Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Expected Publication: August 28th 2018
Genres: 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.
3 REASONS I’M EXCITED FOR MIRAGE
- Genre mash-up. This is fantasy with a dash of science fiction which sounds great.
- It’s Moroccan-inspired. So it’s pretty special right there, but I’ve also seen from the ARC review that all the cultural details are impeccably done so this should be a really immersive read. It’s ownvoices too, an that’s always something I’m keen to support.
- Cruel empires and body doubles. The plot sounds really exciting and full of potential conflict. I can’t wait to see the interaction between Maram and Amani.