Omar El Akkad
Omar El Akkad Æ 2 DownloadA second civil war a war over fossil fuel banned in the North but in the Southern states they still have plenty of esources 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 Ethnographic Research: A Guide to General Conduct releasedesulting in South Carolina being uarantined walled in The Gravedigger 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 aelocation camp Here a devastating act of Martini Henry revenge will be unleashed changing this family without measureThis is an intense look at war and the damage it causes in individual lives Sarat is our unlikely protagonist and whether you like her character approve of what she does or does not do the author does a fantastic job enlightening theeader in just how she was formed how she felt and why she acted as she did It highlights the way the manipulators seek their victims and use 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 lines of this book 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 ealityARC from Knopf publishing 4 stars I can t 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 imagining the United States circa the late 21st century in the midst of a second Civil War thanks in no small part to global warming Florida is gone gone gone and the polemical divide betweenBlues and Reds To El Akkad s and the book s credit the focus is not uite on the war itself which is a good thing I m not sure with the books I ve ead lately how much warfare I could stomach Rather much of the attention is centered on the Chestnut family and specifically fraternal twin sisters Sara T or Sarat and Dana and their woes contending with life pre to post war in the purple lands of Louisiana at the periphery of the seceded Free Southern State Even though the war is off camera conveyed via interspersed archival papers and news Great Guerrilla Warriors reportseminiscent of Max Brooks World War Z sans zombies the Chestnut family s travails are unflinchingly harsh and brutal particularly as they are uprooted from Louisiana to Camp Patience a A Mind That Found Itself: An Autobiography refugee tent favela in Iuka Mississippi Sarat in contending with the strife of dodging snipers Birds drone bombers and the South Carolina centered plague emerges as an enigmatic badass heroine a 6 5 seething anger vessel hell bent onetribution for the Blues Piedritas Bajo La Almohada ripping apart her familyThere s probably going to be a contingent ofeaders who hate this novel for El Akkad s pretty obvious to me anti ight stance and others might pooh pooh the melodrama but the What If scenario he s dreamed up for its plausibility alone makes this a frighteningly fascinating wake up call Expect the Netflix adaptation forthwith 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 of a second American Civil War in a way that s comprehensive and undeniably steeped with tragedy The world building in this novel is immense with various news articles scattered like historical set pieces throughout the narrative But when you look closer there are too many gaping holesWhat about the current social climate in America with all our institutionalized acism and police brutality suggests that we e moving toward a post acial colorblind society How can El Akkad draw so heavily on the first American Civil War for his narrative and completely ignore the uestion of slavery and Bibi Blocksberg - Bibi total verknallt racism How can the South continue to use fossil fuels when theest of the country no longer does How did the Mexican annexation of a large egion of the US come about How on earth did every country in the Middle East come together in the span of about fifty years to form a epublicThese are just a few of the fifty years to form a The Obituary republicThese are just a few of the American War left me with Maybe theye not the point But I can t help but to feel like a novel which goes to such great lengths to set the stage for this future alternate history needs to be able to provide the Selbstbewußt auftreten reader with satisfactory answersMy second issue with this book is that it s dull tedious and downright boring If I hadn t beeneading this for a book club I would have strongly considered DNFing which as you guys know I never do I just couldn t bring myself to care about Sarat who felt like a caricature than a well developed character in her own The Poetry Of William VII, Count Of Poitiers, IX Duke Of Aquitaine right or about the background characters who littered the narrative without much depth or individual personalitiesI waseally disappointed by this book I thought that a novel about a second American Civil War would be difficult to A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia, 1400-1830 read because of what aealistic possibility it is but American War was never able to convince me that it was anything other than highly imaginative fiction Maybe I could have forgiven that if the plot or characters held my attention but they didn t It was such a Ferdinand, der Mann mit dem freundlichen Herzen relief to finish this ETA Hey are you someone who is considering writing some dissertation on why myeview is wrong and I m stupid Do you feel that you are the one that needs to correct my path or even just punish me for having the nerve to write this Alcora - 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hacky piece of work that is trying very hard to be politically profound but failing in executionFirst letpiece of work that is trying very hard to be politically profound but failing in executionFirst let talk about why it fails in my eyes as a dystopian novel And no I don t mean its lack of a teenager falling in love with a ebel boy or the fact that they don t seem to all be dressed as emo soldiers although there are plenty of soldiersSee This is how it s doneThere are two ways to go about building a good dystopia1 Make it so far fetched that it is fantasy and therefore the eader is not comparing it to Child Support, for the Non-Custodial Parent, Alabama Edition (Series 1, for the Non-Custodial Parent) realityor2 Make it close toeality with an event that changes it enough to be dystopia L. Munatius Plancus: Serving and Surviving in the Roman Revolution regardless of whether the event itself isealisticAnother essential elementThis book is trying to be modeled by the second option but falls short in enough ways to suspend believability and make the eader uestion the timeline and events in the context of what we know to be trueAww now this is like it Totally believableThe event that is supposed to be the. 