American War: A novel (Random House Large Print)

American War: A novel (Random House Large Print) Author Omar El Akkad
ISBN-10 1524779857
ISBN-13 9781524779856
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 512
Language English
Publisher Random House Large Print
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Powerful As haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy created in The Road and as devastating a look as the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in The Plot Against America Omar El Akkads debut novel American War is an unlikely mash up of unsparing war reporting and plot elements familiar to readers of the recent young adult dystopian series The Hunger Games and Divergent Michiko Kakutani The New York TimesAn audacious and powerful debut novel a second American Civil War a devastating plague and one family caught deep in the middlea 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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