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Internment
Internment | Samira Ahmed
Rebellions are built on hope. Set in a horrifying near-future-United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin is forced into an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens with her parents. 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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Layla and her parents have been living in fear as American Muslims when suddenly the police barge in and take them to a Muslim internment camp. Layla is determined to resist and we follow her efforts in this awful place. Though his name is never mentioned, this is a clear and direct rebuke of Trump and a reminder of where hatred and fascism can take us, and quickly. I thought it was well done.

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lauren.lerner
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No moment in American history exists in a vacuum. Nationalism and fascism are not new; indeed, they are part of American soil. This fact gave births to this novel. The events in INTERNMENT—though they take place “fifteen minutes” into America‘s future—are deeply rooted in our history. You are bearing witness to them now, in our present.

(From the Author‘s Note)

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lauren.lerner
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This is an incredibly important book. It‘s not perfect but I hope you‘ll all read it. We are too close to all of this in the United States, especially now, months after this book was published, when we know there are literally internment (read: concentration) camps full of asylum seekers at our southern border.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff I‘ve had this on on TBR stack for a while now. I think I‘ll bump it up nearer to the top. 5d
lauren.lerner @chaoticgoodhufflepuff I‘d had it on my #TBR for a while and am so very pleased I pushed it up on the list. Can‘t wait to hear what you think of this book! (edited) 5d
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Carleneishere
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I‘ve had an upset stomach for two days. This book is not helping at all. It‘s horrifying.

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UnidragonFrag
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Mehso-so

As a parent, reading about how stupid Layla was at the beginning of this was just frustrating and not enjoyable to read. She does have a good arc though and it wrapped up nice, if a little too clean cut. It is heavy handed, but I can see this being a good read for teens as it is pretty relevant to current times. I just think I'm getting too old for some of the antics in YA books lol

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Sarahandhella
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I was pleasantly surprised to find this book at Goodwill today. Also picked up a couple sheets of adulting stickers at Dollar Tree.

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ephemeralwaltz
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Mehso-so

An original and provocative YA idea that failed in terms of execution, in my opinion. With not-so-subtle references to the current US government, in a not-so-distant future, all Muslim American familes are gathered together to be put in internment camps, not knowing when or if they'll be able to go back to their everyday lives as US citizens. Layla will have to work with new and unexpected friends to find a way to resist and free her family.

ephemeralwaltz Story was a bit slow and meh, just not my favorite. But worth checking out, nonetheless! 2mo
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In a not-so-distant future, Muslim Americans are rounded up into internment camps when the President convinces America they are an enemy combatant and threat a threat to the nation. Eerily disturbing and powerful, this book explores the possible outcomes of unfettered nationalism and the politics of fear. The author reminds us that this is our nation...all of ours, and that massive resistance and revolution often start with a single voice. #YAL

BellaBookNook Thanks for the reminder for me to pick this up off my bookshelf. I pre-ordered it when it was released and put it on my bookcase never to be seen again!☺️ 2mo
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mhillis
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Second book finished for summer #booked2019 📚 ☀️
For the prompt Muslim author or MC, I listened to the audiobook, Internment by Samira Ahmed. Layla‘s character is strong and the audiobook was well done.

Megabooks Was the audio good? Narrator? I may go audio with this one. 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds good! Was this YA?? 2mo
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mhillis @Megabooks I‘ve only recently started listening to audiobooks but it kept my attention 🎧 2mo
mhillis @Cinfhen Yes, it‘s YA, the same author wrote (edited) 2mo
RaimeyGallant I am so in love with this cover! 2mo
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FeministBookClub
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Book 4 of #24in48!

Megabooks This is high on my TBR! 2mo
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mhillis
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Current reads: Internment. The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown.
Last book you recommended: Alif the Unseen
Number of books checked out from the library: 6
#weekendreads

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ephemeralwaltz
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☀️☀️☀️ #currentlyreading

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MaggieCarr
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This is supposed to be dystopian, yet with so many details it makes it feel as if the horribleness that is this storyline is believable. Tomorrow believeable. I pray that there is a profound understanding that only God may judge us and that we can all live in peace. Rise up, speak out. Don't let people get so much power that they lose themselves and instead of learning from history, they repeat it with devastating consequences.

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MaggieCarr
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Wow. Supposed to be dystopian but this storyline is tomorrow-believeable.

