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Free download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ä Omar El AkkadNa tomboy girl who grows p to be a shattered hate filled violent 6 foot 5 inch lesbian who Leaving Loneliness usually displays prejudice ignorance and provincial close mindedness What is the explanation for her gigantism or her sexuality I have cynical suspicions Sarat s speech veers from the demotic and collouial I ain t done nothin to the grammatically correct and near elouent elouent hate and venom that is A few examples of the rhetoric You mustnderstand that in this part of the world right and wrong ain t about who wins or who kills who In this part of the world right and wrong ain t even about right and wrong It s about what you do for your own Tribal mentality for Sarat the calculus was simple the enemy had violated her people and for that she would violate the enemy There could be no other way she knew it Gaines the recruiter who exploits Sarat and makes her a terrorist explaining his philosophy of vengeance against the North and loyalty to the South I sided with the Red because when a Southern tells you what they re fighting for be it tradition pride or just mule headed stubbornness you can agree or disagree but you can t call it a lie When a Northern tells you what they re fighting for they ll The Man They Wanted Me to Be use words like democracy and freedom and euality and the whole time both you and they know that the meaning of those words changes by the day changes like the weather I d had enough of all that You pickp a gun and fight for something you best never change your mind Right or wrong you own your cause and you never ever change your mind And If you knew for a fact we were wrong would it be enough to turn you against our people No Gaines smiled Good girl he saidI just never saw this novel let go of this rhetoric or go beyond this level of reasoning There was no redemption no learning no big shifts And I don t think that a couple things Sarat did near the end were actually compassionate She view spoiler didn t spare her victims She just delayed their miserable deaths a month or two ntil she could infect everyone North and South with the plague hide spoiler ETA Hey are you someone who is considering writing some dissertation on why my review is wrong and I m stupid Do you feel that you are the one that needs to correct my path or even It s hard to say where exactly Omar El Akkad went wrong with American War because on the surface this appears to be such a well constructed novel El Akkad ties in the story of our protagonist Sarat with his imagined vision o Everyone fights an American war 306Do you know the experience of diving into a book expecting one certain thing only to realize part way through that the thing is actually about another subject You assume X but get YThat s how I read Omar El Akkad s recent novel American War Everything I read described a near future novel about a second Civil War with the north and south tearing at each other once again And the book does fulfill that promise We follow a Louisiana family as members experience the horrors of civil war as children and adults civilians and active participantsYet around two thirds of the way through I was losing patience While the characters were convincing the world building kept failing to make sense At first I ascribed this to the author s
Inexperience It S Ait s a novel or nfamiliarity with science fiction Then it hit me American War is actually about the American war on terror It s a metaphor whereby the experience suffered by other nations notably Ira transposes itself onto American soilI m not sure that worked out wellA little background American War takes place in the 21st century s final arter after climate change has trashed North American coastal cities and devoured nearly climate change has trashed North American coastal cities and devoured nearly of Florida Mexico has somehow claimed back parts of the southwest this is never explained the federal capitol is safely removed to Ohio and the South secedes rather than give p carbon based fuels A ick conventional battle gives way to attenuated guerrilla warfare including an occupation and biological warfare In a nod to late 20thearly 21st century political shorthand the north the feds are the Blues while the south are RedsThe Chestnut family comes from what is now coastal Louisiana Of mixed race Latino and black they scrabble for existence then Of mixed race Latino and black they scrabble for existence then as a new bout of fighting draws near Daughter Sarat is our main character and protagonist yet not heroine a strong and brutalized young woman who develops radically The whole narrative is dotted with excerpts from historical documents and framed by a future historian s reflectionsThe writing can be lovely The first chapter s second sentence The sun broke through a pilgrimage of clouds and cast its nblinking eye pon the Mississippi Sea Lovely and a neat bit of science fiction s transformed language There s a fine and dark rebel s catechism with an eye on