Title: Mirage (Mirage #1)
Author: Somaiya Daud
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
“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.” (Goodreads)
I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a few months since picking up a signed copy at a Half Price Books. I have binged a lot of sci-fi lately and at an attempt to get through the books I already own I borrowed the audio version from my library.
There were a couple things I liked about this book but overall it just left me feeling impartial to it. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. The plot was like many other books I have read before. I was hoping the use of a body double would be used differently but it was the same ol’ plot just in space.
I think that is the one thing that did make it unique. They were on the moon! But, there wasn’t much for world building besides that.
The characters were meh and didn’t spark any feelings in me when they came into trouble. They were just fine.
Overall, it was just meh/fine. I don’t really have any feelings towards this one but at least I can knock another book off my tbr!