Carve the Mark: 1 Hardcover – 17 January 2017
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“The Divergent author builds out this new world—one reminiscent of Star Wars, with its discussions of ‘the current’ and ‘currentgifts’—while still presenting the stark brutality of the circumstances both protagonists find themselves in.” -- Entertainment Weekly
“Roth fans will rejoice at this new outing that focuses on themes familiar from her Divergent series: identity, individual versus social responsibilities, and ethical quandaries.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth’s fans.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“This duology offers shades of George Lucas sprawl and influence, Game of Thrones clan intrigue, and a little Romeo & Juliet-style romance. There are cliffhangers aplenty and dangling plot lines to lure us to the next book.” -- USA Today
“With her talent for action-packed plots and powerful characters, Roth’s latest is sure to be much talked-about all of 2017.” -- Brightly
“Roth’s worldbuilding is commendable; each nation is distinct, interacting with the current in ways that give insight into her characters’ motivations. Readers will eagerly await a second installment.” -- Publishers Weekly
From the Back Cover
In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.
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 the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual current-gift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. 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.
Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship—and love—in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.
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- ASIN : 0062348639
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (17 January 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062348630
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062348630
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Item Weight : 590 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 3.68 x 22.86 cm
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- #15,995 in Children's Action & Adventure
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The fate of Ryzek Noavek, the heir and future ruler of Thuvhe is already known; and when he does become the ruler; he takes a proactive action to prevent his own fate by kidnapping the Kereseth brothers – Akos and Eijeh.
It is, however Ryzek’s sister – Cyra Noavek – one of the protagonists of Carve The Mark – her current gift makes her an invaluable asset to Ryzek; but which has also made sure he erased any familial loyalty she might have had towards her own brother.
When her path crosses Akos; they form an uneasy alliance with each other; which slowly but surely, paves way to genuine respect and friendship.
The start of the book is fast paced and at times, gruesome as well. In fact, I was halfway through the book before I even realized it – yet after that the plot seemed to slow down; and it took me a while to get through the whole book. There is character growth, though, in the second part of the book – which made the second half of the book bearable.
The ending of the book is what made the whole journey quite worth it – and I am definitely going to enjoy reading the conclusion to this duology – The Fates Divide. Yet, with the way the first book was written, there is no urgency in me reading the next book; which though is a shame; for Ms. Roth has immense talent that has my respect & admiration.
The book ends without answering a lot of questions. It leaves you confused.
At some points, instead of being a sci-fi it becomes a typical love story, but I like how Cyra and Akos fall in love slowly slowly.
I was wishing a lil more action in a sci-fi, but ok.
To sum it all up, yes, the book is worth a read, but you might be sad that all your questions are not answered.
By Iram on 27 January 2018
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I did like the book but I found the story a bit distorted at times and there were far too many characters all with very unusual names for me to keep on track with what was happening, which resulted in me simply putting the book down and trying again at a later point.
What I did enjoy was Akos and Cyra's perspectives and the story of the two of them but I wanted more of this, I found everything was over described which took away from the reading flow.
The ending was a little disappointing as it didn't feel like an ending to a book at all, I assume this is to lead onto the next book but I haven't decided if I am going to carry on with the series. I think that says it all.
At first, I thought (as had bought this book by accident) 'oh, it's going to be another mock up of some terrible futuristic post-apocalyptic space adventure. And boy, was I wrong!
I loved how this story gave the characters backgrounds and begins. How we got to see them as they changed. However, I did get lost in some places and confusion made me put it away for another time, but it would suddenly click for me and I wanted to continue. But overall, I loved this book and it is definitely a must read for anyone that likes a good romance that means something and an emotionally packed rollercoaster. I get it 5 stars for a reason and am eagerly waiting for the next installment.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series but hope that the author does not drag the storyline out as a lot of young adult book writers tend to do.
I have no comments on the book itself, it might be good and it might not be. I didn't feel like reading it after reading the epilogue.