NechaeyevWhat is the first anestheticWealthAnd if I take your wealthNecessitiesAnd if I demolish your home burn your fieldsAcknowledgementAnd if I make it taboo to sympathize with your plightFamilyAnd if I kill your familyGodAnd GodHasn t said a word in two thousand years 136The novel can also draw a bead on official language s own voice as when a suicide bomber becomes an insurrectionist who detonated a homicide bomb 30El Akkad is also good with references I m pretty sure the two characters named Weiland are references to Charles Brockden Brown s Wieland or The Transformation 1798 a horrific tale about manipulation and family horror A training scene on 191 is clearly a nod to the exercises in Kipling s Kim 1901Above all this is a fiercely emotional novel Our point of view characters suffer terribly and El Akkad brings their pain to s Killing the Truth uite well They also love and connect with people a sweetness we can appreciate Indeed one penultimate scene involves annlikely reunion of the sort Victor Hugo loved and combines implausibility with tear jerking pathos 322 6So how does this become an Ira war novel The world s technology averages to a historical level of around 2005 We do get hints of some kind of electric car and boat but are otherwise working with gear from generations prior to what we should expect from 2080 drones Birds 41 gas powered trucks tablet computers and televisions when the southern communities haven t fallen further back to pole barges AC less. War breaks out in 2074 But even she knows that oil is outlawed that Louisiana is half At Any Cost underwater and thatnmanned drones fill the sky When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons she begins to grow p shaped by her particular time and place But not everyone at Camp Patience. .
When you wade into the ever agitated waters of social media you realize just how ickly the currents of infectious bile are flowing Follow the tributaries of today s political combat a few decades into the future and you might arrive at something as terrifying as Omar El Akkad s debut novel American War Across these scarred pages rages the clash that many of Make Your Moment us are anxiously speculating about in the Trump era a nation riven by irreconcilable ideologies alienated by entrenched suspicions But in El Akkad s dystopian vision those differences have led once again to secession and internecine warfareThe mainspring of this imagined future clash is not race and slavery but science and This is a novel that hearkens back to the great days of serious and very dark future history the kind thatsed be common in SF before it got taken over with fluffy if dark YA that is Approaching the Guitar usually a lot simple and caricature than seriousSo now we re back to the good and serious SF no light tones here and we fast forward to a history of America where its dominance in the world has sunk with a lot of its land where ecological changes have turned the deserts into blasted lands where politics has been turnedpside everywhere else thanks to the tail end of the oil energy crisis and where plagues and war has ravaged America s soil A lot can happen in 70 years This is what world building is all about Extrapolation exploration and detail detail detail Akkad s writing is full of wonderful detail Enough pheavals have altered the landscape of the world China is dominant as is a Northern African alliance but these details are just dressing to the real taleAmerica is split between the blues and the reds but the meaning of these are just as changed in another 70 years as they were 70 years ago from today That s only realistic What we have in this novel is a very Southern tale It s not just mannerisms but the kinds of things they find pride in whether truth or lies They re just standing p for what they believe in In this case oil They re holding on to tradition and they ve made this about identity but what makes this a real cause isn t Can I Tell You about Nystagmus? uite this narrative Indeed it s all about being abused and economics and especially poverty Add plagues that have overextended an already hurting American Government and the result is massive areas ofarantines angry and scared people Add drones in the sky and angry bombers and refugee camps and it s no wonder that the war not only worsens but intensifies Now there s than real grudges at stakeAnd our main character grows Last Whales up in the lush world building of the South during the early years as a kid and we see her grow from a courageous woman into one who s been broken by the system and then we see her get her final revenge This is the main story The world building is absolutely fantastic but the pain and the strength and the way she s broken and how she copes with it is the real treatI m not saying it s easy or pleasant to put yourself in her shoes It isn t But it feels genuine Seven years in a concentration camp in Georgia without due process and subject to torture nearly the entire time isn t exactly pleasingBut it feels genuine The whole novel feels genuine Even the writing of the history of the civil war by this main character s nephew as a Future History is a wonderful detail and he s one hell of an interesting guy tooA lot of these kinds of serious dystopias can feel like a dark warning a cautionary tale and those have a very fine tradition This one avoids most of that In fact the tale is everything Any kind of moral or ethical judgment we deem to take about the character s actions are entirely personal and not just a place for the author to soapbox There s very little soapboxing here Even the reasons for joining the Reds the south are purely personal They standp for what they think is right even if they re wrong At least they don t sugar
