Our War

Orbit: Hachette. Aug. 2019. 400p. ISBN 9780316525268. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316525251. SF
The United States is at war—with itself. Impeached two years ago, president Philip Marsh refused to leave office, starting a rise in militia, military, and rebels that throws the country into civil war while the rest of the world looks on, offering thoughts, prayers, and humanitarian aid. Ten-year-old Hannah Miller watched as her mother was gunned down in the street in Indianapolis while searching for water and now finds herself on the doorstep of the Free Women Collective, whose members are battling to survive and bring their world back from chaos. Fifteen-year-old Alex Miller was scooped up by the Liberty Tree militia, fighting against the government that impeached the president and defiled the Constitution. As siblings on opposite sides of the conflict, their ideas of right and wrong become grayer. Alex and Hannah will meet face to face again, weapons drawn, as children are forced to fight.
VERDICT Presenting a dark alternate reality that touches the seams of current events and a possible future, DiLouie (One of Us) offers an uncompromising view of child soldiers and patriotism in conflict. [See Prepub Alert, 2/18/19.]
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