Okay, so I had a rocky start to this book, because it reminded me of a few other books I recently read. And because of this I could not get into it. That being said, I think that I will come back and finish the book at a later time. There are some powerful and important themes, including hope in a disheartening reality. This is such an important theme in today’s world. Plus, Daud introduces a diverse perspective that is much needed in the YA genre. I would definitely recommend this book to readers that love a main character that perseveres and dreams despite the odds!
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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 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. 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.