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"A terrifying, futuristic United Sates where Muslim-Americans are forced into internment camps, and seventeen-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316522694
Branch Call Number: AHM
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 22 cm


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Until recently, Indian American Layla Amin’s life was completely ordinary and enjoyable. She went to school, snuck in alone time with her boyfriend, and generally conducted herself as any normal American teenager would. Then there was a census identifying Muslims like her family, then a curfew, t... Read More »

A dystopian near-future.

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VaughanPLKim Sep 19, 2019

In a not-too-distant future America, Muslims American citizens are sent to internment camps because the government has deemed them a threat to national security. Seventeen-year-old Layla knows this is unjust, and is determined to fight for her freedom. She forms a resistance movement within the camp, and while her actions put her and her family in danger, she bravely refuses to back down. This book is highly compelling and chilling given recent events in the news. A must-read for both teens and adults.

Sep 04, 2019

I was extremely on the fence on how I should rate this book. Basically this book is about Layla, a Muslim American girl who is forced into a concentration camp by the 'Make America Great Again' President. They don't outright name the President... but with that slogan we can make some assumptions on which President Samira Ahmed had in mind while writing this novel. This book was extremely eerie, because it is written in a way that suggests, 'this could happen tomorrow.' I feel like Samira Ahmed did a vast amount of research while writing this novel. She makes a lot of references to strong rebellious women like Kip Wilson and Malala Yousafzai. Women who were scared but stood up for what they believed in anyway. It was these types of women that really encouraged the character Layla to 'resist' and fight for her and her fellow Muslim American's freedom inside the internment camp. Now the reason I was on the fence about this book, is because it was very slow in my opinion. It took a big chunk of this novel to make some allies and plan some peaceful demonstrations inside the internment camp before things really started to pick up towards the end of the book. The last chunk of the book, is what really won be over though. Things really picked up and as a reader I began to fully grasp just how much danger Layla was truly in. There was one scene in particular in which Layla is being interrogated, that was just so well written! I want to say that the last chunk of the book was just really emotional and made me tear up a couple of times because I was just so scared for Layla's character. The last chunk of the book was just really intense and an emotional rollercoaster. I really ended up loving this novel in the end. It was just so heartfelt and about a really unique topic. I felt like this book was really relevant in today's modern society and one everyone should be able to relate to.

Aug 15, 2019

could not put this book down. A gripping story that I %100 recommend.

Aug 12, 2019

This book was a gripping, powerful story of fighting and resistance all the way through. The characters were nicely written and relatable, and the author's storytelling set a great backdrop for this cautionary tale. In my opinion, the author achieved a perfect balance between realism and fiction, and through that has made a great story. I recommend it to everyone.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

This is one of those books that readers seem to either love or hate, but I actually fall somewhere in the middle. It is a speculative novel that heavily draws on current events (more than a few jabs directed at the current administration) and links it with the Japanese-American Internment camps of the 1940s. In this imagining, Muslim-Americans are targeted as enemies of state and relocated to internment camps on American soil.

I thought the concept for this book was interesting, and I could appreciate the historical tie-ins, but I think it fell short of being great. My biggest issue with this book was the villain. “The Director” is portrayed as a cruel man who easily loses his cool and throws violent tantrums. He was incredibly one-dimensional, and was really a caricature of the “racist middle-age white man” that has become so vilified by our culture. Of course, all the prison guards were also white men, because apparently there is no diversity in the National Guard.

The cover art for this book is gorgeous, and that really drew me to the book more than anything. I think it appropriately captures the essence of the story and I imagine it has drawn in a lot of other readers as well. I think that this book will really appeal to teens and it would be a great discussion book for teachers to assign when studying World War II and the Japanese-American internment camps because it offers a fresh setting that they may better relate to.

Jul 23, 2019

The author could have written about actual Muslim internment camps in China, run by the Chinese Communist Party, instead she chose to fictionalize one in America - - perhaps afraid her stories would not sell in China?

Jul 22, 2019

Strong premise; the book suffers from high expectations that aren't quite fulfilled by a book that is merely fine. Layla is a fun, punchy teenage voice; the conflict could have been broadened and developed more. Weirdly, I thought this book was a little too pro-military for me? NOT a critique I expected to have of it, but I did find the military characters to be unbelievable in their willingness to cooperate with a teenage rebel and oppose their chain of command. Like. I expect dystopian fiction to be a little more pessimistic about human nature. Nevertheless, I would hand this book to a teenager and expect them to enjoy reading it.

RandomLibrarian May 15, 2019

Well, this was all sorts of shades of relevant. I read this book in one sitting because the story was so compelling and the plot - only "15 minutes into our future" - sometimes feels all too possible.

Tigard_HollyCP May 12, 2019

Chilling cautionary tale that predicts a very near future of internment camps for Muslims based on the current political climate. Layla tells her story of being ripped from school, her boyfriend and her home to be imprisoned in an internment camp for Muslims. The president in the story is never named, but it is very clear who the president is based on phrases like "Make America Great Again." Despite a couple of weaknesses I observed, overall I thoroughly appreciated this book and did not want to put it down. I found some of the characters a little too hyperbolic, but that may have been what the author intended in a time when the current president himself seems hyperbolic. I also felt like the ending was just a little too clean.

OPL_KrisC May 07, 2019

A scary and emotional look at what happens when a Muslim ban is put in effect and Muslims are sent to internment camps.

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