Author: Somaiya Daud.
Publisher: Flatiron books.
Page count: 308.
Release day: August 8th 2018.
Genre: YA fantasy/sci-fi.
Rating: 2 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
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.
Honestly, this was quite disappointing..
The first 30 pages of this book were the best part of the book! I thought this book would be fantasy but it also had some sci-fi aspects, I really liked that! The prologue immediately grabbed my attention! I thought we would read this scene, and then read the build up to his moment. Which we kinda did, but I only realised when writing this review that the moment came back.. (Day after finishing). It obviously did not make a big impression on me. Within these 30 pages the kidnap happened as well, which was lots of action and quite impressive with space ships and droids and all.
But then the rest of the book is just her learning to act like the princess, and drinking the and walking around. And it was so boring. Like in the beginning they are still a bit mean towards her, but that’s not that bad and not that long.
There were some ‘rebels’ in this book and I would have loved to read more about them and have gotten more action from them. Most probably this will be bigger in the sequel.
Also the romance is sooo obvious and you see it as soon as his name is mentioned.. I hate that it is the most obvious love interest of the book.. Like she could have fallen in love with another character and it would have been way more interesting.
I’m not going to continue in this series, since I honestly don’t care what will, happen to the characters..
But to end on a positive note, I really enjoyed her writing and will definitely read something else by her! Also the map was really good! 🙂