Internment by Samira Ahmed

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from TheNovl. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: March 19, 2019

Genre: Contemporary

Recommended Age: 12+ (some language and some very strong violent situations. The hint of sexual content and the knowledge that this could actually happen)

Publisher: Little, Brown

Pages: 381

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Synopsis: Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

Review: Holy crap. If you are a fan of The Hate U Give then you will DEFINITELY love this book! It’s the new must read of 2019. The book does well at constructing a world in which Muslim American citizens are put in internment camps (which unfortunately isn’t that far off from the reality we live in due to some of the politicians we have). If you’re new to the term internment, it’s basically a camp that America set up in the 1940s during WW2 to keep Japanese American citizens away from the other populace. Our grandfathers imprisoned innocent men, women, and children in these camps because they feared who they were based on their skin and birth. The book combines this and other past events that evil members of society have done to create a realistic/scary future that could make Muslim American citizens the next ones to live behind bars just for their belief and skin and birth (past events being the internment of Japanese American citizens, the imprisonment and dehumanization of Jewish, Native Americans, etc.). I thought the book also did well in terms of writing and character development. The side characters are just as intriguing and heart breaking as the main character is and the pacing is well done throughout the novel. I also felt that the book had a really good message of being mindful about politics and who you vote for and that if you feel that something is wrong, then resist it. America wasn’t founded by law abiding citizens, so don’t let what the law tells you is “right” determine what you think is right.

My only complaint is that the novel kind of ended abruptly and I wanted to know more about what happened to those that were moved to a harsher camp than the one present in the novel. I wanted to see more of Layla after internment ended and I wanted to know everything is okay. But I know in my heart that even at the end of the novel, nothing will ever be the same again.

Verdict: An amazing book that’s worthy to stand next to The Hate U Give.