American War

We’re happy to support debut authors, including Omar El Akkad with American War.

by Omar El Akkad

Quick take

Fair warning: this is not a beach read. Set in a near-future dystopia in which global warming has submerged America’s current coastlines, American War is scarily believable.

Why I love it

Fair warning: American War is not a beach read. Not only because the novel is not fluffy and light, but also because it’s set in a near-future dystopia in which global warming has submerged the majority of America’s current coastlines. Spring Break forever? Not likely.

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Member thoughts

42% Love
42% Like
13% Dislike
  • Christina C.

    Leominster , MA

    "Awesome read"

  • Paula K.

    Roundup, MT

    "This was an excellent book. Fast moving and an interesting subject. I read it in a day while on vacation."

  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "this was really creative and sad. If you liked the association of small bombs, you will probably like this too."

  • Sara P.

    Cincinnati , OH

    "It is evident SO much effort went into this- the research regarding the climate change effects; imagination for the fabrication of characters' lives and the war. Painfully beautiful..."

  • Elsa M.

    Doylestown, PA

    "Wow. This novel. I mean, it couldn't be more relevant to today's world! it's written in a way that makes you become the characters & the want to know the end is overwhelming - beautifully woven story."

  • Gillian M.

    Peachtree Corners, GA

    "As a northerner living in the South, it added new depth to how I think about the legacy of the first Civil War. It moved slowly in places, but the story was gripping from the first word."

  • Laura Y.

    Miami, FL

    "Even though it's not based on history, the excerpts make it so, and I found myself going back to them, making the story feel more real than it is. It leaves you wondering about the future"

  • Susan W.

    Elmhurst, IL

    "I didn't know if i was going to like this book, and i really didn't know where it was going but i loved the journey and story. Not an easy read but loved it all. "

  • Laura K.

    New Haven, CT

    "WOW this one packs a punch for sure. I haven't been able to stop thinking about the world created by this author since I put the book down. Absolute must read for lovers of dystopian fiction!"

  • Abigail F.

    Washington, DC

    "This book was slow to get into, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. What a thorough, imaginative, detailed future reality that Omar el Akkad has created with this story."

  • Rebekah E.

    Georgetown, TX

    "This is the best book I have read in a long time. I found myself constantly sharing quotes from it with my friends. Now I'm left with no idea what to read next."