Bklover No kidding! 2mo
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Megabooks
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This does sound like something I‘d like! What about the rest of the #StarTrekSummer frequent participants? @tournevis @RamsFan1963 @LiterRohde

What should be your new summer read based on favorite character?

https://www.startrek.com/news/what-read-summer-based-your-favorite-star-trek-cha...

LiterRohde Out of the characters mentioned, mine would be Archer and 2mo
Megabooks @LiterRohde I‘ve always enjoyed Backula‘s acting. Archer was an interesting character. 2mo
tournevis Not sure I agree with some of the choices, like for Spock, but it's not a bad list at all. 2mo
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LiterRohde @Megabooks Yup. Quantum Leap. I think I liked Enterprise as much as I did because it seemed current and I loved the connection the characters had. Also space travel was something newish to humans. In all the other shows it seems that space is where we live; this is normal. I‘m almost done with TOS, and while it was a fun show and I like it and I understand its cult status and importance to history, I can‘t say I really connected with it. 2mo
Megabooks @tournevis I found some of the choices really interesting. Like most quiz-type things on the internet, a fun diversion. 2mo
Megabooks @LiterRohde Same here as far as TOS. I appreciate it, but I don‘t connect as much as I feel I should as a fan. I loved Backula on Murphy Brown, too. Showed his comedic side. 2mo
jmtrivera Isn't it a great list? 2mo
Megabooks @jmtrivera it is. 👍🏻👏🏻 2mo
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xxjenadanxx
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This is an excellent book but I hate it. I hate it because it isn‘t a far off futuristic imagining of some broken society, but a picture of our country as it is now. Of how quickly it could become reality, today. Of how it is already reality for so many TODAY. A climate of anger and fear based solely on small differences that brand someone as “other”.

Five stars, I think everyone should read this book.

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StaceyKondla
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Love the premise. It makes the topics of internment and fascism accessible to young readers. For that reason this is an important book and a valuable classroom resource. I also love that it is an open shot at Donald Trump. Because I have read extensively about the Holocaust/Japanese internment during WWII this book fell flat for me emotionally. Still glad I read it and would recommend to young readers without hesitation for the message alone.

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xxjenadanxx
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I took a quick trip to the library today and snagged these!

1.Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
2.Internment by Samira Ahmed
3.An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris

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StaceyKondla
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Started this one today

KaraWines Loved that one! I'm working on incorporating it into a unit for my students! 3mo
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CBee
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@Jas16 you are so kind ♥️ Such a lovely surprise in my mailbox today. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and your support so much. Thank you, thank you 😊

Lovesbooks87 This was such a powerful book. One of my favorite reads of the year! 3mo
xxjenadanxx I have this one on hold at my library! I can‘t wait to read it. 3mo
Jas16 I hope that you enjoy it. 💜 3mo
CBee @Jas16 thank you again ♥️ it really did brighten my day! 3mo
CBee @Lovesbooks87 👋🏻👋🏻 good to know! Really looking forward to it. 3mo
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knotmagick
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Went to the new library and this happened.

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mandi1082
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Mehso-so

This book makes you think what if???? I like the thought of this story and the what ifs. The main character was just okay. There was part of the story I could care less for. So many parts I wish I could have changed. The ending could have been a little bit better 🤷‍♀️ overall I liked the idea of the story and parts of the book. I would suggest giving it a try!

3⭐⭐⭐📖

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It‘s hard to criticize a book that is both relevant and necessary (and aimed at a younger population) in the United States of today. The negative events in the book are all too plausible at any moment. We think it will never happen, until one day it does. However, there were some aspects I just didn‘t like. Nevertheless, the overall message is still an important one of standing up for your rights and the rights of others. I would still recommend.