Coat And Lie It Sand lie It s very southern attitude That and Don t Tread On Me In the end I think this novel could be an anthem to that very idea even as it shows just how dark a path it can take What a delightful novel Truly Dark and very disturbing too but delightful nonetheless 4 stars I can t The Art of War uite gush effusively for Omar El Akkad s American War but not since The Handmaid s Tale has a dystopian novel spoken to me so loud and clear The thinly veiled Fuck you Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions message was probably integral to my enjoyment Pretty simple concept imagi I didn tnderstand the point of this Something huge is missing in this novel There is a hole in the center Omar El Akkad tells a story of a new American Civil War taking place around the year 2075 To paint this setting he borrows heavily from the American Civil War of 1862 1865 and he replicates and augments the Old South s long abiding sense of injustice the Lost Cause and lost way of life loyalty to family and one s people before all else real Southern values etc But we know what that Is All A Code all a code SLAVERY rich southern whites fight to keep the institution of slavery This novel redraws every tired clich of the Old South but omits the institution of slavery and leaves this story of war without a believable reason for the war It s hollow it s a shallow reflection a pastiche Now one could say that the cause doesn t matter because El Akkad really wanted to explore the effects of civil war or why people continue to fight when the cause is lost But that doesn t satisfy me because the Introduction to Cinematography underlying reasons matter For what it s worth the barely mentioned andnexplained cause of the animosities is the Le seigneur des anneaux : La communaut de L'anneau, tome 1 / Les deux tours, tome 2 / Le Retour du Roi, tome 3 use of fossil fuels the South wants to keepsing them the rest of the countryworld want to move on But how does one region continue the fuel guzzling way of life in the global economy Oh yes there is a parallel to slavery one thinks But it still didn t make sense to me because there is no demagogue to exploit the South s violence no religious motivation to ndergird it and since this is apparently a color blind society in which race is not noticed no class and race divisions within the South to be protected They just hate the North So the actual justification for this civil war isn t devotion to gasoline fueled vehicles it s vengeance That s what he really writes aboutThe main character is an African AmericanLati. 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 pon itselfSarat Chestnut born in Louisiana is only six when the Second American Civil. Sanzoku Ou - King of Bandits Vol. 9 unified army and their weapons include roadside bombs suicide bombing and sniping I must finish the answer in spoilers alas view spoilerSarat is taken to a remote Caribbean location and tortured in secrecy along with a few dozen people similarly caughtp She s strong but finally caves nder waterboarding although the text doesn t se that word The Blues complete the conuest of the South with a surge 260 In the final framing chapters the historian heads west to a desert country 321 Get it hide spoiler 35ish stars This is not your typical dystopia I feel like that word dystopia has developed something of a negative connotation in literature recently because of the inundation of books especially YA ones that fit into the sub genre American War is science fiction in the same way that The Road or The Handmaid s Tale are science fiction which is to say speculative than science And while this book may not be on the same level as those two it s really not that far from itThe author presents a fairly well realized future in which the US is entrenched in a second civil war While the catalyst for entering war the banning of fossil fuels this time instead of slavery isn t necessarily convincing for me the actual events of the war seem plausible EDIT 91 Upon rumination I feel there s a lot missing from the explanation and the events of the war and with the future society in general It seems that the only real issue is the fossil fuels which doesn t seem like enough of a catalyst to cause and continue a war for so long END EDITIt s not perfect The writing is very good but not great There seem to be a lot of things Bitva na Hackhamské pláni (Hraničářův učeň: První roky, unaddressed perhaps