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ABOUT THE BOOK
Mirage (Book #1 in the Mirage series)
by Somaiya Daud
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Like most writers, she started when she was young and never really stopped. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Politics and Prose in their children’s department. Determined to remain in school for as long as possible, she packed her bags in 2014 and moved the west coast to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature. Now she’s preparing to write a dissertation on Victorians, rocks, race, and the environment. Mirage is her debut, and is due from Flatiron Books in 8/28/2018.
Review: I couldn’t put this gorgeous little book down! Miss Daud’s writing and world building were lush and immersive and I couldn’t get enough. The different planets and moons were very fascinating and I loved how unique they were.
The plot was fantastic, it moved at a fast but not rushed pace and it kept me turning the pages like a madman. I found the romance wasn’t too over the top or gushy and the ship works. The profanity was nonexistent, and made the book that more enjoyable for me. Overall the book was riveting and hooked me from the first chapter, was fast paced, and very enjoyable. If you’re looking for an immersive sci-fi with a unique twist look no further!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Recommendation: ages 14 and up
FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
Prize: One finished copy of Mirage by Somaiya Daud (USA only)