Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Our War by Craig DiLouie

Our War
by Craig DiLouie

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Orbit (August 20, 2019)
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Genre: Scifi Fantasy | Dystopian
Print Length: 400 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
A prescient and gripping novel of a second American civil war, and the children caught in the conflict, forced to fight.

Our children are our soldiers.

After his impeachment, the president of the United States refuses to leave office, and the country erupts into a fractured and violent war. Orphaned by the fighting and looking for a home, 10-year-old Hannah Miller joins a citizen militia in a besieged Indianapolis.

In the Free Women militia, Hannah finds a makeshift family. They'll teach her how to survive. They'll give her hope. And they'll show her how to use a gun.

Hannah's older brother, Alex, is a soldier too. But he's loyal to other side, and has found his place in a militant group of fighters who see themselves as the last bastion of their America. By following their orders, Alex will soon make the ultimate decision behind the trigger.

On the battlefields of America, Hannah and Alex will risk everything for their country, but in the end they'll fight for the only cause that truly matters - each other.
Our War by Craig DiLouie

Our WarImagine 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 and death strip them of their childhoods and they begin to lose a piece of their humanity in battle.

Somehow, the country doesn’t know of the child warriors, but a determined reporter and a UNICEF worker from Canada will risk their own lives to uncover the truth and share it with the world. Will this exposure be too late to save the children? Will it be too late to save what is left of Alex and Hannah?

OUR WAR by Craig DiLouie is a gut-clenching tale of brutality, loyalties and the destruction of the values they are fighting to save. War creates monsters, it creates heroes, but will the cost in the end be too much? Will the children be the ones to pay it? Mr. DiLouie has created an eye-opening tale with some wicked sharp edges.

This tale of failed politics comes home to American soil and it is brutal in its telling, captivating in its presentation and heartbreaking in its telling.

I received a complimentary ARC copy from Orbit Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.

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