ReadingRover I totally agree with you‘re review. This book could totally happen at any moment today. It‘s very apropos to our time. But there were a lot things about it that made me crazy. Layla was so frustrating! She had no self control. And it was a little far fetched that the guard let her boyfriend sneak into the camp. Overall though I liked it. 4mo
gibblr @ReadingRover I wrote a longer one on Goodreads...here‘s what I had issues with: the unspoken seemingly romantic vibes between the MC and a guard, the MC‘s constant shock at being punished for resisting (although this was most likely made worse by the overly dramatic narrator), the fact that people were taken away and killed for lesser incidents than the ones the MC orchestrated, and what felt like too tidy of an ending. I did like it though! 3mo
ReadingRover I thought the same thing about her. She had no regard for her own safety or that of her family. She couldn‘t even just play along to get to the next step and find out what was going on when they first got to camp. She frustrated me to no end. You‘re also right about the unspoken romantic vibes between her and the guard. I‘m on Goodreads too! I do more reviews on there than here. I‘m going to look for you. What are you listed as? (edited) 3mo
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gibblr @ReadingRover I never know if I‘m Kim or gibblr on Goodreads 🤦🏻‍♀️ If you know yours, I‘ll look for you too! 3mo
ReadingRover Mine is listed at the top of my Litsy profile. It‘s under my name. Megan Apicelli. I looked for you but couldn‘t find it. I tried figuring it out by the reviews but wasn‘t sure the one I thought might have been you was K. But I wasn‘t positive 😝 3mo
gibblr @ReadingRover Found you! Just friended and followed you, so that‘s me 🤪 3mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A terrifyingly plausible story of a near-future where Muslim Americana are interned in concentration camps similar to the ones imprisoning Japanese Americans during WWII. 17-year old Layla is determined to resist, but quickly sees that the consequences are brutal and bloody. An important reminder that the past all too often repeats itself and we have to fight for a better, more peaceful, more equal future.

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mrozzz
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What do I even say? That though "just" a YA novel this story and main character Layla did a ridiculous job shredding my heart? Well it did & this book isn't "just" anything. If forced from your home in the middle of the night to be placed into a camp, how would you feel? Ahmed took on such a hot subject to point out the US' history of stripping citizens of their rights during wartime to show how easily our present administration could do the same.

Lovesbooks87 This was one of the most powerful books that I have read this year. I can even imagine this happening to me and my family. This book scared me because I felt like it could happen in our society today. I just hope it never does! 4mo
mrozzz @Lovesbooks87 that‘s great that it was so impactful for you. It scared me as well and there were several moments I gasped and had to take a break from reading, but I so so appreciated that this book was written. 4mo
Branwen I just finished this one recently too! I'm still shook up by it! So relevant and powerful! 4mo
Josiedlove I finished it last week... Mad me a lot & what‘s going on in our world today... A great book!!! 4mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Internment, Dev1at3, When the Moon was Ours, and Love in the Time of Cholera

"I strain to listen for boots on the pavement. Stomping. Marching." --Internment by Samira Ahmed

"But for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short." --Jane Austen

#weekendreads

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cdreincarnate
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Mehso-so

The concept was interesting, and certainly timely, but I had hard time with the fact that the MC was constantly surprised that there were consequences for her resistance. Like, seriously? You didn‘t see that coming?

Also the villain was too stupid to be a good villain. A good story needs a good villain and bigots can be very smart. Underestimating them is part of how we ended up with the current administration.

gibblr I sort of felt the same way about her reactions and then her immediate willingness to do it again, but maybe that‘s how it feels. 4mo
cdreincarnate @gibblr I‘d be OK with her continuing the resistance in the face of consequences as long as she fully understands what those consequences are, but the fact that she was always surprised made me think she wasn‘t thinking any of this through. Like, your parents are not paranoid honey. There‘s a reason they keep telling you to keep your head down. 3mo
gibblr I‘m not sure if you agree (since I see you listened to the audio like I did), but I felt the narrator also read it in an overly dramatic way when it came to the parts when the MC realized bad stuff was going to come back around. 3mo
cdreincarnate @gibblr Maybe a little. Overall I liked the narrator. 3mo
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Clare_Riley
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I really enjoyed this. It‘s obvious (through lack of gory detail) that this is YA: it was a good story, nonetheless. I wish the main character had started her campaign of resistance earlier, but I did manage to get quite emotionally involved by the end - it was a bit rushed in the final chapters, though. It is quite scary how easily we could fall into this trap of exclusion, racism and general hate. An important subject to read about right now.

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Josiedlove
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Started this gem last night when my eyes wouldn‘t shut... First time I jump right into another book without finishing one... Only because it‘s an ebook loan from the library & I have eight days to read this gem... Soooo not me but enjoying the first two chapters.... 💜

#internment #samirahmed #readingismagical #bookswag #readingismyescape #bookstagram #bookporn #2019readingchallenge

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Book_yogi
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Mehso-so

This is obviously a timely book. Set in the very near future, a story of the reaction to fear and racism, with the internment of a Muslim family, but really it could be a story of any culture in America today. While at times the story was a bit too on the nose, I appreciate the difficulty and need to write a young adult book that encourages resistance against injustice and to never become complacent with hatred.

