[An] exciting debut . . . what sets this impressive book apart from other dystopian novels is the fully realised plausibility of the scenario El Akkad’s created, the roots of which can be all too easily identified in the world around us today... As diverting a read as this engrossing novel is, American War should no doubt also be read as a cautionary tale. (Independent)
Informed by writer El Akkad's experiences working as a journalist in Afghanistan and Egypt's Arab Spring, this is a timely and haunting book that reflects our uncertain era. (Stylist)
It is an ambitious concept and El Akkad . . . pulls it off in an imaginative feat of world building . . . American War is an assured debut and El Akkad’s experience as a war reporter lends a grisly realism to proceedings . . . A vivid and nightmarish vision of an all-too-conceivable future. (Express)
An audacious and powerful debut novel about a post-apocalyptic America, for fans of Station Eleven.
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Book Description Pan MacMillan, United Kingdom, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. 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. Seller Inventory # AWC9781509892662
Book Description Macmillan 2018-02-08, London, 2018. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9781509892662
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