Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5-4)
The overarching story is very plausible. How many times in the last 20 plus years have there been incidents of racism and prejudice against Muslims? How often are Muslims considered to be terrorists or enemies of the US by people solely based on preconceived notions of who they are or what they believe.Layla’s family lives in California in a not so distant future where the president lies, tweets, and encourages violence.
Muslims have curfews and their rights are slowly being stripped away from them in a modern day version of what Germany did to the Jewish people. Layla’s father has lost his tenured position as a professor and books are being burned. Late one evening, the police show up at Layla’s house and give her and her parents 10 minutes to pack their belongings.
The family and other Muslims are relocated to an internment camp. While the plot is plausible in today’s world and quickly captured my attention, I did struggle with some aspects of the story and writing. Layla and some of the characters are a bit flat. The story itself has some plot holes and left me with some questions.