All of the events leading up to the climax of Samira Ahmed’s Internment are considered the rising action. Rising action consists of key events that lead to the point of no return, the climax, when there is no turning back. The climax of the book occurs when Soheil throws himself at the electrified fence. His death reveals the horrible truth to the world that Camp Mobius is a prison, a death camp. Events rapidly spiral after Soheil’s act.
Many events lead up to the climax of the book. Once Layla begins to wander the camp and Jake does not turn her in, she becomes increasingly more daring in her actions. She befriends Jake as she searches for a solution to free her family and the others. Jake helps Layla to contact David, who will bring information from Layla to the outside in order to expose the Director for the monster he is.
More people become involved in the plan. Ayesha, Soheil, and others promise to help Layla in any plan that will free them. Noor is beaten and removed by the guards as the others watch in horror. Jake warns Layla to be careful and not to take any risks, as Noor is just one example of how terrible the Director can be. Despite Jake’s warning that he can only protect her so much (the Director also makes a point of letting her know he’s aware of her identity), she presses on with her plan.
Noor’s hijab is found with blood and the word “resist” written on it. Jake worries that he might not be able to stop the Director from hurting Layla. He and Layla are getting closer, and he doesn’t want anything to happen to her. He gives her hope with the knowledge that there are protests everywhere to free the people of Mobius.
Layla and David become more daring, and they meet in secret, without Jake’s protection. The Director discovers them and hits Layla. David broadcasts the event live on Instagram. The Red Cross arrives as a result, and the Director locks down the camp in an effort to look good. Media and protesters surround the outer fence.
Layla and her friends hold a protest fast, which prompts chaos and violence. As a result, Layla is targeted even more by the Director, and her parents become angry about her actions. Stricter rules are enforced now, but people still continue to join the fight.
The Director tries to intimidate Layla, but she refuses to let him gain the upper hand, and she will not become his informant. A steady crowd of media and protesters remains outside the electrified fence now. Layla and the others stage another protest, knowing they have support outside. The police are unable to hold back the protesters, and amid the commotion, Soheil hurls himself at the fence, electrocuting himself.
Immediately following Soheil’s death, the Director sends guards to retrieve Layla and place her in prison. Everything has changed, and there is no turning back. Thus begins the descent of the Director and Camp Mobius.