Book Review: Internment

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Published: March 19th, 2019 by Atom

Links: Amazon // Goodreads

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: 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.


**Thank you to TheNovl team for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review!**

“We are Americans. We make America great. This is our country. And we’re taking it back.”

In what should be considered the next The Hate U Give for Muslim Americans, Internment is such a powerful book that resonated so much with the current political climate that we are living in today. This should be on bookshelves everywhere for people of all walks of life to read and be able to feel impacted and understand what it’s like for Muslim Americans in particular living in the United States at this time.

The story follows Layla, an ordinary girl living a normal life until she and her family were captured solely for being Muslim. In a country where people from all backgrounds are fighting to fulfill their American Dreams and diversity should be celebrated, instead are being punished for exactly that. Soon Layla discovers that they are being taken to the first model internment camp for Muslims in the US. Instead of falling under their control and succumbing to their radical demands, Layla inspires others to fight back for what are basic human rights and to not be alienated just for how they look and what they believe in.

“The future is never certain, but for the first time since we were taken, I know we won’t go down without a fight. I know our voices won’t be silenced.”

Internment gave an inside look on the scary reality for many Muslims around the world that are currently being held in internment camps as well as the frightening possibility of that happening in our country with the impending Muslim ban. It also did a great job in referencing instances of internment camps in the past and giving a more in depth perspective on the poor quality of life those internees had and the terror they had to face on a daily basis. At its core, this book shows that it is never right nor is it ever okay to deprive someone of their basic human rights just because they are “different” when compared to someone else. In the face of these unsettling possibilities and circumstances, Internment shares a valuable lesson that everyone should take away from reading this book: celebrate your differences, embrace one another, and remember that love will always triumph over hate.

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