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Our War: A Novel

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A prescient and gripping novel of a second American civil war, and the children caught in the conflict, forced to fight.

When the president of the United States is impeached, but refuses to leave office, the country erupts into civil war.

10-year-old Hannah Miller, an orphan living in besieged Indianapolis, has joined a citizen's militia. She had nowhere else to go. And afte
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Orbit
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Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine the horror of a second American civil war. The atrocities people can wage on each other, but nothing could be as heinous as using children as soldiers, innocents caught up in the devastation of war when they are the greatest victims.

Two young siblings will be separated when their parents are killed, Hannah, 10, will fight with the Free Women’s militia. Her older brother, Alex, will fight with The Liberty Tree militia. They will become enemies, yet neither knows the other is alive as war
Lisa Wolf
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to even start describing this powerful and upsetting book? It feels all too real, as an increasingly factionalized and radicalized America is plunged into a brutal civil war. Sides are drawn -- and armed. It's deadly serious, and as is sadly the norm in armed conflicts, children are the ones who are caught in the middle, starving, orphaned, witnessing death and brutality that no child should have to see,

Hannah is one of several POV characters; others include a hard-charging journalist purs
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating: ★★★★-


A prescient and gripping novel of a second American civil war, and the children caught in the conflict, forced to fight.

When the president of the United States is impeached, but refuses to leave office, the country erupts into civil war.

10-year-old Hannah Miller, an orphan living in besieged Indianapolis, has joined a citizen’s militia. She had nowhere else to go. And after seeing the firsthand horrors of war, she’s determined to fight with the Free Women militia.

Hannah’s ol
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Hannah's family and childhood were gone, but they were always there in easy reach for her to remember. Her mind retreated deeper until they came alive again, and this new world, this horrible, cold world, faded away to nothing."

First of all, I absolutely cannot speak about this book without mentioning the beautiful cover designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio, since that is what originally drew me in. It's so fucking impactful, isn't it? I can't help but think of the old war propaganda posters when I
Craig DiLouie’s Our War is a book that is not as out there as it could be, considering the current political landscape. In fact, in some ways, this could be seen as a warning of what could come. I tend to steer clear of discussing all things political – everyone is welcome to their own view, and I’d rather avoid any arguments that could occur – so I’m not going to dig into the political messages of the story, I’ll simply focus on what I thought of the story itself.

With Our War, Craig DiLouie giv
Mrs. Y
I want to thank the incredible team behind Craig DiLouie for asking me to read this book. I picked it up on NetGalley whom I also would like to thank for helping reviewers read books. "Our War" is a book that has some very significant relevance in the current climate of the United States.

Let me start with the first impression and one that lingered with me through reading. "Our War" was one of the most emotionally charged books I've read, especially after the shooting at the Garlic Festival, El
I received an ARC of this book from Orbit in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This was not an easy book to read.

DiLouie pulls no punches and his books force us to take a long hard look in the mirror to examine uncomfortable truths. Where One of Us dealt with the horrors of extreme prejudice, Our War tackles tribalism and political radicalization.

In the near future, the president of the United States refuses to step down after being impeached. The country erupts into civil war, with libe
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I had the privilege of reading an early copy of this excellent book.

In his latest, Di Louie bravely tackles the topic of an American civil war, divided between Right and Left. With that kind of premise, you might expect a political polemic in which Di Louie lionizes one side and villainizes the other, but that’s not what he does. Instead, we see the desperate tragedy on both sides as they destroy everything they’re fighting to save, even sending children to fight and die as soldiers.

One strength
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When politics fail…

American-Canadian author/journalist/educator Craig DiLouie has published many novels in the genres of thriller, apocalyptic horror and sci-fi fantasy fiction, winning many awards and securing a wide audience. But one area of focus that goes unmentioned is his uncanny ability to create novels about the causes, impact, and devastation of war. His insights into the origin of conflict and the manner in which war distorts and polarizes society, though depicted as fiction, is as fin
Alicia Smock
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wars are not something to be idolized. Hollywood today has glamorized war, encouraging audiences to root for the heroes and long for the villains to be destroyed. And yet, wars, real true wars, are not like what movies depict and only soldiers, the real true heroes who fought, will ever fully understand that. Movies and history books give viewers and readers a mere glimpse as to what actually happens. In a war, perhaps one side is right and the other is wrong… Perhaps both sides strongly prove t ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A haunting look at the near future when an impeached president refuses to leave office resulting in a cruel civil war that recruits even children as soldiers.

