Title: Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Synopsis: 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 have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I enjoyed it and on the other hand I was left confused.
What I did enjoy most was the character development. The main male character Akos to me went through the most changes, come to the end of the book. He started off as a timid child who would blush at the drop of a hat, to watching his father die at the hands of Shotet solider. To becoming a man who would risk his own life for those he loves. He learned how to blend in with his “captures” to survive but never forgetting his true roots where he came from. Now as for the female lead Cyra all her ups and down sent me kind of on a tail spin. From her self loathing to the her caring side. I couldn’t deiced what part of I liked more. And just like Akos, she went through changes to find her “true” self. That she was more then just her currentgift. And what the gossip had made her out to be. And even though it takes a while for some of not all of her former self to fall away.
I also really enjoyed the way the author weaved their romantic interest into the story without it being over whelming. In my head I kept referring to them as the modern day, futuristic, out of this world Romeo and Juliet, feelings that they have for each other didn’t start to develop until later in the story. With so much stacked against them, it took awhile for them to figure that out.
Even the secondary character drew me into the story. Both brothers of Akos and Cyra had a lot to do with how they developed. Both would do anything for their brothers,at a great personal cost to themselves. Where one is will to risk their own life while the other is willing to kill. They both have to learn that at point when do they survive for themselves, while still living for what they believe in.
What left me confused was trying to figure out who the third person point of view belonged to in Akos P.O.V chapters. Now it is no secrete that I love, love, love multiple points of view. But when it comes to third person I like to know who the voice belongs to by the end of the book. I have my theories who it may or may not belong to. And another character was added to the list at the end of the book. So hopefully my thoughts on who is speaking in third person is reveled in the forth coming books in this series.
I am going to recommend Carve the Mark to both fans of the Divergent series and to readers who have not read the series. And for those who are looking for a new world(s)to dive into.