It’s time for our first Unapologetically Muslim readathon!
The amount of love this challenge has gotten just means the absolute world. I’ve been feeling so soft since I announced it. I’m so excited to be sharing this with all of you! I made a poll with some book choices on Twitter yesterday and the results are finally in! Mirage by Somaiya Daud will be our pick for April. Keep reading to find out more about the book!
About the book
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.
So we’ll be starting the readathon on the 19th of April and it will last until the 27th. I’m hoping the page count for each day well be a good amount. I don’t want to stress everyone. We will be having very simple discussions on Twitter as well. I’ll be posting under the hashtag #Unapologeticallymuslim2020. I hope you’ll be joining me in this fun little adventure!