Internment by Samira Ahmed / Review

*ARC provided by LBYR/The Novl*

Internment Review

"From many, we are one." (pg. 352)


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.


What a great ARC to read to kickoff the new year! Thank you to The Novl for sending this amazing book to read. Internment is not only timely and fitting to today's political climate but necessary. It is still literature that make people realize the horror that occurs around us, even if it's labeled as YA. Layla Amin could be any one of us. With these actual internment camps that have ripped away families apart, Layla is a beacon of hope. A hope that reminds us that anyone can resist.

From the setting of California (my home), this hit me deeper that this can happen anywhere, and it did with Japanese American internment camps during WW2. Ahmed vividly describes what many have felt going into these camps, feeling like the enemy all while being born in the same country. Of course, Layla had help and we see how sometimes even your own people go against you. In addition to enemies, you have unlikely allies as we see in the character of Jake, an officer in the internment camp.

Although, we read the tiny makeshift trailer homes that the internees must live on, we also get lgiht hearted moments. From keeping traditional family customs to sharing Star Wars quotes, Internment is about not only resisting but having faith in oneself and others. I cannot recommend this book enough to not only young readers but to everyone as a reminder to resist.

Internment releases March 2019.

"My people are Americans. All of them."(pg. 92)