Author: Samira Ahmed
Series Status: Standalone
# of pages: 371
Release Date: March 19th, 2019
My rating: 3.5 stars
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-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.
* I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review *
First I need to state that just because I gave this 3.5 stars it does not mean I did not enjoy this book. I really was struck by the power of this book and everything it stands for.
My main issue with this book is that it has such a hard-hitting and powerful story idea that I felt that 370 pages on it merely brushed the surface. There were strong powerful moments but it felt like Ahmed wanted to keep it YA almost to a fault by having so many important moments broken up with tons of dialogue focused on the teens. It’s not that I felt the characters dialogue was horrible but more that they felt very YA. My other main problem was that our “villain”, the director of the camp, was so one dimensional and had no characteristics to him other than as a villain. It was hard to even understand his place as a villain since he only popped up very occasionally and I honestly cannot remember if he had a name.
Overall I really enjoyed the idea behind this story and while the main character was an interesting perspective I really wish this book had pushed deeper into the story and made use of more character development to really flesh out all the characters.