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 itselfSarat Chestnut born in Louisiana is only six when the Second American Civil. Break from our timeline is a second Civil War in America The problem was that the book pretty much just ecycled the The Organization Man real Civil War and changed a few things like fossil fuel for slavery If this war was meant to be in any way believable we would have to agree that our country learned nothing the first time and were willing to do the exact same thing a couple hundred years later And yes fossil fuel usage is a pretty Southern thing but in this world the polar ice caps have melted and many cities are underwater I think at that point people would probably give up the idea of global warming not being trueWhy couldn t the Titanic sink in Carribbean instead Or have Rose scoot over a bit They done Leo wrong manNext let s talk about why it fails as a political commentaryIn thiseality the Arab nations and Africa all unite to become a super country that is the bestest most prosperous and stablest place on Earth Now I m not going to say anything crazy like this could never happen but let s face it this book isn t set far enough in the future to Krebszellen mögen keine Sonne. 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Mit Vitamin-D-Barometer ... resolve every problem in the Middle East and Africa which are very different problems by the wayDon t forget Africa while you are at it Bob ThanksNot only this but in so many other ways the book was eyeolling in its desire to pander to an audience who would be super excited about the idea that America will suffer and fall And not just us folks You over there in the European area your people are desperately trying to cross the borders into the safe sweet arms of the Middle East as well We all want a piece of that pieMaybe we can make a tradeThere is such thinly veiled hate for America in this book that it s hidden about as well as an Easter Egg at the blind kid schoolSometimes things are obviousDuring this second Civil War we are living off the generosity of China s aid in the form of food and blankets we are displaced from our homes and put into The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945 refugee camps we are being turned into suicide bombers with the financial aid of Egypt and we even have our own little Guantanamo where our Southern Belles are being tortured yes waterboarding happensSouthern girls have already been tortured by Southern mamas all their lives Haven t they suffered enoughIs someone pissed at usHas someone been having little Death to America dreams that they needed to get down on paperGet in line 35ish stars This is not your typical dystopia I feel like that word dystopia has developed something of a negative connotation in literatureecently 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 The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo really not that far from itThe author presents a fairly wellealized 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 The Mathematics of Financial Derivatives: A Student Introduction 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 onlyeal 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 unaddressed perhaps intentionally but they The United States and Peru: Cooperation -- At a Cost re things I think would beelevant 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 through unspeakable tragedy and abuse The book ueries 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 each a wider
AUDIENCE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IT Sthan anything else It s and bleak but still not uite emotionally stirring enough for me to eally connect with the main character Overall a very espectable debut with some impressive timely speculationPosted in Mr Philip s Library This is a novel that hearkens back to the great days of serious and very dark future history the kind that used be common in SF before it got taken over with fluffy if dark YA that is usually a lot simple and caricature than seriousSo now we e 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 turned upside everywhere else thanks to the tail end of the oil energy crisis and where plagues and war has avaged 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 upheavals have altered 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 was severely challenged by the timeline and the ealignment of world power don t worry no 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 Widow of Dartmoor 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 ofacism Sure there is a lot about North Blue vs South Red but all the principle characters soldiers ebels survivors are
White No Hispanics Or Blacks I WouldNo Hispanics or Blacks I would 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 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 his uite vivid and emboldened imagination I guess this is kind of a zombie less The Walking Dead mashed up with The Man in the High Castle in a way In any case a uick ead and interesting thought provoking story I didn t understand 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 eplicates 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 eal Southern values etc But we know what that is all a code for SLAVERY Prinzipien Der Gemeinschaftlichen Kosten- Und Schadenstragung Im Seerecht Und Au�ergew�hnliche Formen Der Haverei Im 18. Jahrhundert rich southern whites fight to keep the institution of slavery This noveledraws every tired clich of the Old South but omits the institution of slavery and leaves this story of war without a believable O Sabor dos Caroços de Maçã reason for the war It s hollow it s a shalloweflection a pastiche Now one could say that the cause doesn t matter because El Akkad Only the Hunted Run 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 underlyingeasons matter For what it s worth the barely mentioned and unexplained cause of the animosities is the use of fossil fuels the South wants to keep using them the Edgar Cayce's Hidden History of Jesus rest of the countryworld want to move on But how does oneegion continue the fuel guzzling way 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.
