Rating: 4 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.
Wow!! Definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. I won’t lie it took me a while to decide to read this book based on all the mixed reviews about it. And I am sure I will get some hate mail because of this review however, it is what it is, I really do hope you all can and will enjoy this review.
Where some people thought topic of pain was a very controversial topic, I thought a good friendship blossomed through it. I always like Veronica Roth’s writing, find her very descriptive in the places, people, events and emotions that she writes. And this book was no different, I felt every pain, heartache, arena fight that both Cyra and Akos went through and felt.
I loved the creativity of the new galaxies and planets and the currentgifts that she’s identified in the book. I do agree that the topic of chronic pain is hard to take, many have suffered from this myself included (SI Joint Injury), what I liked about it was that there was a solution offered for it. Because I know that pain can drive a person to do the unthinkable and become a shell of themselves. Until I was diagnosed I lived with my pain for couple of months, and when my chiropractor diagnosed me, there was no happier person in the whole world than me (believe me when I say this, I was so relieved).
Now before I give away the entire book and what happens in it, I’m going to say that I would recommend this book to those who can read it with an openmind. Also, Veronica (??!!) what kind of ending was that – holy can’t wait for the second book to come out.
Happy reading all!! 🙂