Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth


Title: Carve the Mark

AuthorVeronica Roth

Series: Carve the Mark #1

Genre: Young adult, science fiction, fantasy

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Publication Date: January 17, 2017

My Rating: 3 STARS


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.


“I am a Shotet. I am sharp as broken glass, and just as fragile. I tell lies better than I tell truths. I see all of the galaxy and never catch a glimpse of it.”

Let us be honest here, we all love Divergent in fact I have read the book 5 times already. But after what happened to Allegiant, I was a little wary going into this book. What gave me the courage to read this is because there’s been a lot of discussion about the harmful nature of this book in terms of racial stereotyping, but I don’t think that, that is the point of this review and also those things have already been mentioned by other reviewers who have been able to explain way way better than I could. So yeah.

Carve the Mark is the first book in hopefully a duology of the same name. It features dual POV of Cyra and Akos. This was what annoys me the most, when it comes to Cyra’s POV it was in first person which I enjoyed reading and then when it switched over to Akos it turned into third person which really irked me. I like the concept of current gifts. Reminded me of Tahere Mafi’s Shatter Me and ofcourse Star Wars. With regards to the story, it was slow. It was confusing, I was not able to connect and to remember what is happening until almost half of the book.

However, just to conclude, Carve the Mark still met my expectations of being a good read but I have to admit that this book absolutely lacked in some areas. I love Veronica Roth, and I really really like to love this book but I think the author tried too hard, I mean this is a simple plot, and all she had to do is add new twist to it.


3 thoughts on “Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

  1. I’m not good with slow, confusing books 😦 . I wanted to pick it up, but it would be a series, and I would need to invest a lot, not to mention the risk of not liking it…. so I believe I will wait for now 🙂

    That cover is stunning, though XD

    Great review!

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      1. Yeah, I will wait until all the series are out and see! 😀 . Sometimes, our favorite author just doesn’t write the book to our liking so I understand that feeling.

        Thank you for responding 🙂

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