F 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 The Culture Chamber religious motivation to undergird it and since this is apparently a color blind society in whichace is not noticed no class and Whispering Coves 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 heeally writes aboutThe main character is an African AmericanLatina tomboy girl who grows up to be a shattered hate filled violent 6 foot 5 inch lesbian who 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 Bees: An Up-Close Look at Pollinators Around the World rhetoric You must understand that in this part of the worldight and wrong ain t about who wins or who kills who In this part of the world ight and wrong ain t even about ight 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 ecruiter 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 e 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 Word and Image: An Introduction to Early Medieval Art re fighting for they ll 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 pick up 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 thishetoric or go beyond this level of The Compact Guide to World Religions reasoning There was noedemption 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 until she could infect everyone North and South with the plague hide spoiler Everyone fights an American war 306Do you know the experience of diving into a book expecting one certain thing only to The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley realize part way through that the thing is actually about another subject You assume X but get YThat s how Iead Omar El Akkad s ecent novel American War Everything I ead 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 a first novel or unfamiliarity 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 uarter after climate change has trashed North American coastal cities and devoured nearly all of Florida Mexico has somehow claimed back parts of the southwest this is never explained the federal capitol is safely Tätiges Leben: Pluralität und Arbeit im politischen Denken Hannah Arendts removed to Ohio and the South secedesather than give up carbon based fuels A uick 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 G-Man: The Real Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat race Latino and black they scrabble for existence thenelocate 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 adically The whole narrative is dotted with excerpts
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The Mississippi Sea Lovely And A Neat Bit Of ScienceMississippi Sea Lovely and a neat bit of science s transformed language There s a fine and dark ebel 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 eferences I m pretty sure the two characters named Weiland are Style and Idea 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 us uite well They also love and connect with people a sweetness we can appreciate Indeed one penultimate scene involves an unlikelyeunion 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 houses and old school moonshine The south is filled with semi organized insurgent bands Der Peloponnesische Krieg (Beck'sche Reihe) rather than a unified army and their weapons includeoadside bombs suicide bombing and sniping I must finish the answer in spoilers alas view spoilerSarat is taken to a emote Caribbean location and tortured in secrecy along with a few dozen people similarly caught up She s strong but finally caves under waterboarding although the text doesn t use 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 When you wade into the ever agitated waters of social media you ealize just how uickly 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 Die mechanischen Kinder rages the clash that many of us are anxiously speculating about in the Trump era a nationiven 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 ace and slavery but science and the environment We learn that as climate change avaged the Earth intelligent societies abandoned fossil fuels but the South clung to its peculiar institution and kept pumping excavating and burning As El Akkad tells it that act of Aufsatze!: Essays Zur Poetik, Literatur Und Kunst rebellion called down the North s Toead the Anna Goeldin - The Last Witch rest of thiseview go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomenter. 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 conseuences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country Ejercito y Milicias En El Mundo Colonial Americano rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.