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Mirage /

by Daud, Somaiya [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.Edition: First edition.Description: 311 pages : map ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781250126429; 1250126428.Subject(s): Kidnapping victims -- Fiction | Impostors and imposture -- Fiction | Princesses -- Fiction | Impostors and imposture -- Fiction | Impostors and imposture -- Juvenile fiction | Kidnapping -- Fiction | Fantasy | Impostors and imposture -- Juvenile fiction | Kidnapping -- Juvenile fiction | Princesses -- Juvenile fiction | Kidnapping victims -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fantasy fiction | Fiction | Juvenile works | Young adult worksSummary: "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; she dreams of having adventures, and travelling beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped and brought to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is to become a body double for the hated princess Maram"-- adapted from Amazon description.
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<p> "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 <br> <br> "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 <br> <br> " This debut fantasy h as what it takes to be the next big thing in sci-fi/fantasy." -- SLJ , starred review<br> <br> " Immersive, captivating." -- ALA Booklist , starred review <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.</p>

"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; she dreams of having adventures, and travelling beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped and brought to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is to become a body double for the hated princess Maram"-- adapted from Amazon description.

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Horn Book Review

In this sci-fi adventure, eighteen-year-old Amani lives on a small moon of the planet Andala, in the aftermath of the Vathek conquest of the Andalaan system. Imperial droids abduct Amani from her impoverished farming village, and its not until arriving at the Vathek palace that she understands why: she looks uncannily like Princess Maram. The Vath coerce Amani into acting as Marams body double in the dangerous months before the princesss confirmation as royal heir. Amani endures physical modifications, intensive training (and occasional torture), and the loss of her family, her home, and all aspects of her culture and faith. But the resilient and principled Amani succeeds; not only does she flawlessly impersonate Maram, she also makes allies, softens the princesss cruel heart, colludes with rebel leaders, and falls in love with Marams fianc Idris. The novel is most notable for its stunning world-building, with its Moroccan-influenced setting, culture, and religion vividly evoked (though the characters are perhaps a bit less distinctive). A good entry point for readers of speculative fiction ready to explore a wider, more diverse, and more nuanced universe. Hand to fans of Adeyemis Children of Blood and Bone (rev. 5/18), Onyebuchis Beasts Made of Night, and Kwaymullinas Tribe trilogy (The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, rev. 3/14, and sequels). katie bircher (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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