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Internment

Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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The audio made this for me!

Wow, this was so intense. I was enraged and despondent and had all the feels while listening to this. It was so real and scary because I think we are kind of on the path to this now. It's a call to do more, pay more attention, and don't stay silent when you see something wrong happening. Layla was scared, who wouldn't be, but knew what was happening was not right and spoke up. I saw some reviews that said she made too many waves and should have kept quiet. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! No way should she have just followed the rules, even if there were harsh consequences. Layla had to speak up for what was right and gave others the courage to do the same. That's the entire point of the book.
The narrator was amazing, she totally embodied the voice of Layla to me and added an extra impact that made me love listening to this. Definitely recommend listening to this one!

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Powerful

Eloquent, Real, A Hard To Read Beautiful Truth,
Be sure to read authors note at the end. Definitely worth using audible to be able to listen to it, narrator did a Great job.

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No words

This book... horrific and beautiful at the same time. Everyone in the country needs to read this book. The voice work is masterful as well.

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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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A future too scary to not prevent

Internment is a book set “15 minutes into America’s future”. The book immediately drew me in and had me crying and spitting with rage at the horrible injustices faced by Layla and her fellow Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the story. S. Ahmed is an artist in the way she wove in parallels to Japanese internment camps, WWII concentration camps, and the fictional camp Mobius. These parallels and the stark descriptions of life inside Mobius were the highlights of the book for me. I wish I could have seen more detail in the lives of the prisoners and more interactions between them and the guards.

Layla had some irresponsible and annoying qualities, which I will go into next, but for the most part she was a wonderful MC. Jake, a guard whom she meets inside Mobius, was a great supporting character, but I wish his history would have been hashed out a little more. I wanted to understand his motives more clearly and felt his character would have been even better had he more layers and complexities.

Unfortunately, there were a couple things that kept this from being a 5 star read for me. Mainly it was the “love story” aspect the book. I put that in quotes because I really didn’t see any chemistry between Layla and her hometown boyfriend, David. I actually found myself shipping Layla and Jake more because they seemed to have way more on page chemistry than L and D ever had. I think David’s character would have been better if he had been just a friend or even taken out altogether. This segues into my next gripe: Layyyllaaaaa, girl. What are you doing. She took so many dangerous and unnecessary risks to see David. I mean, literally risking her own, Jake’s, and her own parent’s lives just to talk to him on the phone and see him? These cringy moments were distracting to the powerful message of the book.

The flow of the book was perfect up until the ending, which felt rushed and unrealistic. I would have like to seen the resolution happen on a more realistic political time-frame (weeks/months instead of days), but overall I was happy with it (except one tiny thing *rocks myself while crying in a corner*, but it’s a spoiler so I won’t say).

These aside, the book is so good. This message needs to be heard and warnings need to be heeded, because in the current state of our divided nation, Mobius truly is possible if we do not stand up and fight for what is right.

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The Audio: Soneela Nankani's performance was flawless. She voiced distinguishable voices for various characters and her cadence throughout the story was on point. I look forward to listening to another performance by her.

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#ReadToResist

Man. Internment by @sam_aye_ahm is a scathing rebuke of so much that has happened in the past few years, months, weeks, days...it’s terrifying to think that silent complicity could lead to the repetition of history. We have to do better.

#ReadInternment
#ReadToResist

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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.