2074. Une nouvelle guerre de Sécession éclate aux États-Unis, opposant le nord du pays aux États sudistes hostiles à tout contrôle des énergies fossiles.
Sarat Chestnut a six ans quand son père est tué et qu'elle doit rejoindre un camp de réfugiés avec sa famille. Cette tragédie signe la fin d'une enfance ensoleillée près du Mississippi. Sous l'influence d'un homme qui la prend sous son aile et la transformera en une impitoyable machine de guerre, Sarat se mue au fil des épreuves en une héroïne féroce, révoltée et insaisissable.
Portrait d'un conflit dévastateur qui détruit tout sur son passage, ce livre fait écho à toutes les luttes fratricides qui naissent aux quatre coins du monde.
Powerful . . . As haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy [created] in The Road, and as devastating a look as the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in The Plot Against America. . . . Omar El Akkads debut novel, American War, is an unlikely mash-up of unsparing war reporting and plot elements familiar to readers of the recent young-adult dystopian series The Hunger Games and Divergent. --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times 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.
B>b>From the widely acclaimed, best-selling author of /b>b>American War/b>b>: a new novel--beautifully written, unrelentingly dramatic, and profoundly moving--that brings the global refugee crisis down to the level of a child''s eyes./b>/b>br>br>More bodies have washed up on the shores of a small island. Another overfilled, ill-equipped, dilapidated ship has sunk under the weight of its too many passengers: Syrians, Ethiopians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Palestinians, all of them desperate to escape untenable lives in their homelands. And only one has made the passage: nine-year-old Amir, a Syrian boy who has the good fortune to fall into the hands not of the officials but of Vänna: a teenage girl, native to the island, who lives inside her own sense of homelessness in a place and among people she has come to disdain. And though she and the boy are complete strangers, though they don''t speak a common language, she determines to do whatever it takes to save him. br>br>In alternating chapters, we learn the story of the boy''s life and of how he came to be on the boat; and we follow the girl and boy as they make their way toward a vision of safety. But as the novel unfurls we begin to understand that this is not merely the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world, it is the story of our collective moment in this time: of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair--and of the way each of those things can blind us to reality, or guide us to a better one.