Book Review: Internment

Set just “fifteen minutes in the future,” this portrait of what life would be like in America if something in the story called the Exclusion Act passed into law. American-Muslims go into “camps,” where they live for the foreseeable future. Layla is justifiably furious when she and her family get rounded up and bussed away to a camp. As an adult reader, I felt worried about her safety as she seemed very ready to get herself hurt as she snuck around, seeking contact with her boyfriend. At the same time, it seemed very realistic as her first reaction to such an unthinkable reality.
For a nation who has said “Never Again,” more than once this story more than anything illustrated to me just how hard actual peaceful resistance is in practice. In conversation, every one of us thinks that someone would “do something,” but, as this story illustrates- it wouldn’t be easy at all to accomplish anything.
There is so much discussion fodder in this one; I’d add it to a high school government class in a heartbeat.

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