intentionally but they re things I think would be relevant and important to at least make mention of Regardless the focus of the story is on an individual and how she s changed and morphed by the war from the time she s six living happily at home with her parents and siblings to twenty years later after having lived throughnspeakable tragedy and abuse The book eries How much can a person s experiences justify her actionsIt touches as well although maybe not as much as one might expect from the title on American issues history and culture but I could argue that it doesn t matter so much where the story takes place and maybe as some have pointed out its American setting is to reach a wider audience than anything else It s depressing and bleak but still not ite emotionally stirring enough for me to really connect with the main character Overall a very respectable debut with some impressive timely speculationPosted in Mr Philip s Library A second civil war a war over fossil fuel banned in the North but in the Southern states they still have plenty of resources and once again do not want to be dictated by those in the government Georgia Alabama and Mississippi South Carolina secede from the Union It is the late 2000 s climate change has already changed the map coastal cities wiped out west and South Louisianan lowlands gone a plague is released resulting in South Carolina being Goodbye My Fancy uarantined walled in residents not allowed to leave sick cityA very scary scenario the North without mercy the South breaking off into splinter groups all willing to die for the glory of the South A father is killed and a mother in desperation takes her small family son and two twin daughters Dana and Sarat and is allowed to move to a relocation camp Here a devastating act of revenge will benleashed changing this family without measureThis is an intense look at war and the damage it causes in individual lives Sarat is our nlikely protagonist and whether you like her character approve of what she does or does not do the author does a fantastic job enlightening the reader in just how she was formed how she felt and why SHE ACTED AS SHE DID IT acted as she did It the way the manipulators seek their victims and se them for their own motives Using this one family and those who come into contact with them following some in their long journey from beginning to end I found incredibly impactful The writing is excellent and the characters are impressive This book was so vividly portrayed that it engaged all my emotions how absolutely horrific were the situations in which they found themselves The last horrific were the situations in which they found themselves The last of this situations in which they found themselves The last lines of this so incredibly poignantCould this happen here again Well they say never say never I like to think not but it is being experienced daily in many countries Syria for instance with new staggering death tolls due to a chemical attack So at the very least this book can serve as a warning and in some instances absolute realityARC from Knopf publishing I struggle on this one between 3 and 4 stars On one hand it is action packed and a pretty horrifying dystopian novel On the other my suspension of disbelief was severely challenged by the timeline and the realignment of world power don t worry no spoilers The protagonist Sarat is an interesting and tragic figure but she was hard to have sympathy for at times Some of her actions were predictable not to say almost caricatural while her actions do seem realistically driven by her suffering The thing that bugged me about the book was the almost complete absence of black characters other than the protagonist and descriptions of racism Sure there is a lot about North Blue vs South Red but all the principle characters soldiers rebels survivors are white No Hispanics or Blacks I would also like to have had justification to how all the land from Texas to California gets swallowed by Mexico particularly if the cartel was not at the bottom of itOne thing I did enjoy and appreciate in this book was the implicit warning about the coming environmental crises on both coasts of the US Some of the other catastrophes were as horrifying even if they begged as I mentioned before How to Stop Your Grownup from Making Bad Decisions (Nina the Philosopher, uite a lot of suspension of disbelief The wartime writing was good and it is primarily action and circumstance that drives this novel I will be curious to see where the author goes next with hisite vivid and emboldened imagination I guess this is kind of a zombie less The Walking Dead mashed The Vampires Bedside Companion up with The Man in the High Castle in a way In any case aick read and interesting thought provoking story. Is who they claim to be Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary The Highgate Vampire under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war The decisions that she makes will have tremendous conseuences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.
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