Globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth delivers a breathtaking fantasy featuring an unusual friendship, an epic love story, and a galaxy-sweeping adventure.
#1 New York Times bestseller * Wall Street Journal bestseller * USA Today bestseller * #1 IndieBound bestseller
Praise for Carve the Mark:
“Roth skillfully weaves the careful world-building and intricate web of characters that distinguished Divergent.” —VOYA (starred review)
“Roth offers a richly imagined, often brutal world of political intrigue and adventure, with a slow-burning romance at its core.” —ALA Booklist
Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both.
When Akos and Cyra are caught in the middle of a raging rebellion, everything they’ve been led to believe about their world and themselves must be called into question. But fighting for what’s right might mean betraying their countries, their families, and each other.
When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Excellent news: Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth's hotly anticipated follow-up to her smash-hit Divergent trilogy, is everything her ardent fans could hope for, and then some. Set in outer space amid growing tensions between rival tribes and families, Roth's saga is a glorious mash-up of bloody battle scenes, sticky moral quandaries, and, we're happy to report, a pretty epic love story.
Roth (the Divergent series) returns with a gripping space opera about two individuals who share a planet but come from very different worlds. Cyra belongs to the ruling family of the Shotet, a people wrestling for planetary power against the gentle, prophetic Thuvhesit. Like all people, Cyra has a "currentgift" bestowed by the galactic current that connects all living things, but hers is darker than most: she lives in debilitating pain, eased only when she unleashes it on another a fearsome spectacle that her cruel, power-hungry brother often forces her to employ. Akos, raised among the Thuvhesit and kidnapped by the Shotet, has a similarly singular currentgift: his touch relieves Cyra of her pain. Forced together, the two become hesitant friends and unlikely allies as the simmering tension between their two nations reaches new heights. Roth's worldbuilding is commendable; each nation is distinct, interacting with the current in ways that give insight into her characters' motivations. Amid political machinations and forays into space, Roth thoughtfully addresses substantial issues, such as the power of self-determination in the face of fate. Readers will eagerly await a second installment. Ages 14 up.
WAY better than Divergent
It's a relief to finally have a Young Adult book that's more Adult than Young. This book does not shy away from death or violence, and can be rather brutal at times. The science fiction of it is also a welcome and refreshing break from the countless dystopian novels.
A trend that irritates me in many YA books is that there's always a lot of nothing happening. That's not the case here. Carve the Mark is very well paced, every chapter and scene has meaning and purpose to developing the characters and keeping the story moving forward.
I only have one complaint about this book: the last chapter should be removed.
Don't worry, I won't spoil anything.
The second to last chapter has a pretty significant ending, one the that would do a great job of leading you into the second book. And then you read the last chapter. It's not a bad ending in the way you might be thinking, it's humble and heart warming and gives you a sense of camaraderie amongst the characters. Sounds good, but not when it comes AFTER what would've made for a great ending, it completely downplays the events of the previous chapter as if they weren't that important. It felt like an ending to give you a sense of closure, but in doing so, makes you forget that you're only half way through the story.
It plateaued then cliff dived nowhere
500+ pages in and I started skipping then scrolling then I stopped. The beginning was very intriguing, setting up the scene and backstory of the main characters. Bit of a throwback to Divergent with some swift and edgy dialogue. And in the mix I was hoping for more insight into the love story part, but it never developed anything deep or serious. So after the spaceship journey for scavenging things I lost the intrigue from there. Trying to read the book was like: meeting someone new who has few but common interests with you and when you think you’re gonna get to know them better, you get introduced you to random people, and then more random people.
And where you thought you knew what was going on but then, bam - randomness happens. It got disjointed a lot in the middle and I can’t bring myself to finish the book.
LOVE THIS BOOK
I read this book at least 10 times. You know it’s a good book when you can read it multiple times. Some of my friends in 7th grade say that this book is for middle schoolers (even though I read it when I was ten), but if you are a VERY mature reader, READ THIS NOW!!! (Also, the book makes more sense when you read it a second time)👍