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.