Book Review, Fiction

Review: Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark Book Cover Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
Young Adult Fiction
Katherine Tegen Books
January 17, 2017


"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."

I wonder if it would be better just to call Carve the Mark ‘science fantasy’. It has spaceships and intergalactic travel, but it definitely has more of a fantasy flavour to it. All the characters have special powers called currant gifts, revering to a mystical power that connects the planets.

I liked this book very much. I haven’t read Veronica Roth before and did not know what I was going to get, but the cover lured me in.

There are two divided cultures on the planet where most of the story takes place. Off course they hate each other. The fierce warrior Shotet people and the softer farmers of Thuvhe. I was relieved to find that the Shotet wasn’t the token cruel and barbaric race. We get to explore their culture and see the art and the beauty in it. Cyra is a perfect example as she is a dangerous weapon, but also a kind hearted girl.

Just to point out: It’s not Romeo and Juliet. There is also a whole thing about prophecy and fate that lends a feeling of dread and frustration to the story.

Through the course of the book I became very fond of Cyra and Akos. Ryzek, the literal tyrant, is an excellent villain. He is really dislikeable. Especially how he uses his own current gift to get what he wants and how it affects people much deeper than a physical wound would.

There was some difficulty with character names. I can only remember the three I’ve mentioned already. The rest sort of blurred together. The ending was also very lukewarm. Clearly setting up for the next novel.

I have to add that the story reminded me a little of both This Savage Song and Vicious. I love those two books, so it makes sense that I would enjoy this one.


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