Title: Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
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.
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?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts. Why did I get it?
I have never read a Veronica Roth book because I missed the Divergent train and this seemed to be one of the top 2017 books in YA. After seeing it painted all over everyone’s Bookstagram, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and pre-order it. The cover was gorgeous, the synopsis sounded promising, and there was a pre-order incentive, so why not? Exactly.
Why haven’t I read it yet?
I’ve seen so many mixed reviews for this book so I decided to put it on the back-burner for now. I don’t usually listen to negative reviews when it comes to reading books or watching various TV shows and movies, but I’m cautious about this one. Sci-Fi is not my go-to so I tend to tread that genre very carefully, and I just can’t bring myself to start this one just yet. I want it to be worth it, and I want it to live up to the hype, but I know that doesn’t happen for every single book so I’m temporarily avoiding potential disappointment. There is a sequel coming out, so it obviously made an impression, but I can’t do it…not yet.