- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (17 Jan. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008157820
- ISBN-13: 978-0008157821
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 4.1 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark 1) Hardcover – 17 Jan 2017
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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"
Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth s fans. --Kirkus Reviews"
"Brimming with plot twists and highly likely to please Roth's fans."--Kirkus Reviews
"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
"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 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)
"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 favoured 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.
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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. I thought there was an important plot hole surrounding the oracles, but if I try to explain it I think I might spoil too much of the story. There is also the issue of racism which is quite prominent in Carve the Mark - if you google this then you'll get a much better explanation than I can probably give.
I don't think I'll rush to by the sequel when it comes out. It was good, but nowhere near as good as Divergent. It took me a week to read it, and if I had enjoyed it a bit more then I would have flown through it a lot quicker.
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