Goodreads Monday ~ American War

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

American War
By Omar El Akkad
Publisher:  Knopf Publishing Group
ISBN13: 9780451493583
Pages: 333
Genre: Fiction/Dystopian


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 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.

This has been on my “to read” list since I first stumbled upon it back March. I have yet to commit, but cannot help but find the blurb very intriguing. I have not found many reviews for this one. Have you read it? Would you be interested in picking it up? What’s on your TBR or Goodreads shelf?

Happy Reading!

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42 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday ~ American War

  1. The blurb does sound intriguing! I will definitely have to check into it and look up some reviews! I hope you get to read it soon and share your thoughts Danielle!!

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  2. I’ve been seeing this popping up a lot lately but I’m very much on the fence about it. I don’t think the synopsis does it justice but I do think it has potential. I will be interested to see what you think when you finally get around to it. No pressure! 😉

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  3. Right after I saw that American War was your selection, I thought the same thing: It sounds so good, but haven’t seen many reviews for it 😦 I have an idea! You can read it and write a review for it, then I will decide lol Take one for the team lol

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  4. I stumbled on this one around pre-release as a giveaway on Goodreads was being held for it. I wouldn’t have minded a free copy since the blurb did seem intriguing, with the promise of some big twist somewhere along the line. But I don’t think I’ll be chasing after it actively though. It does indeed have little reviews on it, and few bloggers (actually just you hahah) have spoken about it for me to add it on my TBR for now! Maybe you’ll change my mind by reading it first? Hihih

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