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 currentgift, 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 this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The 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.
Rating: 5 stars
Let me just start with the fact that I wasn’t a Veronica Roth fan after reading Divergent. I loved the series, but not EVERYTHING about it.
BUT THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING.
My favorite genre being sheer, unadulterated romance, I didn’t think I’d like a Sci-Fi book right now. But when I saw that beautiful map of a fictional galaxy on the very first page of Carve The Mark, I was sold.
Akos and Cyra stole my heart completely. Both of them had an amazing amount of character development throughout the book, and (maybe because I am fangirling too hard) I can’t find a flaw in them, or rather, can’t find a flaw that I don’t love and accept.
The pace was perfect, the world-building, which was CRUCIAL in this book, was flawlessly done. The visuals, as in Divergent, are very vivid in this book too. The point where I found out the reason for the name of this book; I think my parents thought I was going crazy the way I was jumping and squealing.
Veronica Roth also has a wonderful way of developing side characters without boring the reader. I want to keep this spoiler free, so that’s all I’ll say about this.
And the ending. We won’t talk about it. Somebody give me information about the next book in this series please.
Overall; I think this is a book you should DEFINITELY read if you are into YA. There’s romance, friendship, family bonding, and a whole new galaxy waiting for you.
And now that I have shown my appreciation, please excuse me while I sit in the corner and stare at the wall till the next book comes out.
~ Sreepurna 💙