Book Review: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Title: Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 17, 2017)
Blurb: 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.
Comment: The story is set in a fictional world—a planet called Thuvhe or Urek that contains the Thuvhesit and Shotet people. They are enemies and the Shotet people want to rule the planet. After a prophecy, Cyra´s brother kidnaps Akos and his brother to change his fate.
Well, the plot is interesting. Unfortunately, the pacing of the book is a little slow—only the last chapters gets your attention and makes you want to read more. The descriptiveness of the author is great and transports you to Thuvhe and its fictional cities and habitats.
When I started the reading, it was difficult to understand the book. I had to stop and go to the glossary to figure out what was going on. I was happy there was a glossary, but it is a little annoying.
At the beginning, the characters aren´t complex, but as the story develops some secrets surface; they will be revealed in book #2, I guess.
The idea of romance between the Cyra and Akos gladdened me; it was predictable. The romantic scenes are a little awkward and aren´t as passionate as Tris and Four´s romantic scenes. Sometimes, it seems the romance has no future and their enmity is stronger than any other feeling.
The writing is fantastic. Veronica Roth knows how to use the words to describe a character, a place, and a scene—she has brilliant writing skills. The writing flows smoothly and is easy to read.
The lack of action disappointed me, even the fighting scenes aren´t exciting.
To finish, the cover is beautiful, the colors match perfectly, but the image isn´t related to the story. It transmits a different idea; Carve the Mark has a different meaning in the story.
I liked the book, but it didn´t meet my expectations. I expected more because I really loved the Divergent series.