Uncivil. Readers who love a thick and hearty dystopian soup are those most likely to enjoy Omar El Akkad’s debut novel titled, American War. Set in the last quarter of the 21st century, the novel presents a depressing picture: a second American civil war; the damage from climate change; life in an internment camp; foreign powers exploiting American weakness; and huge loss of life from a plague. Akkad uses protagonist Sarat Chestnut as the instrument through which we learn about life in this uncivil society, and Akkad portrays the ability of one individual to make a huge difference in the world.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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