By Samira Ahmed
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.
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"They’re all terrified of a word they don’t understand, scared that religious law is going to infiltrate the land, but meanwhile they support the death penalty, are anti-choice, and think creationism should be taught in schools because of… wait for it… religion.”
Ahmed wrote Internment before the results of the 2016 election, and the way she was able to predict the trajectory of rising white nationalism encouraged by the Trump administration can only be described as chilling. Internment shows us a world in which brutal internment camps for Muslim Americans are both horrifying and entirely plausible. Through her courageous teenage protagonist, Layla, Ahmed honors youth resistance building and delivers a call to action which is unable to be ignored.
Read for: A good history of concentration camps on American soil contextualized in our current political moment, own voices storytelling, diverse portrayals of Muslims
Content warnings: Islamophobia, State and interpersonal violence, brief mentions of sexual violence, somewhat graphic (non-sexual) violence + blood, violence against children, gun violence, death of a main character