The writing is decent, even better than decent. But this author's political views are hardly disguised in this issue-oriented political tale that offers stereotypical derogatory depictions of "the right" (are they all rapists and fanatics?) and unrealistic depictions of "the left" (clearly is okay with strong women leading the way (but wome
Kevin Lucia
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. Disturbing, thought-provoking, yet hopeful, and enthralling. Full review soon at CDonline.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Sadly, given the current political environment, this story isn't as far fetched as it might have seemed 3 years ago.
John Cunningham
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book feels like someone with a lot of misplaced anxiety played too much of the computer game “This War of Mine” and then tried to replicate the Bosnian Civil War in America with his own roster of good guys vs bad guys.

The author’s 2nd American civil war focuses on characters in trapped in fighting in Indianapolis, with the “good guys” being woke social justice warriors, women’s collectives and pride patrols fighting the “bad guy” crude stereotype redneck militia dudes running around in rat
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A powerful and realistic portrayal of a near future civil war, Our War is a harrowing, emotional and ultimately uplifting story about the nature of war.

“After we win this war, we can put away the guns for good.”

Last year I was blown away by Craig DiLouie’s One of Us , a grim, alternate history about a group of marg
Lelia Taylor
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Unexpectedly, I found this to be a difficult book to read, much less review, so I'll just hit a few highlights.

Craig DiLouie is a new author to me but I understand from other reviewers that his strong suit is the portrayal of war and I have to agree he did that very well here. His depictions of the real horrors of war, particularly civil war, made me feel I was right there in the thick of it, standing by my fellow citizen soldiers.

Mr. DiLouie's choice to focus on children is a large part of my d
Nikki Mitchell
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warning: Adult language and content as well as graphic images/violence

In this dystopian America, eerily similar to our own present time of 2019, a civil war is raging between the liberals and conservatives. The President was convicted of crimes and the Senate attempted to remove him from office; Marsh had different plans, however. He refused to leave his presidency, and the country exploded into kill or be killed. Now, there are hundreds if not thousands of individual militias, barely he
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A near-future dystopic novel that integrates what might happen if the government failed. It reminds one of several things thus making it a bit too real. DiLouie plays up a Civil War type conflict where brother and sister are pitted against each other, where families are crushed and ideals are manipulated. Scary.
Aug 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
I am very mixed on how to rate this as of yet. It was really strong in a lot of places, but not as much in others.

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

I finished this book about a week ago and I am still conflicted on how I feel about it and how to rate it. On the one hand, there are elements that make this a really great book with incredible depth and meaning, but on the other hand, there are more than a few elements that simply didn't work for me and left me feeling uncertain. Howev
Caitlin Farley
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The president’s refusal to be impeached by Congress plunges the USA into civil war in DiLouie’s heartfelt dystopian war novel, Our War. While peace talks in Ottawa founder, Indianapolis is under siege, the city's suburbs divided by frontlines as the well-equipped Right wing militias fight to take the city from the Left wing militias that outnumber them.

