Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark

Book - 2017
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Living on a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future, Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent gifts that render them vulnerable to others' control before they become unlikely survival partners.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062348630
Characteristics: 468 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Aug 03, 2018

Magical...very enjoyable read.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 28, 2018

When I don't write a review immediately, I like to go back and read some other reviews to refresh myself on character names, etc... It was obvious that this book had some problems at launch, re: the publisher paying for reviews, which resulted in a backlash of reviewers with one star reviews, going into detail of the problems they had with this book, often without even finishing it. I also find it interesting that many of these one star reviews had no problem with the Divergent books, while acknowledging that they were complete ripoffs of existing series.

So, let me tell you why this book is better than any of the Divergent books. One: it is original. Roth probably lost some fans here by writing an actual science-fiction book instead of a YA dystopia. Second: the "current gifts" of some of the main characters and how they are used are horrible. But they're supposed to be. Roth sets us up for the bigger question of how do we use our gifts and our faults? Can people change? Can a perceived fault actually give you strength? Finally, while the whole system of planets was well built, she outdoes herself with the planet with the recognized people of Thuvhe and the dispossessed people of the Shotet. While the Shotet are not recognized in the system, and are treated as scavengers at best, and an attacking horde at worst, it is only once we are inside their system and see it through the eyes of the Cyra and Akos (a kidnapped Thuvhesite) that we learn how rich and meaningful their culture is. It could easily be compared to modern politics with any group fighting for recognition that established countries treat as second-class humans. An excellent and meaningful read.

JanineA_OshLib Jun 19, 2018

Not quite what I thought, but I did enjoy the story and am looking forward to reading the conclusion.

ArapahoeSusanW Jun 06, 2018

A horrifically violent (for YA) offering from Veronica Roth, "Carve the Mark" is another book I read with mixed emotions. It's definitely readable but most remarkable for it's excessive gore.

Jun 04, 2018

I enjoyed the Divergent books by Mrs. Roth, so I thought I'd try Carve the Mark. It takes place in a fictitious galaxy (versus Earth in the Divergent series). The story was compelling enough to finish but, in the bigger picture, disappointing. One of the strengths is that it showed one of the main characters (Akos) seeing the good in another main character (Cyra) even when she didn't see it in herself- and the power of that belief. However, the ending left loose ends and the plot lacked biblical values. It is important for our youth to see strong male characters leading families, communities and relationships. And, the book promoted many relationships that are not healthy and holy. As a result, I would not recommend this book for adults and, certainly not, for teens. Teens need clear biblical principles to guide them.

Watermelody Apr 19, 2018

After getting through the first section which was a bit slow, I really enjoyed the themes and characters in Carve the Mark. Would recommend to teens/adults who enjoy fantasy and sci-fi.

Mar 14, 2018

I really enjoyed this considering it's a book set in space and I don't generally like those. I think it helped that the inhabitants were more human and it focused on them more than space travel. I felt some similarities to her other Divergent series, but I'm looking forward to book 2.

Feb 26, 2018

Carve the Mark is a science fiction young adult novel. By Veronica Roth, published on January 17, 2017. It is the first book in the duology. In a galaxy where some have had their fate foretold, everyone develops a currentgift, a power that’s as unique as their personality. Though some fates are certain, the future is always changing and it’s currentgifts that help form it. Akos and Cyra both live on the same planet and have currentgifts that make them vulnerable to others, but that’s where their similarities end. Akos comes from a nation of peaceful people and has a close relationship with his family. Cyra, however is from the nation of Shotet where mostly everyone is violent. Though her currentgift causes her pain every moment, it also gives her power over others. When Akos and his brother are captured by the Shotet, Akos must live with the people who took him from his family. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to free himself and his brother. Until then, he has to help Cyra by using his currentgift to ease hers. The closer Cyra and Akos get to each other, the more the have to decide between helping each other to survive or destroy each other. I would recommend this book for a 12 - 15 year old, as it’s a bit challenging since there are two made up languages sometimes spoken in this novel.

Jan 15, 2018

Carve the Mark started out a bit slow. But once I got to the main plot of the story, it took off. I enjoyed reading it. I have never read any of Roth's other books. But I have seen the Divergent Series, and really wasn't impressed. Carve the Mark gave me the impression of another favorite story of mine, The Red Queen. With a small bit of a twist. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel to this story.

samdog123 Dec 13, 2017

Cyra and Akos belong to different societies on their planet--she is Shotet, a fierce warring people, and he is from Thuvasete, a cold more peaceful part of the planet. When Akos is kidnapped and his family destroyed, he becomes a servant to Cyra, who is know as 'the scourge' due to her current power of inflicting pain. Together they realize what must be done to escape from Cyra's evil brother and how they can hope to resolve the differences between their peoples.

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spl_merley Jul 28, 2017

When the prophecy of his fate is broadcast to the universe Akos and his brother are captured and taken by the Shotet where they are enslaved by the Shotet leader who himself wants to overcome his own fated future. When Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the Shotet leader's sister and weapon, he is surprised by what he discovers about this monster. Wrestling with unexpected gifts and unavoidable fates two enemies find themselves working together to overcome the pain that they and their planet must face.


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