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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  5,843 ratings  ·  1,646 reviews
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,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Flatiron Books
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Emily May
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
“you are not defined by the men in your life, no matter how powerful. You lived before them and you shall live after them. You can’t let them determine your path.”

3 1/2 stars. Now THIS is the feminist YA fantasy of 2018, not Heart of Thorns. It's imperfect, yes, falling into a number of debut author traps, but it's a slow-burning, diverse fantasy with a rich, Moroccan-inspired setting.

Somewhat surprisingly, Mirage is a character-driven fantasy. Most YA fantasy I read is driven by mindless acti
شيماء ✨
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to شيماء ✨ by: Melanie
I am, as the poets say, a complete fucking mess over this book.

I love this book for many reasons. Least of which is that lately I’ve been full of the restless, dissatisfied energy that seemed to move into my heart after finishing a book, I’ve been chasing that particular high you only get from certain rare stories—the ones that make you want to press the book against your chest and try to soak up the gorgeous literature via osmosis, the ones that resonate with you on a strange personal level, li
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Somaiya Daud didn’t have to come for us like this..... she’s like “here take this amazing multidimensional narrative about colonization and agency and internalized hatred for one’s culture, driven by a fantastic lady lead and her complex relationship with a fantastic lady antivillain, featuring fantastic setting descriptions and a really good romance, and also I write like a fucking Pulitzer Prize winner and this is my debut” and im just. out here eating a bag of chips

I know I just gave you a re

ARC provided by Flatiron in exchange for an honest review.

You all should check out this amazing ownvoices review from Em! 💜

“On a small moon orbiting a large planet, in a small farmhouse in a small village, there was a box, and in this box was a feather.”

Mirage is a magical, wonderful, important, gift to the YA SFF world. From characters I fell in love with, to the messages about the importance of your culture and your family, to the most lyrical and beautiful writing. I loved this story with
Sabaa Tahir
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this book and I didn't even know it. Smart, fast-paced, sexy, heartbreaking, with spectacular worldbuilding. The cultural details, from names to clothes to physical descriptions to poetry are so painstakingly and carefully done. It's a sci-fi that feels like a fantasy, which tbh is my favorite genre combo. You will be hearing me yell about this book all year. Add it to your TBRs, try to get your hands on an ARC. It is absolutely fantastic.
A book, for me, can have a thousand tropes, but as long as it has this one specific element, it can be a thousand times glorious.


I don’t want to read a dull story. I don’t want to not feel anything. I want to be moved to ugly tears and be made so angry I can’t move my limbs and fumble with my words.

This was one intense book and, unsurprisingly, character-driven. Intensity is not brought to life by objects; it is created by people who feel, see, hear, touch and taste.

Who have personal
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Science fiction can be hit and miss for me, so I don’t request ARCs from the genre terribly often, but when I heard the synopsis on this one—and the fact that it has own-voice Moroccan rep, which I’d never seen in a story before—I knew it was one I couldn’t afford to miss out on, and for good reason. I don’t say this lightly in my advance reviews, but honestly, I believe Mirage is going to be one of the best, and most important, releases of 2018.

The crown of Dihya had been stripped from me, my
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Okay, I got the same book in my Sept Fairyloot Box! This is happening too much, but I loved the book from this box and all the stuff in it. I will leave a link below the picture!


I actually enjoyed this book, at first I wasn't sure and then it reeled me in closer to the end of the book! I couldn't give up on a book set in space and stuff! =)


This was in my Sept Owlcrate box. I hope I love it as much as my friends have given it 5 stars! I must admit, I love the original
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual rating: 3.25 stars

“Even Your Happiness is rebellion.”

🌟 I don’t usually put synopsis but I felt it was important to understand this review and because I went into the story without even knowing what is it about!

🌟 I know this book will get a lot of good reviews and ratings which is cool and makes me happy for the author. The problem is that this is a debut novel and it felt like one!

🌟 I am not a big Sci-fi reader
Cait • A Page with a View
Release date: August 28, 2018

Ok pretty sure this is going to be another one of my top reads of this year. It felt like a fantasy story with sci-fi elements mixed in and was just so wonderfully original. I was initially going to mention that I thought this story had echoes of Star Wars, buuuut that probably just reflects how shallow my actual sci-fi knowledge is instead of anything about the story.

ANYWAYS this whole story is SO WELL DONE. The basic idea is that Amani is kidnapped by imperial dro
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i got this book in owlcrates september box and im so happy because this wasnt even on my radar!

this book was relatively short and so it wasted no time with a slow build up. the story dived straight into the world building which, honestly, was a bit overwhelming. but eventually that overwhelming feeling developed into intrigue. and i felt like this story had a lot going for it - the cultural representation, the sci-fi feel within a fantasy centred story, and the characters.

i really appreciated
C.G. Drews
This is such a lush sci-fi with an AWESOME premise! Body-doubles and rich backstabby courts and rebellions and the actual most intricately detailed culture and world! (Although lowkey thought it was fantasy?! I think the non-galaxy-starry cover threw me haha.) It's also really important and special to see #ownvoices sci-fi featuring POC characters and culture.

