It’s civil war. Everybody fights. Nobody wins.
After his impeachment, the president of the United States refuses to leave office, and the country erupts into civil war. Orphaned by the fighting and looking for a home, ten-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.
“This gritty, horrifying tale of hate … sprinkled with moments of love, will leave readers with haunting memories.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Presenting a dark alternate reality that touches the seams of current events and a possible future, DiLouie offers an uncompromising view of … patriotism in conflict.” – Library Journal
“DiLouie brings depth to his dark vision of America.” – Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, listing Our War as one of the best releases of August 2019, here.
“Harrowing dystopia.” – Kirkus Reviews, listing Our War as one of the best speculative fiction reads of August 2019
“Craig DiLouie’s prose is eloquent, deeply compelling, and poses a possibility that alerts us to protect our world against such possibilities as depicted in this imaginative story. It touches many chords of recognition, and that is yet another trait of a brilliant writer. Highly recommended.” – San Francisco Review of Books, complete review here
“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
“Our War is a book that I just can’t recommend enough. It’s about love & hate & hope & despair. It’s like some fucked-up funhouse mirror version of America…but a version that is entirely too plausible at this point. This book is gorgeous, haunting, and it feels like an absolutely vital work of fiction right now.” – GrimDark Dad, complete review here
“Never has a dystopian future been so well written and delivered such a powerful social commentary on our modern society, no matter what end of the political spectrum you find yourself falling on. A fascinating and almost painful read that I highly recommend.” – ScienceFiction.com, complete review here
“Part epic war story, part cautionary tale, Our War is brutal, unflinching, and mesmerizing. DiLouie once again delivers an emotional body-slam of a book, one that’ll leave you shaken to your core.” — Peter Clines, author of Dead Moon
“Our War went well beyond anything I might have foreseen, hitting me with unexpected strength: there is such a heart-wrenching quality to the story being told here, that I too often felt breathless with the chilling impact of it all.” – Space & Sorcery, complete review here
“Once again, DiLouie has managed to distill one of humanity’s greatest conflicts into a masterpiece of literature.” – The Fantasy Inn, complete review here
“An instant classic that will join the ranks of dystopian futures that at times feel all too real.” – New York Times Bestselling Author Nicholas Sansbury Smith
“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… It’s scarily easy to imagine these events evolving from where we stand today… The writing here is raw and shocking and immediate, and makes for a completely gripping read.” – Bookshelf Fantasies, complete review here
“A terrifyingly believable tale that recreates the landscape of a war-torn Somalia in the city streets of America. DiLouie captures the individual tragedy of people fighting a war that destroys the very things they are trying to save.” — David Walton, author of Three Laws Lethal
“This book forces you to dive into the uncomfortability of what was, what is, and what may be. It makes you confront these problems head on by throwing you into a cautionary tale that feels all too real… It’s about survival in the face of tragedy; it’s about hope when it feels like there is no hope left… This story is brutally intense, thought-provoking, deeply profound, and incredibly important.” – Grimdragon, complete review here
“An unflinching look at what happens when politics fail and war truly comes home, powered by the narrative shock of truth-telling.” – Christopher Brown, Campbell and World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Tropic of Kansas
“Our War is a deeply moving merger of dystopian and war fiction, compelling in its realistic depiction of urban warfare.” – Inspired Chaos, complete review here
“One of the most emotionally charged books I’ve read… The tale could be our future in the United States.” – The Reading Desk, complete review here
“Intense, thought-provoking, and a compelling read.” – Forever Lost in Literature, complete review here
“Our War further solidifies that Craig DiLouie is not only one of the best fantasists working today, he’s one of the best writers out there, period. This novel is harrowing and heartfelt, upsetting and, most of all, utterly compelling … far and away my favorite novel of 2019.” – Bracken MacLeod, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of Stranded
“DiLouie does a fantastic job of immediately grabbing the reader’s attention and holding it throughout, tearing at heartstrings and digging into the nitty-gritty of emotional connection with his characters and the messed up world they find themselves in.” – Fan Fi Addict: A Bookish Blog, complete review here
“The best thing about Our War is that it explores how much of our posturing and auto-mythology of toughness can result in nothing more than the pain and suffering of the people we love the most.” – Swamp, complete review here
“Five stars… A provocative thriller which hits very close to home.” – Top Shelf Reviews, complete review here
“Brilliant rendering of a worst case scenario that feels all too real.” – Steven Konkoly, author of The Raid
“The story was just so interesting, so real to what could so easily happen. It kept you hooked from the very beginning.” – LFBooks Blog, complete review here
“A gut-clenching tale of brutality, loyalties, and the destruction of the values they are fighting to save… Mr. DiLouie has created an eye-opening tale with some wicked sharp edges.” – Tome Tender, complete review here
“I fully enjoyed this look into the possibility of another American Civil War.” – Paul’s Picks, complete review here
“…one of my favorite songs, John McCutcheon’s exceptionally moving ‘Christmas in the Trenches.’ Its last line is, ‘on each end of the rifle, we’re the same.’ That truth is also the truth of Our War.” – Learning Strategies, complete review here
“This novel was phenomenal… The character building and world building were amazing… a great read! I would definitely recommend it!” – The Book Dragon, complete review here.
“A roller coaster ride of emotions … Our War reminds readers what we as human beings take for granted every day and that we need to appreciate everything we have because, within a moment, it can all be taken away.” – Rollout Reviews, complete review here
“Our War is one of the best books I’ve read in years! It’s dark, realistic, and very intense.” – The Raven Podcast
“DiLouie’s pacing is perfect, and it was very hard to put this book aside when I was forced to. The tension is palpable, the characters leap off the page, and I was terrified for each and every one of them… Readers who are looking for an emotional and complex story need look no further. This dystopia hits close to home.” – Books, Bones & Buffy, complete review here