Mirage: the captivating Sunday Times bestseller - Mirage (Hardback)Somaiya Daud (author)
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The crown of Dihya had 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 back home.
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, sixteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation and receiving a sign that one day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. She is kidnapped by the government and taken in secret to the royal palace. There, 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 to appear in public, 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' fiance, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear, and she soon realises that one wrong move could lead to her death...
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 442 g
Dimensions: 223 x 159 x 31 mm
'Mirage is full of characters who feel like they existed long before the story began, and a rich world that is as beautiful as it is cruel. A smart, romantic, exciting debut from a rare talent' - Veronica Roth
'Prepare yourself for a story that's enriching, thrilling, and captivating' - BuzzFeed
'Mirage is by turns thrilling and ruminative, sexy and heartbreaking. Somaiya Daud has written a moving and unforgettable debut' - Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
'Lush and dangerous, Mirage had me entranced. Amani's journey-from rural innocent to calculating young woman, from village girl to royal impersonator-is galactic. I was here for all of it, and I desperately need to know what happens next.' - Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night
'A masterful, stunning read that brings Somaiya onto the scene as a major talent and voice and force to be reckoned with.' - Margaret Stohl
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“Fantastic 4.5 stars!”
Mirage is a YA sci-fi fantasy which follows the story of Amani, a young woman kidnapped from her village and forced to become the body double of the much hated princess, Maram.
I really enjoyed this story. It felt... More
“gorgeous, descriptive and a beautiful set up”
Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton I was sent a beautiful proof copy of Mirage to review. The premise definitely intrigued me; a conquered race with cruel overlords, a body double to face the danger and a delectable mix... More
“Mirage is full of lyrical prose and fantastical descriptions throughout.”
There wasn't really anything awful or bad about Mirage: it just wasn't quite to my personal taste.
It didn't have that pizazz for me: not managing to either grab or retain my initial interest.
I even... More
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