American WarBook - 2017
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El Akkad is one of the CBC Books' 17 writers to watch in 2017. This novel is a futuristic tale of the second American Civil War in 2074. It follows the life of Sarat Chestnut, who at the time of the war was 6 years old. Her father was killed, and her family was taken to a camp for displaced per... Read More »
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Sarat Chestnut is born by the sea, into contested territory between the Reds and Blues that are fighting the Second American Civil War. Her world is wracked by climate change, and by the South’s refusal to give up on fossil fuels. Much of the Southern US coast is now underwater, and out-of-control drones crawl the skies. When her father is killed in a bombing, Sarat’s mother and her three children flee to Camp Patience, a refugee camp on the North/South border. There they scrape together a life always on the edge of dissolution, and the children grow up with the question of what the future can possibly hold for them. It is here that Sarat meets the mentor who will shape her mind, and turn her to his own ends.
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