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An instant New York Times bestseller!   "Internment sets itself apart...terrifying, thrilling and urgent." –Entertainment Weekly
  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 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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8 reviews
Axel Russ
January 13, 2020
Read this in a class, and it was definitely good. I haven't personally seen a lot of books focusing on Muslim oppression, so it's refreshing and definitely necessary at this time.
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Jasmyn Novachek
March 20, 2019
Internment is very scary look into a near future reality that seems to be knocking on our door right now. When politicians vilinize the Muslim community, people begin to view them all with suspicion. A registry is formed. They lose their jobs/schools. And they are sent to camps. Samira Ahmed does an amazing job showing just how the American public allowed this to happen. Between a mixture of hatred, being uninformed, and people assuming it could never happen here - they allowed it to happen. We see these events unfold through the eyes of Layal - an American whose country turns on her for committing no crime. Viewing the life of the camp and the small rebellions leading to revolution as she experiences them was so very hard. I think this book comes at a great time in history to show that "not doing anything" isn't any better than "doing the bad thing." Looking the other way or assuming that it can't happen here is a faulty way of thinking/acting, and Samira Ahmed shows us why. I alternated between anger at what people dared to do and sadness that anyone would be treated in this way. Thank goodness it's fiction....for now. I only hope that continues to be the case and we never have to see events like the ones in Internment ever happen. **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
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March 26, 2022
First book that has grasped me in my entire life, I never thought I'd love a book! I totally recommend this!!!
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About the author

Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters, Internment and Hollow Fires. She was born in Bombay, India, and has lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. She currently resides in the Midwest. Find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.

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