Title: Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Date of Publication: January 17th, 2017
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 current gift 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.
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?
First, I did this book as a buddy read with Sheila over at She’s Going Book Crazy. Seriously, check out her blog because she’s awesome! I didn’t know if I would like this book. I did like Roth’s book Divergent, but then the sequels progressively got worse. This one was just too slow for me—I couldn’t connect with the characters, and I didn’t really get the world. Also, I didn’t finish it, so maybe it go completely awesome—I don’t know!
One thing I will say is I’m not sure what all the hate was about. As a person who has chronic pain via migraines and a husband who deals with RA, I just didn’t get the hate over it. I thought the author dealt with the pain stuff well. I also didn’t really get the people that said there was racism? Again, a fictional book. People need to move on.
Roth does write well, but I just don’t fall in love with her characters as much as I want to. I would still recommend trying and reading it for yourself, because I have a lot of book friends who loved it!
Have you read this book?