MIRAGE

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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Carve the Mark

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; 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, and one wrong move could lead to her death…

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
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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Carve the Mark
A masterful, stunning read that brings Somaiya onto the scene as a major talent—and voice—and force—to be reckoned with.
— Margaret Stohl, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures and Black Widow: Forever Red
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
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
Mirage had me enthralled from its first page to its last. It’s a 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 All the Rage and Cracked Up To Be
Daud is a masterful storyteller. MIRAGE gives readers an exquisitely wrought world with deft characters, death defying stakes & an aching romance. Bound to linger in your dreams.
— Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
A rich, dazzling, powerful debut. Somaiya Daud is an author to watch.
— Tahereh Mafi, author of the Shatter Me series, Furthermore, and Whichwood
Mirage is a fantastic book. It’s 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 and Roses & Rot
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
Somaiya Daud’s Mirage reads like the lushest of fantasies, set in an unforgettably immersive world that is both dangerous and impossibly lovely.
— Rosalyn Eves, author of Blood Rose Rebellion