The B&N YA Podcast: Samira Ahmed

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Samira Ahmed’s debut, Love, Hate & Other Filters, explored Islamophobia through the contemporary story of Indian American teen Maya Aziz, whose life changes after a terrorist attack whose perpetrator shares her last name. Her new book, Internment, takes place fifteen minutes into a dark near-future, where Muslim Americans are being incarcerated in internment camps following a political spiral into bigotry and intolerance. We talked to Ahmed about the new book, her path to YA author, and maintaining your belief in the power of resistance.

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.

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