by Samira Ahmed


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316522694
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 6,138
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters. She was born in Bombay, India, and currently resides in Chicago.

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Internment 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
It was an “okay” read. Not a complete page turner. I’ve read stronger more enticing books and I felt that this could have been better. Many of these. Oils are best sellers through sales not for the contents of the books.
Stacy_Renee 6 months ago
Set in a horrifying near-future U.S., seventeen-year-old Layla Amin (a Muslim American) and her parents are forcibly detained and bused to an internment camp after the president declared a Muslim ban across the United States. There, she makes new friends, unlikely allies, and uses her right as an American to stand up against the fascist regime that imprisoned her. "Rebellion," after all, "is as American as apple pie." Layla, her family, and everyone else thrust into the camp are shaken to the core. The political climate in this dystopia closely mirrors our current reality in the US, making this pretty realistic and more of a cautionary tale than anything. There's a quote on the book that says it's a "scathing indictment of the current political climate," and it does not sugar coat or shy away from pointing out what has happened in the past to Japanese-Americans, what is happening, and what could happen. Because of the inflammatory nature of this book, I wouldn't recommend it to those whose 'feathers are ruffled too easily'. If you do happen to read this, be sure to read the author's note as well! I think the book is 4 star quality for YA but I added a star for the author's note alone.
Anonymous 7 months ago
17 year old Layla Amin has been watching her world slowly dissolve for a while. As a Muslim-American, her freedoms are being removed systematically by new government leaders who believe that she and other Muslims are dangerous. When her family is removed from their home and taken to an internment camp, just miles away from the one to which Japanese Americans were assigned during World War II, the experience is surreal. She cannot believe that her situation is permanent or real. But when people are hurt before her very eyes and begin disappearing from the camp under cover of darkness, the harsh reality of her new life sets in. She knows she must do something to stand up for her family and her new friends at the internment camp, but what can a teenager trapped in a restrictive facility do to defend her rights? This is dystopian fiction at its most terrifying, just on the edge of today's trending topics. Ahmed's imagining of another group of Americans being placed in internment camps does a convincing (and scary) job of speculating at the steady progression of events that could lead to such a drastic action. Layla is a fascinating blend of typical teenager, who resents the loss of creature comforts and privileges previously taken for granted, and powerful activist, who cannot fathom the complicit acceptance exhibited by many and willingly puts herself in danger for the greater good. This book is a terrific conversation piece, intersecting perfectly with current events, as well as the study of history, psychology, sociology or civics. Read this book to root for Layla and to consider the cost of complacency in the face of fear and hatred.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Excellent book! Normally not into the YA genre but the plot sounded so relevant and interesting I gave it a chance and I'm so glad I did! considered doing 4 stars just because the ending is SOO sad once you get attached to the characters and concoct expectations but it really truly is a wonderful book!!!
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Internment is very scary look into a near future reality that seems to be knocking on our door right now. When politicians vilinize the Muslim community, people begin to view them all with suspicion. A registry is formed. They lose their jobs/schools. And they are sent to camps. Samira Ahmed does an amazing job showing just how the American public allowed this to happen. Between a mixture of hatred, being uninformed, and people assuming it could never happen here - they allowed it to happen. We see these events unfold through the eyes of Layal - an American whose country turns on her for committing no crime. Viewing the life of the camp and the small rebellions leading to revolution as she experiences them was so very hard. I think this book comes at a great time in history to show that "not doing anything" isn't any better than "doing the bad thing." Looking the other way or assuming that it can't happen here is a faulty way of thinking/acting, and Samira Ahmed shows us why. I alternated between anger at what people dared to do and sadness that anyone would be treated in this way. Thank goodness it's fiction....for now. I only hope that continues to be the case and we never have to see events like the ones in Internment ever happen. **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
onemused More than 1 year ago
This book absolutely wrecked me. "Internment" is a YA contextual dystopian that takes place in the near future. Extrapolating from current events, the book combines the current state of affairs with history in an ultimately prescient and powerful combination. Layla is an American who happens to be Muslim. Her father is a literature professor and her mother is a chiropractor. Their lives began changing with the recent events we all know, which have now escalated in the book beyond the Muslim immigration ban into broader regulations on Muslims in the US. "Lately I've been thinking hope is kind of a flimsy feeling to hold on to." Layla's parents have lost their jobs because no one wants to employ Muslims, and her father's poetry books are frequently being burned in the book burnings. Life already feels pretty terrible when Layla must sneak out to see her boyfriend, David who is Jewish, around her suspension from school (for PDA that everyone else- read non-Muslim- does) and the curfews imposed on Muslims. However, life is about to get even worse when Layla and her family are grabbed late in the evening and given 10 minutes to pack a single bag of necessities before being sent to an internment camp. The story of their journey to the 'camp' is very similar to that of the Japanese Americans during World War II. "If you don't stand up for something, you'll fall for anything." The horrors of the camp and the new reality for Americans is undeniable and does not feel as unreal as it should, considering the events in the news and our past. Told through the poignant voice of Layla, we experience these terrible possibilities. The importance of developing and using your voice against such atrocities is a clear theme and stand-out message of the book. The potential reality of what could happen with complacency is all too clear. "You need only glance at the vastness of the sky and the multitude of the stars to know the infinite depth of our love." Layla's parents are sympathetic characters. They will not deny their religion, but they cannot believe what is happening to them. While they will not comply or collaborate as some others do, they are reluctant to start a rebellion for fear of what would happen to their daughter. They hope for better things, not only for themselves, but for their children, as many parents do. They represent the way many people feel with responsibilities hindering their willingness to act out against injustice. Add this to the many people from the community who are shown, such as David (who is not sure at first how to help), his parents (who are not acting but more powerful), the internment guards (who do not all agree but continue to do their jobs), the community members who turned their back on Layla and family, and the protesters (who are described), and you have a multitude of perspectives and opinions that are shown. However, the importance of developing and giving your voice to speak out against hatred and injustice is very clear. "It's not a single heartbeat that calls the storm. It's the power of our voices joined together, demanding justice. It's the thunder of our collective feet marching for our freedom." I think I could write all day about all the amazing characters developed here and the poignant message spread through the pages. I cannot tell you how many times I found tears in my eyes while reading Layla's story- this book really touched me in ways I did not expect. I cannot tell you enough how much I rec