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rachelsbrittain
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Mini library haul (also featuring a sneak peek at an upcoming podcast read in the back there for anyone who follows Unassigned Reading 😉)

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jamicuns
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Mehso-so

It‘s hard to believe a nation could intern citizens based on their race/religion but yet history proves it‘s possible. Will you take a stand if your country discriminates against citizens for their religion, race, gender, sexuality? This is the heart of the story...what would you do? The story felt rushed and a bit saccharine for the heaviness of the topic. I do appreciate that she tried to tackle important issues we are dealing with today.

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We all look like ants marching in this dust straight into a giant trap where we'll be stuck or where we'll be fed poison that we inadvertently spread to the rest of the group...what's that thing people always say about history? Unless we know our history, we're doomed to repeat it? Never forget it? Isn't that the lesson? But we always forget. Forgetting is in the American grain.

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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“When fascism comes to America, it will be draped in the flag.”

I don‘t even know what to say about this book that will do it justice. Its dark and not a subject people want to face when they try to escape in the world of books. It was hard for me to read through some scenes but I‘m glad I read it.

Read this book now!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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cpreja
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Next up.

I haven't focused much on reading YA novels but I am really starting to get into them.

This one has great reviews so far, excited to jump in.

RadicalReader YA novels are great the ones that I loved that I read are Fault In Our Stars by John Green and 5mo
cpreja @RadicalReader thanks for the recommendations! I will make sure to pick these up. 5mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Tamra This American Life most recent episode had a story at the end that is relevant to your post. Small southern town was all pro Trump immigration crackdown until raids hit and then they watched ordinary people and families they knew destroyed. I have to work hard at being generous in the face of ignorance. 5mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @tamra I‘ll have to watch that show! That reminds me of that Aeromexico commercial where they went to Pro Trump towns and gave them a Ancestry test then asked if they would ever visit Mexico. They all said no and then their test result were reveled and all of them had Mexican dna. However much their percentage was they got a discount on their plane tickets. It‘s was pretty funny to see their faces when they found out they had some Mexican dna. 5mo
Tamra @That-Bookish-Hiker bah, how supremely ironic. This American Life is a podcast. It‘s great! 5mo
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This book is soooo good but it hurts my stomach because the reality of it is daunting. While readingI keep asking myself “would I speak up if this was happening?”

Right now immigrant children from Central America are in cages like the characters in this book. They are being round up with their parents and being separated by ICE.

What can we do to stop this from happening?

#thoughtswhilereading

Slajaunie It has been happening for many years. We just didn't know it before. 5mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @slajaunie that is so true. I had no idea they were separating the kids for their parents and keeping them in cages. I knew whenever they rounded up Mexican immigrants it wasn‘t good but I‘ve always been naive. My dad immigrated here from Mexico and I can‘t imagine the things he went through to get here and stay here. 5mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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“What‘s that thing people always say about history? Unless we know our history, we‘re doomed to repeat it? Never forget? Isn‘t that the lesson? But we always forget. Forgetting is in the American grain.”

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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“When you‘re a kid, you think your parents are invincible and all-knowing, and then when you start to grow up and realize that they‘re simply flawed human beings trying to make their way in the world the best they can.”

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Damn.

ChasingOm This book has a lot of “damn” moments. 😬 5mo
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FireproofBunny
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I suck at writing reviews. Internment by Samira Ahmed is a thought provoking heartbreaking “glimpse 15 mins into America‘s future”

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈 5mo
FireproofBunny Thank you 🙂 5mo
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FireproofBunny
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There is no bargaining with death when it comes it gives no quarter and doesn‘t care about your merits

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FireproofBunny
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You need only glance to the vastness of the sky and multitude of the stars to know the infinite depth of our love

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FireproofBunny
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From the dark quite that scares me I discover that love lives in the deepest silence

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FireproofBunny
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Rebellions are built on hope

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FireproofBunny
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Basis of faith, is believing in the unseen the unknowable, about how it is important to question because searching for answers can strengthen your resolve

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FireproofBunny
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A compass doesn‘t tell you where you are, and it doesn‘t tell you where you have to go. It can only point you in a direction. It‘s up to you to always find your true north