Title: Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series Status: 1st book in the Carve the Mark series
Page Count: 468
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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 currentgift, 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 this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The 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.
Review: Before I begin my review, I would like to address something. Many people are giving negative reviews because of some controversy over this involving racism. Personally, I don’t give a flying shit. I don’t read a book and focus on any of the character’s skin colour and appearance. I don’t care if the main character is white, black, or a duck. I focus on the characters personality, and I advise everyone else to as well. I’m not getting into any of this racism controversy, I’m just here to read books and have a good time. Do not read any further if this has upset you, because I actually liked this book.
The only problem I had with this book was the pace. It took me so long to actually get into this, because it was just so slow. he first half of the book was probably the slowest and longest to get into. It isn’t until Akos is introduced to Cyra that it actually starts to get interesting.
Cyra and Akos made a great couple. I cannot express just how much I loved them together, and their relationship. I loved both characters separately, but when they were together it was beautiful.
I was extremely hesitant to read this book, considering how much I disliked the Divergent series, but this was good. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that this was not full of the idiocy that plagued Roth’s other series.
I liked the world building, and the idea of everyone having a currentgift. That part was both interesting and fascinating.
Honestly, I don’t have much to say about this other than it was entertaining. I had a good time reading it, whenever it wasn’t taking forever for anything interesting to actually happen.
Overall, this was a really good book that I had a fun time reading.
I give this 4/5 books and would recommend it to fans of fantasy and science-fiction.
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