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Carve the Mark by [Roth, Veronica]
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"Roth skillfully weaves the careful world-building and intricate web of characters that distinguished Divergent, with settings that are rich with color, ripe for a cinematographer. Roth fans will cheer this new novel with its power to absorb the reader. Readers will be anxiously awaiting the sequel."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (starred review)

"Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans."--Kirkus Reviews

"Roth fans will rejoice at this new outing that focuses on themes familiar from her Divergent series: identity, individual versus social responsibilities, and ethical quandaries."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Roth offers a richly imagined, often-brutal world of political intrigue and adventure, with a slow-burning romance at its core. Roth's fans will be happily on board for the forthcoming sequel."--Booklist

"With her talent for action-packed plots and powerful characters, Roth's latest is sure to be much talked-about all of 2017."--Brightly.com

"Roth's worldbuilding is commendable; each nation is distinct, interacting with the current in ways that give insight into her characters' motivations. Readers will eagerly await a second installment."--Publishers Weekly

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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 current-gift, 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 his 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?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth's stunning portrayal of the power of friendship--and love--in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2911 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (17 Jan. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F7N055O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this book and am waiting patiently for the follow up
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Fantastic book, it kept me gripped from start to finish
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Carve the Mark is centred around two main characters, Cyra and Akos. Cyra's brother, Ryzek, is a tyrant who rules the country of Shotet, and uses her to torture his enemies because of her currentgift. Akos is the son of an oracle, and when he and his brother are kidnapped by Shotet soldiers, he vows to do anything to get them both out alive. He is forced to step in to help Cyra, who is having trouble controlling her currentgift, and if you've read any other YA novels where two characters from opposing sides are forced together, you can probably already tell what happens next.

One thing I can't deny that Veronica Roth is excellent at is world-building. The world she created in the Divergent series was very well thought out and the world in Carve the Mark is just as good. I didn't like the setting however, but I think that this was just because of the type of book that this is. I admit that I didn't know anything about this book before I started to read it - I just saw that it was written by Veronica Roth so I immediately bought it. If I'd read the blurb I probably wouldn't have been in such a rush to read it.

The characters in Carve the Mark were all quite well thought out, I thought. Cyra and Akos were both interesting protagonists coming to terms with their newly developed currentgifts. Ryzek was a good villain - I liked how his backstory was explored, and that him and Cyra used to be close when they were younger, but he was corrupted by his father so he could rule Shotet. On the other hand, I just thought that there were too many characters in the book to keep track of, and I had to keep checking back to see who was who.

Although I did enjoy this, the book is riddled with problems.
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By Sky on 16 Mar. 2017
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This book was amazing, I'm a little upset that we have to wait so long for a second one. The ending was a bit abrupt. But everything up until that last page was amazing, and beautiful and intense. There was so much action and romance and desperation. It was fantastic. Easily a new favourite.
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It took a while to get into this, but the underlying threads of pain and how to lean into it, to the waving of agency amidst the dark of authoritarian control is brilliant - a novel for our times, of how strong women can beat the small, over-puffed men who try to rule us.
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This book is great. I am a great fan of the Divergent series also by Veronica Roth and was very excited for the new book. It did not disappoint.
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This is a good book. I assume this is a series and would like to read the next one as I want to know what happens to the characters next
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Obviously picked this book up because I enjoyed the Divergent series and I think I like this one better!
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