James Tait Black Prize for Fiction
The Arthur C. Clarke Award
Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award
International Dublin Literary Award
Winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Literary Fiction
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.
In the media
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.
This is extremely good . . . Basically was hoping for my train to be delayed
This is an outstanding book – 1984 meets The Handmaid’s Tale – that feels closer to reality than it possibly should.