Carve the Mark

Veronica Roth
Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?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 from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, 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. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-05-01

The enemies-turned-lovers story is compelling, sure sure sure, but it's hard to stomach this story in today's political climate. With the ideas being that oh, if only captives were nice to oppressors, then they can be turned. The simultaneously oppressed and oppressing is a dark-skinned, semi-backward peoples. Come on, Roth, you can do better than that. Defeating your enemies with kindness only works when they know they're wrong, and therefore do not want to be evil. This is generally now how it works.

 

Enough twists and turns in there to keep you gripped throughout. They all have stupid names. I'm glad it is addressed that Eijah and Ryzek (spelling, idk, I listened to the audiobook for most of this) sort of become each other, though I am annoyed that characters who are not them don't seem to get it. (They will acknowledge that Eijah is becoming a different person by trading memories with Ryzek, but don't acknowledge how Ryzek taking those memories means he should also change, too, and at least theoretically be kinder. Doesn't really make sense.)

Anyway. It's Veronica Roth exploring the things that plague Veronica Roth, clearly as a young religious white person: How does segregation work (a la factions in Divergent) and how do people fall in love in grueling circumstances?

Reviewed: 2017-04-12
It was a very moist read ~Jayden
Reviewed: 2016-12-30
Review coming soon
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