Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

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Title: Carve The Mark

Author: Veronica Roth

Published: 01/17/2017

Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Young Adult

Stars: 3.5                                  Content Rating: 3

Cover: 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.
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?

*****
“Maybe I could change. Maybe I was changing, just by believe I could.”

This book came out in January and I have been looking forward to it. There has been a lot of hype about it. I read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth as well and I LOVED them. I have heard nothing but good things about Carve The Mark.

On planet Thuvhe there are two nations. The Thuvhe and Shotet. They are separated by the “divide” and are enemies. This planet has a very harsh environment. Thuvhe is the recognized nation where as Shotet are not. The Shotet people want to be recognized and in their rulers eyes that means they have to overtake Thuvhe. Everyone is this galaxy has a gift. It is called the current gift.  Some are really amazing while others are not. Reminded me a little bit of the mutants in X-Men. When you come of age your current gift presents itself. There are also Oracles. One that is old, one that is THEE Oracle and then one that is rising. They see the fates. There are 3 families on Thuvhe that are “fated families” and all of their fates seem to be intertwined. They all want to change their fates, but can they? I was very impressed with how the author makes you think that maybe they can. How you see their fates come into being and also want it to change. They are fated. No one can change their fate.. so then you think you can guess how it is all going to come about. I didn’t realize this was going to be a series. When I saw I only had about 100 pages left I was freaking out that I wouldn’t know the ending. I enjoyed this book. I will say that after all the hype I was a little disappointed. I felt like it should have been more somehow? Which is silly because I really like the characters and the story line and I will definitely read the next one because I HAVE to know how it all comes together.

Akos is brave. He learns how to be strong. He has made promises he intends to keep. He gets taken from his home and is taught how to fight. He is good with brewing medicines and poisons. He has one goal in mind and can not give up on it.

Cyra is a girl that gets twisted up doing her brother’s dirty work. She can cause pain just by touch but she also feels the same pain. Ryzek uses her and she lets him. Till Akos current gift helps her not feel the pain. She decides that maybe its time to fight back.

Eijeh is Akos brother who as also taken because his current gift is an oracle. Ryzek wants to use him to alter his own fate.

Ryzek was raised into the Noavek dynasty to believe he HAS to over take Thuvhe and claim total dominance of the planet. However his fate says that he will fail. He will stop at nothing to change his fate.

Obviously there is so much more but I don’t like giving things away so you will just have to read it and find out for yourselves! Can they change their fates?

xoxo,

whit

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