While there are several viewpoint characters in Our War, including journalist, Aubrey, and Gabrielle, an inexperienced UNICEF worker, the charac
Chris Patrick Carolan
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Craig DiLouie's latest novel, OUR WAR, is an absolute triumph. This story of a second American Civil War sparked by an unfit president's to step down following impeachment (hmm...) is told through the eyes of several characters, most notably Hannah and Alex Miller, siblings turned soldiers who find themselves on opposite sides of the line. Watching the situation spiral as their paths inevitably criss cross and collide is tense, dramatic, heartbreaking, and perhaps a little too real for comfort. ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
High 3 stars.
The story follows Hannah Miller and her brother Alex as they find themselves embroiled in an American civil war that they initially were not vested in. Out of dire necessity, they seek out security and a measure of value with different militias that are fighting on opposing sides. Also chronicled are a newspaper correspondent and a UNICEF worker.
I thought the story took off with a shocking bang. All wars, especially civil wars, have plenty of atrocities, and the author enumerates ha
Nate Stueve
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
"They declared war on reality. They elected a maniac who almost broke the country. When he failed, they rose up and broke it themselves. You can’t reason with them, and they hate our guts."

As a political progressive that abhors the militant conservatism rearing its ugly head again in our country, and who fears what they might do to their "imaginary enemies" (to quote the author) like immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, feminists, non-Christians, and others as such conservatives become more violent, paran
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
"Our War" posits a near-future American civil war, seen through the lense of a cast of characters navigating either side of the Battle of Indianapolis. The President's been impeached, he's refused to leave office, and all hell has broken loose. Will the journalist live to tell her story? Will the UNICEF worker live long enough to get aid flowing to the city? What will come of the child soldiers on either side of the conflict?

Craig DiLouie tells this story well, with believable characters and sce
Todd Martin
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Our War is a bit of speculative dystopian fiction by Craig DiLouie in which the U.S. President is impeached but refuses to leave office. Right-wing militias regard the impeachment as a soft coup by the Deep State sparking a civil war between the rebs and the libs.

Crazy … right?!? You have to wonder where these madcap sci-fi authors come up with their zany ideas. Ha ha … uh … heh … uh ...
{sporadic and awkward chuckling tapering off into a long uncomfortable silence}

The bulk of the action takes p
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DiLouie writes a speculative fiction that hits a little too close to home. A dystopian world where the President of the United States is impeached and refuses to leave office. Around the country wars break out, erupting in conflict spun chaos. Speculative as it may be, whether an impeachment is to happen in the States or not, if there isn’t civil unrest here, it is elsewhere. While the setting is the States, the atmosphere is global, where children are forced to fight, loyalties are non existent ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"And you know what?" she went on. "Any side of this war that uses chidren as weapons doesn't deserve to win."
The men's faces hardened. It was time for her to go.
And there, she thought, goes my CNN Factor.

I did not expect this to have the impact it had. I went into it a bit doubtful, thinking it might just be a fictional jumping onto the whole Trump inspired USA mess. But what it took from that, was a finely made and sympathetically brutal work of art as the author embodies the situation through
Steve Tripp
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, gen-fiction
Here's the inside flap ..."After his impeachment, the president of the United States refuses to leave office, and the country erupts into a fractured and violent war ...". Hmm ... not so far fetched is it america? Put this into the realm of "it could happen". So, while I liked the book, the description doesn't tell the whole story; this is not a book about why there was political unrest and civil war. but rather, it was about the effect on one family and in particular, one young 10 year old girl ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Our War tells the story of a civil war in the United States, a war where brother fights against brother or sister against brother. Families being ripped apart with nowhere left to go but to the front line. Our War tells the story of a brother and sister who are separated at the beginning of our story and end up on different sides fighting in the war.

A ten year girl her father and her mother are separated from her brother Alex when they end up in the middle of a battle. The father is killed whil
Andrew Hogg
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very gripping read, but it's not always easy. There is a realism and a brutalitythat can be shocking. I'd say that it has parts like certain movies that my wife refuses to watch because of their graphic violence. This is not to say it is gratuitous violence, as I'd have no patience for that. Our War is showing the all to real potential for the US to descend into chaos and violence, and that violence is shown bluntly and graphically in the book.

The characters are well developed and rea
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Craig DiLouie is an author of popular thriller, apocalyptic/horror, and sci-fi/fantasy fiction.

In hundreds of reviews, Craig’s novels have been praised for their strong characters, action, and gritty realism. Each book promises an exciting experience with people you’ll care about in a world that feels real.

These works have been nominated for major literary awards such as the Bram Stoker Award and

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