Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books/HarperCollins
Pub. Date: Jan. 17, 2017
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Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.
Hey, guys! So before I get into the written part of the review . . . I STARTED A YOUTUBE! In fact, my first video, a review of Carve the Mark, is up now! If you want to check that out, here it is!
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NOTE: One of my favorite things about this book is how it tackles themes of overcoming prejudice. However, some readers have found aspects of this book to be problematic, so please keep that in mind if you're considering reading it :) Here are some links with information regarding the issues in this book:
After reading Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, I was incredibly hesitant to pick up Carve the Mark. In fact, this book sat on my shelf for a couple of weeks before I decided to read it, and as soon as I did, I couldn't put it down. If you combine Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi with Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, with a sprinkling of Divergent, then you would get Carve the Mark. I wasn't in love with the dual POVs, and the world building needs more work, but all in all, I really enjoyed this book. Most importantly, there is a swoon-worthy ship coupled with a fast-paced plot, filled with constant twists and turns.
The fact that I loved this book so much makes me kind of concerned though, because this is duology, meaning that Roth still has time to break my heart, just like she did with Allegiant . . . but, it's too late for me.
This book was great, and I think that most Divergent lovers will think so too.
2) I truly loved the growth and progression of the romance between Akos and Cyra. Generally, when you have a book with dual girl/guy POVs, you already know that (surprise, surprise) they are going to become a couple. However, I was happy and impressed with how their relationship developed. These two didn't just see each other and just *boom* FALL MADLY IN LOVE. They actually were conflicted, struggled with how they should feel, and had multiple hurdles to overcome before they ultimately began to realize how much they cared for one another.
3) If you ever need tips on how to torture anyone physically or mentally, go to Veronica Roth because . . .
She has NO problem putting her characters through a ton of pain and turmoil . . . and I loved it! The stakes in this book were extremely high and it put me through an emotional rollercoaster.
4) Sibling relationships play a huge role in Carve the Mark, and it's great! Anyone who has siblings knows that these relationships are extremely complicated, regardless of whether the relationships are good, bad, or somewhere in-between. I love how much Roth plays with sibling dynamics.
Note: The spaceships/planes in this book are called "floaters." Now maybe I'm just weird, but as soon as I read, that all I could imagine was that the characters were traveling in flying poops.
2) As I previously mentioned, Carve the Mark is told in alternating dual POVs of Akos and Cyra. Although their separate POVs offered a broader picture of the plot, the characters' backgrounds, and their interactions, Akos and Cyra's voices sound much too similar. The main difference between their POVs is that Akos' sections are written in third person, and Cyra's are in first person. For me, that wasn't enough to separate the voices, and if anything, it made the story feel disorienting.