Mirage (Mirage, #1) by Somaiya Daud

Mirage (Mirage, #1)

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 sec...

Details Mirage (Mirage, #1)

TitleMirage (Mirage, #1)
Release DateAug 28th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction

Reviews Mirage (Mirage, #1)

  • Emily May
    “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 fan...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    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 one...
  • 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 jus...
  • Melanie
    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 l...
  • Sabaa Tahir
    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 abso...
  • Lola
    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. Intensity.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...
  • 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, relea...
  • 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! AWESOME GOODIES LINKI 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 f...
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book PrescriptionActual 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 nov...
  • jessica
    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 centre...
  • may ❀
    THIS WAS REALLY GOOD YOU GUYS IM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOWi 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...
  • Vibur
    This resonated with me in ways I didn't expect.At its core, Mirage was a story about culture—it was the main thread pulling the plot together, a thread that also wove through the fabric of the characters.Surprisingly, I empathised the most with Idris, who struggled with the loss of his heritage language, who was forced to shed his culture and embrace another. And I adored the burgeoning relationship between Amani and Maram—two individuals who...
  • Beth
    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...
  • Christian
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
    giveaway for a copy of Mirage + free wallpaper download! "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 inten...
  • Carrie
    Mirage by Somaiya Daud is the first book of the new young adult romantic science fiction fantasy series by the same name. Eighteen year oldAmani 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 scanAmani they find something within her that causes her capture and to be whisked away from her home. The nextAmani knows she is meetingPrincess Maram and finds she is starin...
  • ambsreads
    Buddy Reading this with my favourite Chris Hemsworth loverThank 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 MY REVIEW FOR MIRAGE...
  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    I..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.
  • Benjamin (The Maniac)
    I received ARC in exchange for an honest review, Full review postedI 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 i...
  • rachel ☾
    i didn't know how much i needed this in my life
  • a n i s s a
    Ahh, this book. Loved it so much!
  • 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...
  • ☾ h a d e e r ☽
    Okay. To preface: this is not a bad book. This is a good book. In some ways, in fact, it's great. I just want to stress this because my review might seem overly critical, but most of my reasons are really all about me and my tastes, which seem to be changing. So what is this book about? Well, the Goodreads summary does a pretty good job explaining about 50% of the book (which is part of the problem, but I'll get to it later). So, Amani is Princes...