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Internment

Written by: Samira Ahmed
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
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Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, 17-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 listeners to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

"A riveting and cautionary tale. Internment urges us to speak up and speak out, to ask questions and demand answers, and when those answers prove unsatisfactory, to resist." (Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon)

©2019 Samira Ahmed (P)2019 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"A testament to what girls are capable of when they are overlooked, Internment is a masterwork of dignity and grit." (E.K. Johnston, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Exit, Pursued by a Bear)

"A powerful and poignant exploration of a nightmare made real. It's a testament to Ahmed's writing then, that the heart of the story is one of hope. Read Internment. Raise a fist." (David Arnold, New York Times best-selling author of Moquitoland and Kids of Appetite

"Internment is a scathing indictment of our current political times. Ahmed has gifted us Layla, a courageous young revolutionary who fights against all boundaries of hate and ignorance. A must read for activists who continue to push back against the big What-Ifs." (National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street and Pride

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everyone should read Internment

A warning to America, and yet, they have already crossed the line. Open your eyes.

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  • Andrew Gilman
  • 2019-08-15

When fiction feels like reality

Layla Amin is a Muslim Indian American girl that ends up in an internment camp for Muslim Americans with her family. It is the near future. Nazis have taken over the United States and there is now a Muslim ban. She quickly realizes that her non Muslim liberal friends are just as complicit when they start rounding up people for the camps. How does it all start? With a damn census questionnaire. This book is about fighting for freedom and how she starts a revolution with her new friends at the camp, her boyfriend that’s outside the camp, and an unlikely ally.

The narrator was perfect for this book and did a wonderful job switching characters

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  • Mary Ellen Rainwater
  • 2019-11-20

Fifteen Minutes Into the Future

I am so glad I did not listen to the negative reviews that some people gave this book. I do, however, agree with them (to a point) that there is a strong anti-Trump strain that runs through this book. But, I believe that plays directly to people’s fears - and that is what this FICTION book is all about — an extrapolation of people’s fears. Make no mistake — it CAN happen here. I do, however, disagree with the author that fascism only comes draped in a flag — it also comes disguised as anti-fascism. It is up to all of us to stay aware — and recognize the enemy when we see them. This is a great work of fiction that should receive every award possible!! It is a warning to everyone in the United States to be vigilant — be on guard — There are unscrupulous people who would undermine the freedom of someone else if there was a bit of money or power to be made off of it. Kudos!!

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  • Blair
  • 2019-11-08

Heart wrenching

This book is such a window into what is possible if we do not take a stand, as well as what people in the past experienced. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. I really believe that this book has the power to change the hearts and minds of Americans far and wide.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-27

Absolutely amazing

This book was beautiful. I don't know how to out my feelings into words for this book, but I want everyone to read it.

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  • S. Chavez
  • San Diego, CA
  • 2019-08-07

A glimpse into the future

This book gives a hard-hitting look at what the United States has in store if we keep pushing the current agenda. The fact that we currently have someone leading our country who has been proven to be a racist, bigot and xenophobia. If we do not come together and protect those that can not protect themselves we will see this book come to past. We as a country have done this.. learn from our past embrace our mistakes and move forward to become a stronger .

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  • A. Iverson
  • Spokane, Washington, USA
  • 2019-07-24

Heart wrenching Story

I couldn't put this book down. I cried many times but was very good. It is worth reading! This book also relates to what's going on now in the world.

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  • MissSusie66
  • 2019-04-03

This is a Must Read

The most frightening thing about this book is knowing how easily it could come true, especially right now.

I want to do justice to this book but I feel like my words are not enough, this dystopian book could happen in one tweet. I would hope I have Layla’s courage to stand up to the injustices or even the strength of Jake & Fred, heroes all.

These are American Muslims, US Citizens put into camps, marked with a number how can this happen here? Again how can we let it happen again?? Are there truths in this book, oh yeah, hard ones , ones we white people really need to look at. What side will you stand on? Would you fight before it happens or put your head in the sand while they carry off your neighbors? This book will make you think, I hope it will make you realize we don’t want this as our future. These characters and this story will stay with me a long time.

Remember this could be any immigrant. Look at what is happening on our southern border…

This is a must read book, it needs to be in every library collection.

Soneela Nankani's narration was fabulous!

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  • Teresa Barros
  • 2019-07-08

Hit Home

As a Muslim American who is a second generation of Scandinavian & British parents, it hit home. To look at me, you would say, oh she’s just a white privileged American woman. But, I am not. I am a Muslim woman. I am an American. I wear a headscarf because I choose to wear it. It is MY reminder to be a kind person, to help people in need, to not cuss out the jerks in this world, to bring me closer to God. It’s just like folks who choose to wear a cross on a chain around their neck. Can you imagine being called out for that? I wish this book would be mandatory reading for all Americans.

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  • NMwritergal
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • 2019-03-24

Definitely YA

And now that I am writing the review, I see it’s for 11 to 13 years olds. I’d say that’s accurate though the main character is almost 18. I think tweens and teens will probably like this. Adults, maybe not so much. I read YA but this.. It’s pretty much the author saying “Let me educate you about racism against Muslims.”—black, brown, white, immigrants (but US citizens), gay, straight, teens, adults, hijab-wearing girls, more secular, etc. And then she hits you over the head with a sledgehammer. Nothing subtle about the message. It’s “Here’s your very detailed education and I’m going to put a little story around it, give you a strong female, teenage heroine who is nonetheless a teenager so an adult reading this will find her somewhat annoying but teens will relate…” and so on. I agree with the message, as in, yeah…the US did this before with the Japanese during WW2. Unconscionable then and would be the same if our psycho president (he’s not named but we know who the author is talking about) did it to Muslims now.

So as an educational vehicle, 5 stars. Storywise for adults: 1.5 rounded up to 2. For tweens and teens, I’m guessing 3 or 4.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-12

Good read.

This book forces you to think of the impact our actions can have. Very relevant.