Title: Our War
Author: Craig DiLouie
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Thriller
From the publisher—
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 the 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.
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 discomfort, not that such a choice is a bad thing because we all know children are used as fighting pawns in other societies and they have shown violent proclivities here. I just don’t find it as plausible that children would be swept up as soldiers here in a country that is “growing” kids who have a clear view that following adults may not be the best idea in the world. On the other hand, I’m well aware that children have fought in wars throughout human history so I’m conflicted.
The author does plot and action very well, character development a bit less so but that’s mainly because having five points of view necessarily means that there’s not enough time to get to know them in depth. Still, what I do know, I like. Hannah is especially appealing and watching her morph into a very capable girl, leaving aside her abilities with assault weapons, was a real strength of the story.
Given the events of the past few weeks and the true threats to our country’s future, this tale hit much too close to home, hence my difficulty with it. That’s my problem, not Mr. DiLouie’s; he happens to be a fine writer with a story that will resonate with many 😉
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2019.
“This may be one of the most important books you’ll read this year.
I say that without an ounce of hyperbole… A heart-breaking, terrifying
novel which—I desperately hope—will only be a warning, and not
someday viewed as prophetic… Highly recommended.”
– Cemetery Dance, complete review here
About the Author
Craig DiLouie is an acclaimed American-Canadian author. Formerly a magazine editor and advertising executive, he also works as a journalist and educator covering the North American lighting industry. Craig is a member of the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, International Thriller Writers and Horror Writers Association. He currently lives in Calgary, Canada with his two wonderful children.
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.
At https://craigdilouie.com/, you can find all of Craig’s major works, interviews, and hundreds of interesting blog posts. Be sure to sign up for Craig’s mailing list so you can stay tuned on new releases.
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