Internment 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-rac...

Details Internment

Release DateMar 19th, 2019
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews Internment

  • Hannah Greendale
    A powerful premise that crumbles under weak execution. According to Ahmed, Internment takes place '"fifteen minutes" into America's future.'* It's a terrifying "What if?" that sees seventeen-year-old Muslim American Layla, and her family, gathered against their will and shipped to an interment camp for Muslims who have been labeled prisoners of war. Blunt is the word best-used to describe this book. Delivery of ideals and themes is heavy-handed. ...
  • Lala BooksandLala
    Important topic. Horrifying circumstances. Necessary perspective. Just could have been better as an overall narrative. Fuller review within this video:
  • Jenna
    (Scene of barrack homes at Manzanar, a War Relocation Authority Center for citizens of Japanese ancestry during WWII, by Dorothea Lange)Internment is a timely work of fiction, imagining what could easily happen in an America where people are controlled by fear and prejudice. In an America where Donald Trump is elected president. In an America where people gullibly follow the populist, who rants and raves about building walls and "making America g...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    Original review posted on my blog : Word Wonders TW: Islamophobia, slurs, displacement, internment camp, violence, torture, electrocution, gunshots, death.If you know me, you know that this one of my most anticipated releases and I’m still in a little in denial about the fact that I read it back at the end of 2018, and it’s all done. I admittedly didn’t love it as much as I hoped but I still have a lot of love for it. I will go in detail ab...
  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    There is a lot to love about this book, especially since it focuses on some grim realities for Muslims in our world today, along with the possibility of a pretty grim future for us too. I'm mostly rating this 3 stars because I feel like this book didn't push enough, when it should have. For me, it was strongest when the book really dug into the history of interning marginalised people under propaganda and oppressive leadership. Like the parallels...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Wow. This was extremely powerful.
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    When the president's new Exclusion Act sends American-Muslims into "camps," Layla decides that enough is enough. She's going to fight back. No matter what the cost.Four years ago, this book's premise would be ridiculous. Over the top. No way in hell would America ever lock its own citizens into concentration camps "for their protection and for the protection of the country." Never again.Fast forward to today.Not only is this an entirely plausible...
  • mk 🦖
    I thought this book had a good message at an important time but would have been much better in a different writer’s hands, or perhaps if it had taken a more mature tone. I thought the writing was sometimes inspired and sometimes amateur-ish. I almost wish the book had spent more time with the how it all happened, too. The villain was so cartoonish, I wish the author had gone much more subtle with that. The teenage dialogue was stilted and immat...
  • Rachel Polacek
    I was hooked on Internment from the very beginning, and I couldn’t stop reading. However, this book was hard to read because it felt so realistic — set “fifteen minutes in the future,” it’s scary to think what people in power can do out of fear.
  • Rushda
    2.5 - thought it had moments of real, powerful strength, certain events towards the end of the book brought down the rating.weirdly enough, the trump-era setting of this book is one of its weaknesses. although trump has been blatantly islamophobic, his presidency is in no way the first to incite anti-muslim violence and discriminatory (im)migration policies. in fact, the events of this book seems even more plausible in the bush era when being isl...
  • Pernille Ripp
    I was lucky enough to receive an advance review copy of this book, and what can I say, this is a must read. Even if the book is incredibly hard to read at times it is meant to start conversations about the state of our country and what we can do to be the America we need to be.
  • Kindling Micky
    2.5-3 starsThis piece of dystopia-around-the-corner was thrilling for the first 10-15%. The context for INTERNMENT feels real, chilling and told through the eyes of Layla, the protagonist, I bought into this immediately. The idea of a Muslim ban that has come to full fruition with a camp in the desert, away from general American eyes, seemed totally feasible. This story needed to be told.Layla was 17, she had a Yemeni-Jewish boyfriend, progressiv...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    I'm going to be honest - I enjoyed parts oft his, but a whole lot of the story fell on the *extreme* side of the spectrum. Parts of the story made me roll my eyes whole others did make me cringe. I heavily skimmed the last 100+ pages because they were full of empty flashback dialog that really had nothing to do with the story. The story has power and I wish I could have given this more than 3 stars.FrtcHuge thanks to the publisher for sending an ...
