Internment by Samira Ahmed

Internment by Samira AhmedInternment by Samira Ahmed
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 19th March 2019
Publisher: Atom
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-stars

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.

I went into Internment knowing that it was going to break me, and in some ways it definitely did. Samira Ahmed poured so much into this book and it made me feel a lot of feelings. I think the main thing that got to me was that it felt so real. The things that happen in Internment could definitely happen in the USA, especially since they’re already happening in other countries around the world today, namely China. It wouldn’t be too much of a leap for US citizens to be treated this way.

Internment was a hard hitting read that evoked so many emotions, although I feel like it could have been more developed. I really wish Ahmed had delved into things a bit deeper, because I feel like it was too short of a book to really impact people to its full extent. Literally my only criticism is that Interment could have been longer.

Internment was such a powerful read. Layla was an incredible main character to read about. She’s very angry and aggressive, and I think some readers will be put off by that, but honestly I think her anger and aggression are justified. She didn’t want to take anything lying down, and she felt as though those around her weren’t fighting hard enough for their freedom.

I’d highly recommend Internment, even if it could have been longer. It’s a brilliant read and I think it’s a very important one. Even if you don’t like the main character, I think you’d get a lot out of the book.

One comment on “Internment by Samira Ahmed

  1. Maraia 24/05/2019 5:18 pm

    I agree! Some readers won’t be able to get past Layla’s anger, but I thought it was very realistic. I also don’t think a future like this is too hard to imagine, sadly.

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