“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
“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 ...more
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 ...more
I know I just gave you a re ...more
ARC provided by Flatiron in exchange for an honest review.
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“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 ...more
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 ...more
The crown of Dihya had been stripped from me, my...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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 ...more
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 ...more
I'll admit that the action was lacking and the pacing languorously slow. 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 o ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more