I'm sad there were things that didn't work for me regarding plot logic/writing style...but I still think it's a beautiful book and will a
may ❀

i really liked the pacing and the plot and the writing style and how the author seamlessly managed to incorporate her moroccan culture into sci-fi fiction, it's official y'all, shes an actual queen

i adored the art representing the cities/places they were traveling, honestly that was the highlight of the book

the characters were interesting, well developed, and i see so much more growth happening in the coming books im HYPED

maram's character in
may ➹
Jul 29, 2018 marked it as need-to-finish
I made it to 3% and I’ve never been prouder of myself

(the writing is gorgeous and nothing is BAD about it, I’m just...not in the mood to read this AT ALL)
5 Stars!

You do not kneel or bend, I told myself. To anyone. You continue.

You know when you need a book in your life, but you didn't realise what that was until you read it? Well for me, this was Mirage. I got an ARC from Netgalley and then two copies in subscription boxes, so I'm going to say it was a sign that I had to read it.

I'm quite surprised at myself, now I can be honest here and say Sci-Fi isn't usually for me, I'm normally very skeptical and it takes me a while to get into it. For some
This was solid. I really enjoyed this. Review to come.
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: Mirage is a young adult fantasy written by Somaiya Daud. It will be published on 8/28/18 by Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 320 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, and science fiction. This book is the author’s debut and is intended for readers ages 13 to 18.

My Experience: I started reading Mirage on 4/6/18 and finished it on 4/14/18. This book is an excellent read! I love that there’s a village on the moon. The body double is interesting to read, especially w
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mirage by Somaiya Daud is the first book of the new young adult romantic science fiction fantasy series by the same name. Eighteen year old Amani is from a poor family living in a village on a remote moon when droids show up scanning everyone they come across.

When the droids scan Amani they find something within her that causes her capture and to be whisked away from her home. The next Amani knows she is meeting Princess Maram and finds she is staring into what is practically her own face. That
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mirage resonated with me, a child of Chinese immigrants, in ways I didn't expect.

I'll admit that the action was lacking and the pacing languorous. And yet, the storytelling was no less beautiful. Interestingly enough, the core theme of Mirage was cultural assimilation—it was the main thread pulling the plot together, a thread that also wove itself into the fabric of the characters.

The characters were wonderfully nuanced. Surprisingly, I empathised with Idris, who struggled with the loss of his h
maram ☂︎
Jan 20, 2018 marked it as on-hold-or-dnf
currently being hated by everyone ???? show me your worst, Princess Maram 🌚

buddy read with an angel 💫


Mirage will finally be released tomorrow and I'm so here for an antagonistic character that's also called Maram 🌚🌚🌚🌚 Also, need the physical copy like yesterday IT'S GORGEOUS 😍💜
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
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"You are not defined by the men in your life, no matter how powerful."

Mirage was definitely not what I was expecting--but not in a bad way! I was looking forward to reading a high-stakes survival story with lots of action and rebellion (I was totally imagining a fantasy version of The Hunger Games), but it was more along the lines of The Wrath and the Dawn with its slower pacing and intense focus on the romance.

Again, this is not nece
Buddy Reading this with my favourite Chris Hemsworth lover

Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC. I also received a review copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions on Mirage are my own, receiving a copy did not impact this at all.

Trigger Warnings: kidnapping, cultural erasure, physical abuse, war themes, murder, forced body altercations, talk of grief and trauma


One of the most ridiculously tedious books I have ever read.

I did enjoy the overall setting and some of the characters were mildly interesting, but every. Single. Scene. Felt so insignificant and useless, and if there was a somewhat exciting one, it was quickly skipped over just to resume the talking about tiles. I don't think I've ever read a book that talked about tiles more than this one.

And the climax? Massively underwhelming. I would have dnf'd this countless times had I not held onto the
Candace Robinson
This was another just okay read for me. I wasn’t a fan of some of the scifi elements, maybe that type of stuff just isn’t my thing. I did really like Amani and her poetry fetish. Although the writing was excellent and the romance was nice, I just wasn’t fist pumping over this one.
Lily ☁️
Here’s to hoping that the inside of this book matches its cover. ✨🤞🏻💫

// buddy read with a Goodreads-deserter

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Fadwa (Word Wonders)

am not okay.

I really am not okay.

This book was absolutely stunning and it broke me. I really do not have the words right now to form coherent sentences and express how much it means to me.

Review to come when can pick myself off the floor.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
I received ARC in exchange for an honest review,

Full review posted

I just arrived back home after a long trip and I have the feeling that I have already forgotten how to write a decent review, so please don’t hate me if this review ends up being a mess. (I have only one free week left before college starts and I’m not feeling ready enough).
Mirage is one of those books that since the first time you hea
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-release
Ahh, this book. Loved it so much!
i didn't know how much i needed this in my life
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

I've given this some thought and while I enjoyed this book, I didn't really love or really like it, so 3 stars it is. Daud's lyrical writing is beautiful, but the plot was a bit lacking in this one.

This very much reminded me of if Queen Amildala's body double in Star Wars Episode 1 had a body double. It's almost like the author watched that movie and decided to give her a story but with much better characters and world building.

I'm glad I read it but wouldn't read any future books in
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Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Like most writers, she started when she was young and never really stopped. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Poli ...more

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