  • Lou
    Internment is a timely and politically urgent young adult novel which explores life as Muslim-American in the not too distant future. It's an all too real tale of division and hurt between communities but also hope. Islamophobia and racism are at the heart of it all, and I think the reason it's been causing such a stir is because people realise that it isn't too far from becoming our reality. This is a stark warning, a call to action, and an orde...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Great message, glad to see the issues being openly explored.When I read the blurb for this book, I was very keen to read it. The state of the world's politics at the moment is deeply concerning, not least the ugly undercurrent of racism in certain places; so I was eager to read a book that confronted those issues head-on.So, what's it about? Set 'fifteen minutes in th...
  • Librariann
    Okay, listen. I wanted to like this book, and I did plow through it, but the initial conceit required SO MUCH suspension of disbelief as portrayed in this book that I just could not. Do I think it's possible that America could detain Muslims based only on their religion? Absolutely. However, would they do it in THIS particular fashion? COULD NOT BUY. - Single camp established as a "model," includes ENTIRE FAMILIES of people, from toddlers through...
  • Rachel Strolle
    This book honestly made me feel like I was going to throw up and the fact that the scenario within it's pages is not impossible is absolutely terrifying.
  • Manon
    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Set "15 minutes into the future," Internment focuses on Layla's story. Layla is seventeen, she has a boyfriend and used to look forward to prom and college. But not anymore. It started with her being pulled out of school, then a curfew, her boyfriend's parents forbidding him seing her, and then, white people show up at her door late at night and take her and her parents away, te...
  • Jessica Jeffers
    Oh, man. I was really excited for this book and I really wanted to love it. But I thought it was just okay. Full review to come.
  • Martina
    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was certainly not an easy one to read. But I have to admit that I liked it a lot.It tells a story that it feels too much realistic, and that makes me shiver. It sets in a "fifteen minutes in the future" United States, where Muslim-Americans are being forced into an internment camp.In the past, many internment camps have existed, too many, a...
  • Maria
    Thanks to Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was really excited about this book, I thought the premise sounded super interesting and appropriate for the current political climate. I read Samira Ahmed's debut novel, Love, Hate, & Other Filters, last year and didn't really like it, but I was super optimistic about this book and even included it on my most anticipated...
  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    Some say it makes people sound ignorant when they admit not knowing much about how things are going in other countries and continents. I'd say it's fairly normal in a way, since every part of the world, every community has its own struggles. We can only try and educate ourselves more on the things we don't know all that much about. This, and my experience with THUG is what I kept in mind when I started reading Internment.I knew it was going to h...
  • Bang Bang Books
    A two star is harsh-I know but it had to be done.Last year I said I was no longer going to say that a writer is bad; I was going to start saying that their writing was not for me. In this case, I'll have to go back on my word and say that I don't think Ahmed is a good writer.I thought the idea was good but the execution...YIKES!!!Problem #1-The World. It's set in a not so distant alternate universe but Ahmed doesn't explain it; she just assumes t...
  • zaheerah
    Set in a horrifying future, where the United States has forced all Muslim American citizens into an internment camp, seventeen-year-old Layla must find help inside and out to lead a revolution against the camp’s cruel director.I engulfed this book. Really. I started reading at 11 pm and didn’t put my phone down until I checked the time when I was done, and it was 2 am. Internment is timely to our ongoing xenophobic climate where a Muslim ban ...
  • Jessica | Booked J
    As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via Edelweiss by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Review also found here at Booked J. Last year, I so desperately wanted to read Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, but I just never got around to reading it. At first, I was bummed by this. Today, I'm glad, because that gave me the chance to experience Samira Ahmed's writing for ...
  • Angel
    This is one of the hardest books I’ve ever had to read, but with every page, it became more and more obvious that this is a book that kids should be given in schools, the way I was given NIGHT by Elie Wiesel and THE GIVER by Lois Lowry.I’ve also seen reviews of the book calling it “heavy-handed” and too obvious in its themes. I do want to caution adult readers like myself to remember that this is a book for kids and teens, some of whom ma...