Brutal fight scenes mixed with a little bit of drama, romance and a unique storyline that kept building up the suspense until the end, is what kept me hooked till the end. I can’t wait for the next part!
I have already read Roth’s previous books, “The Divergent Series” and they are one of my favorite series. But the plot of this book is much more different and is set in a completely different galaxy. This made the book even more compelling to me.
“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 his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.
Then 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?”
“Honor,” I said with a snort. “Honor has no place in survival.” “I didn’t choose the blood that runs in my veins, any more than you chose your fate. You and I, we’ve become what we are made to become…”
There are so many negative reviews about this book on Goodreads that this book contains racial content (the division of people by races), brutal scenes of torture etc. But I want to mention here that when I was reading the book I felt that the author, though showed the negativities of the world like racial discrimination, torture, pain then she also put the elements of positivity towards which the story progresses like bravery, fighting pain, justice, hope, friendship, love and so much more.
“Swirls of rich blue filled the glass. There were veins of lighter color, too, and almost-purple, and deep navy. The current stream was huge and bright and everywhere, everywhere. Like being wrapped up in the arms of a god.”
Although this is just her second series, what I’ve come to know about Verona Roth is that she creates a whole new world in her stories every time and she tries to portray positivity and bravery through her characters and story.
What I liked about Carve the Mark:
Firstly: The unique names of different planets, characters, flowers, styles of combats etc.
Secondly: the whole concept of the current stream and current gifts, especially the way Cyra’s current gift is described so deeply throughout the book in great detail.
Thirdly: There is this deeper meaning that is hidden behind this unique storyline which I felt that it somehow connects to our real world, about violence, torture, revenge, power, and war.
What I did not like: The concept of fate, that fate is already fixed for some people. I believe that we all create our own fates as we go along in life.
I would like to give one suggestion to my fellow readers. Please try and understand the deeper meaning of the story that the author is trying to give and do not jump into the negativities intently. Find the positives from the negatives. Also, enjoy a whole new world that is being created in the story.
I give this book 4 stars!
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