Author – Veronica Roth (Goodreads)
Published – January 17th 2017
Genre – Young Adult Fiction
Summary – 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.
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?
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Okay, guys, this is a harder review to write because I don’t like writing negative on a book. I like to like the books – you know!?
However, looking at the other reviews of Carve The Mark on goodreads, I found out I wasn’t alone in my opinion.
To sum up my thoughts: Carve The Mark was confusing. The first couple chapters didn’t make sense to me at all (and honestly I didn’t even bother to go back to reread them). Once Cyra and Akos crossed paths, the general plot started to make a little more sense. However, the “world” that they lived in wasn’t really explained. We know they have “currentgifts” but, for example, how does that energy relate to how their spaceships run?
I am not a reader who gets caught up on how magic works, how a spaceship runs, why they didn’t use X superpower, etc. I don’t overthink things like this; I just go along for the ride. But in Carve The Mark these things were a big part of the story.
There is so much that Veronica Roth could have done to make us understand the world a bit more…but for now I digress.
As far as the romance goes, I thought it was okay. I think this book can very much appeal to a young adult reader who doesn’t want much romance, if any at all. But there was enough connection there that it satisfied a reader like myself who wants at least a little. In the end, if there wasn’t some sort of like and respect between Cyra and Akos the story wouldn’t have really made much sense.
End of the day, if I were to put Carve The Mark‘s romance and character tension against other young adult books, I don’t think this book would even rank. So I would say it was just……eh.
So I also recorded a video review of Carve The Mark.
Carve The Mark was confusing.
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