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Mirage AUTHOR Somaiya DaVenture 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 conuered people that she reuires a body double someone to appear in public as Maram ready to die in I have been waiting for this book and I didn't even know it Smart fast paced sexy heartbreaking with spectacular worldbuilding The cultural details from names to clothes to physical descriptions to poetry are so painstakingly and carefully done It's a sci fi that feels like a fantasy which tbh is my favorite genre combo You will be hearing me yell about this book all year Add it to your TBRs try to get your hands on an ARC It is absolutely fantastic

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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 moonBut when ad I am and I cannot stress this enough a mess over this bookI love this book for many reasons least of which that lately I’ve been full of the restless dissatisfied energy that seemed to move into my heart after finishing a book I’ve been chasing that particular high you only get from certain rare stories – the ones that make you want to press the book against your chest and try to soak up the gorgeous literature via osmosis the ones that resonate with you on a strange personal level like a reminder of something that was once very dear to you but has somehow been forgotten; and chief of which is the ragged awe of reading something so achingly familiar a story that feels like home and the most gentle and glowy emotion in your chest at the knowledge that your culture has found its way into the YA fare and has been brought to an audience who likely would not have known about it otherwiseSo what's this book about?Mirage is set in a Moroccan proxy world called Cadiz a moon of the planet Andala which has been conuered by the Vath a ruthless empire from another planet intent on erasing the customs and traditions of the Cadiz people During her community’s traditional coming of age ceremony 18 year old Amani is violently stolen from her family in an impoverished village on Cadiz and held captive in the imperial palace Ziyaana where she is shocked to find that she bears a striking resemblance to the half Vathek princess Maram vak Mathis who is known to be as cruel and unforgiven as her Vathek father but with the face of her Kushaila mother In response to increased rebel attacks Amani is forced to train to become the princess’s body double “I had lost a battle I’d never been euipped to fight I’d been stripped of all things that were meant to be mine that Dihya had blessed me with and now – how could I keep myself preserve myself if I had none of myself left? If all I had was Maram?” Mirage is drawn from recent Moroccan history especially a historical episode known as The Years of Lead – the period in Morocco between the 1960s and 1980s under the reign of Hassan II that was notable for violent crackdowns against dissent that ranged from poetic expression to the insistence on the recognition of Morocco’s many indigenous groups The book also addresses the enduring wounds of colonialism appropriation injustice suppression and erasure along with orientalist tropes And Amani’s experiences of prejudice and structural ineualities draw vivid parallels with our world without allowing a didactic message to dominateBut what is most fascinating about this book is the way the author taps into a rich imaginative lineage as she weaves Northwest African mythology into a world that resonates with our own Andalan is truly a treat of a fantasy world fully sketched out and masterly thought out with a thematically rich mythology and a gorgeous imagery Many elements of the story are modeled on concepts specific to the Amazigh – an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa that predates the Arabs of Morocco but that’s been historically left out of the political process and severely marginalized like the warrior ueen Dihya also known as Kahena who still serves as a symbol of empowerment and feminism and anti colonialismWith a propulsive pacing and a compelling narrative the story felt like a gaping chasm of possibilities fearful and breathless and awed There was a sense of magic of possibility and of anxious danger as Amani enters a world that is as alluring as it is treacherous  as she learns to navigate the complexities of court and the machinations of politics as her days as a prisoner in the imperial palace become increasingly bleak and she finds solace in poetry Throughout her journey Amani slowly develops the resilience needed to fight back I love how she starts out as someone who is furious at the injustices being committed against her indigenous community but feels as if she is unable of doing anything about it that she is too small for the skin she wanted to carry But by the end of the novel she becomes a person who can be a rebel a person who not only has found the strength and resilience to endure – but to act “The crown of Dhiya has been stripped from me my face changed my body broken But I was not a slave and I was not a spare I was my mother’s daughter and I would survive and endure I would find my way home” I also loved how the rest of the characters have been humanized by giving them the room to be fully fleshed and multidimensional instead of diminishing the full spectrum of their personality The reluctant friendship that emerges between Amani and Maram the princess positions itself structurally as the heart of the book as Amani finds out that Maram is a forgery The half Vathek half Kushaila princess has lived her life being too foreign for her conuered people too foreign for her conuering empire never enough for both Her cruelty is merely her last attempt at hardening her heart into armor and chiseling herself into a harder but ultimately a less truer version of herselfThe romance between Amani and Maram’s fiancé Idris is definitely trope based and kind of insta lovey which would have otherwise made the cynic I am at heart cringe inwardly But honestly? I loved how it wasn’t the crux of the book Amani as a strong female character with a strong compelling narrative is a teen navigating love intimacy and affection without being denied depth of characterAnd all of it makes it so exciting to remember that this is just the first book of a duology We’ll get to see the author develop her mythological system and work out the first book kinks over the course of this series There’s definitely a lot to look forward to “Happiness is rebellion”

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Free Mirage AUTHOR Somaiya Daud kindle ¶ eBook 9781250126429 Ö ➥ [Ebook] ➠ Mirage By Somaiya Daud ➯ – 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 wriHer placeAs 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 perfectionbecause one wrong move could lead to her dea i got this book in owlcrates september box and im so happy because this wasnt even on my radar this book was relatively short and so it wasted no time with a slow build up the story dived straight into the world building which honestly was a bit overwhelming but eventually that overwhelming feeling developed into intrigue and i felt like this story had a lot going for it the cultural representation the sci fi feel within a fantasy centred story and the characters i really appreciated amani i thought she had such a strong resolve not breaking to her new and unfortunate circumstances but showing defiance in her own way and even though she had this strength she was also a poet showing this romantic and tenderhearted side of her i think thats so important to show women that they can be soft and strong at the same time the reason this wasnt a 5 star read for me even though i thought it was an entertaining story was i just couldnt shake the feeling that i had read it before? it kind of felt like nearly every other YA fantasy novel like if you had told me ‘enter any other YA authors name here’ wrote this i would believe you and im not saying this is necessarily bad because obviously i enjoyed the book but it was definitely noticeable overall i thought this was an impressive debut and a promising start to what i hope will be a wonderful and lush series ↠ 35 stars