Today I have a review for Mirage by Somaiya Daud!
I received this novel from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review!
Release Date: August 28th, 2018
Pages: 320 Pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books
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.
Mirage is a novel that I have been extremely excited to finally pick up. This novel had a story that spoke to me, an abundance of incredible characters and incredible writing that you couldn’t help but love.
This is an own voices story with a Moroccan female character names Amani. Her family is not one with a lot of resources, they are a family of farmers that are in a constant state of oppression.
I think the thing that made me come back to this novel time and time again whist reading it was how well Amani was written. Her character was one that I found to be so strong. She never stopped fighting for her culture, her people and what she believed in and I found that to be truly inspiring.
The rest of the characters in this novel were very compelling and definitely positively added to the plot in a way that wasn’t obtrusive or unnecessary.
The plot of this novel was one that definitely compelled the reader to keep reading. It’s terrifying to see how realistic some of the situations in this novel are, with the colonization and the suffering of these people who are having their culture and traditions taken away from them in cruel ways. This novel will definitely pull on your heart strings and make you feel for these people who haven’t done anything wrong but are being treated as if they have.
I really and truly loved how this novel made me feel whilst reading it. I found myself changing my opinion on a character multiple times due to the incredible character building Daud had in this novel. The plot was also one that I haven’t read before, which made this read all the more special to me.
I truly recommend you all pick this novel up because it will quickly become one of your favourites!
That concludes my review for Mirage by Somaiya Daud!
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