Sometimes we are lucky enough to read a book that can take over our entire being. Sometimes books speak to us in ways we can only imagine and create the perfect picture in our minds. They take us away from our lives and allow us to dive into a getaway for just long enough that we forget where we really are.
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.
This book came to me in one of the fairyloot boxes. I decided one day that I was fed up of reading from my kindle and needed to pick up a hardback. Little did I know that I would pick up a smart, fast-faced, heart-breaking, incredible story.
I love the way this book weaves in cultural details into everything within this story without being too in your face about it. There is so much this book had going for it that if I listed it all you’d be here reading my list for days instead of being captivated by this book.
It's a sci-fi that feels like a fantasy, in all the right ways and makes you love all the characters, even if you hate them a little bit too. Definitely one to pick up and devour!