I want to cringe for how damn real the subject matter of Internment by Samira Ahmed feels. And the fact of the matter is that unless a whole lot of people band together to fight back against the white nationalism that is running rampant in America, a future like this isn’t really all that far off. And I hope with every part of my being that nothing like this ever happens, but I am glad that Ahmed has written it. Sometimes it takes a harsh look at the direction the world is headed in to realize how much it needs to be stopped. Now, Internment is, in my opinion, similar to novels like 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale in that it addresses an issue that is prevalent within society and has the potential to lead to a dystopian world. Internment camps are a painful part of a number of countries’ history. I would hate to see it be a painful part of America’s future.
Internment follows the story of a Muslim American girl who has been forced into an internment camp with her family and her fight alongside friends both inside and outside of the camp to right the injustice being brought to Muslims within the country. The synopsis itself mentions the complicit silence that many in America are a part of today, ignoring the horrors that go on around them and sends the message that it is unacceptable to stand by and pretend that people around you are being treated as second class citizens or barely as citizens at all. Do not be silent, do not pretend things are okay when they aren’t. Stand up, speak out. This is the message of this book. And I am looking forward to the day I get to read it.
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.
How do you feel about this book? What are your opinions on the subject matter? Do you think this is a book that will end up on your TBR? Would you rather not read it? Why? Drop a comment below and let me know your thoughts! Happy reading, everyone!