Mirage: A Novel by Somaiya DaudMirage: A Novel by Somaiya Daud

Mirage: A Novel

bySomaiya Daud

Hardcover | August 28, 2018

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"A refreshing and unique coming-of-age story...a beautiful and necessary meditation on finding strength in one's culture." -Entertainment Weekly, Top Pick of the Month

"A YA marvel that will shock breath into your lungs. If you loved The Wrath and the Dawn and Children of Blood and Bone, Mirage will captivate you." -The Christian Science Monitor

"This debut fantasy has what it takes to be the next big thing in sci-fi/fantasy." -SLJ, starred review

"Immersive, captivating." -ALA Booklist, starred review

In a world 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 home.

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.

Somaiya Daud is a twenty-something writer and PhD candidate at the University of Washington. A former bookseller in the children's department at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, Somaiya is passionate about Arabic poetry, the stars, and the Gothic novel. Mirage is her debut novel.
Title:Mirage: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.54 × 5.78 × 1.27 inPublished:August 28, 2018Publisher:Flatiron BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250126428

ISBN - 13:9781250126429

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A debut author to watch Mirage was a very unexpected experience; as beautiful as it was brutal. The story begins in Amanis village – I wish we had more time to get to know her in that setting but I did appreciate how fast paced the action was. The setting was unusual but enjoyable and I liked that there was futuristic tech but I did find a lot of the names and terms of the cultures to be confusing. The world building could have been a little more thorough. Amani is quickly taken to act as a body double for the Vathek Princess Maram. Maram is a vicious girl that you despise right away and yet I came to like her by the end of the book. Her story was perhaps the most complex and intriguing. Amani goes through a horrible ordeal as she acclimatizes to life in the palace where she is forcibly molded into a copy of the princess.. She is very compliant because she fears if she doesn’t cooperate her family will suffer. She wasnt written as homesick as I think she would have been though. Amani does a brilliant job of immitating Maram at social engagements but it doesn’t fool Idris, Marams fiance. I really liked Idris because he didn’t follow any of the male stereotypes in YA. He was quite vulnerable and even though you think their relationship is surely doomed you really want it to end otherwise. Mirage had a lot of unexpected surprises that kept me on my toes and I enjoyed the story over all. I have high hopes that the sequel will be even better and think Somaiya Daud is an author to watch.
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty standard YA I really wanted to love this book - the premise looked promising and the online chatter was positive. But unfortunately, it just didn’t quite do it for me. First, the good stuff. Daud has created a beautiful and very detailed world - it’s vibrant and solidly constructed. She definitely has a talent for world building, and the quality of it is what kept me going through the book. I also really liked how poetry was an integral part of the protagonist Amani’s culture. She described it as an honour to be considered a poet, and recited passages of poems throughout the story. It really stuck with me - it’s such a unique and wonderful idea. I really wish the rest of the book was like this. The antagonist Princess Maram was fascinating and multi-layered - the story from her perspective would have been great. But instead the narrator is her body-double Amani, a nice enough character, although rather one dimensional and dull. She had no fire and it made the slow pacing feel that much worse. The plot was pure filler, making it very obvious early on that this book was just setting up the rest of the series. That annoys me more than anything else. I have nothing against trilogies, but the first book should be more than an intro - it should be a full story unto itself! I can’t finish this review without talking about the tropes. Oh, the many YA tropes - a society is conquered, one special girl joins the resistance, and don’t forget the instalove. Can we get a moratorium on instalove? It never comes off right - the relationship feels forced and lacks any spark. And of course, it ends up like that with Amani and her love interest, Idris. Overall, I’d file this in the average column of YA fiction. I think I’m going to skip the rest of the series.
Date published: 2019-01-22

Editorial Reviews

SLJ Best Book of the YearALA Booklist Top 10 Scifi/Fantasy Book for YouthALA's Best Fiction for Young Adults ListChildren's Africana Book Award Honor Book for Older ReadersABA IndieNext PickJunior Library Guild SelectionAmazon Editors' Favorite Books of Fall"Superb...a refreshing and unique coming-of-age story. The way Amani uses her heritage to facilitate her survival makes Mirage a beautiful and necessary meditation on finding strength in one's culture." -Entertainment Weekly, Top Pick of the Month "Daud's debut novel has the flair of an Arthurian drama, the lavish sensory detail of a Nizar Qabbani poem, and the sleek technical flair of a sci-fi series...this audacious combination is so skillfully done that it'll shock breath into your lungs. If you loved The Wrath and the Dawn and Children of Blood and Bone, Mirage will captivate you." -The Christian Science Monitor"This poetically written novel will appeal to many, particularly fans of Cinder by Marissa Meyer and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Verdict: This debut novel has what it takes to be the next big thing in sci-fi/fantasy." -School Library Journal, starred review"This gorgeously written, immersive, and captivating series starter is sure to have fans eager for a sequel." -ALA Booklist, starred review"Prepare yourself for a story that's enriching, thrilling, and captivating." -BuzzFeed"Mirage is smart, sexy, and devilishly clever. Somaiya Daud has penned a tale worthy of all the stars in the sky, and I can't wait to read what she writes next." -Renée Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn"Daud is a masterful storyteller. Mirage gives readers an exquisitely wrought world with deft characters, death-defying stakes, and an aching romance. Bound to linger in your dreams." -Roshani Choksi, author of The Star-Touched Queen"Somaiya Daud's Mirage reads like the lushest of fantasies, set in an unforgettably immersive world that is both dangerous and impossibly lovely. The characters are complex and nuanced, and the story is by turns romantic, harrowing, climactic and hopeful, though the unresolved ending paves the way for an even grander sequel. I didn't want it to end, and I can't wait to return to the world Daud has created." -Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion"Mirage is full of my favorite things: secrets, intrigue, gorgeous mythology, and complicated characters. It will break your heart and fill you with hope." -Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians"A rich, dazzling, powerful debut. Somaiya Daud is an author to watch." -Tahereh Mafi, author of the Shatter Me series, Furthermore, and Whichwood"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. Daud's novel asks, 'what does it mean to impersonate your enemy?' And the answer she provides here is nothing short of thrilling. I was here for all of it, and I desperately need to know what happens next." -Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night"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. Somaiya Daud is a rare talent. A smart, romantic, exciting debut." -Veronica Roth, author of Divergent and Carve the Mark"Mirage reads as an impossible trick of the light, a feather that carves words into stone, a banquet of longing and loss. Every page comes roaring to life in a way that overwhelms and transforms you. This isn't a debut novel so much as an heirloom, and the work of a master storyteller." -Margaret Stohl, coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Black Widow: Forever Red"Mirage had me enthralled from its first page to its last. It's a heart-wrenching, romantic, and exhilarating page-turner. Begin preparing yourselves for it now. Somaiya Daud is a brilliant writer and she has written a brilliant book." -Courtney Summers, author of Sadie"With its breathtaking worldbuilding and characters who grabbed me from the first page, 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