Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark

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...

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Title:Carve the Mark
Author:Veronica Roth
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ISBN:0062348639
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:468 pages

Carve the Mark Reviews

  • Wendy Darling
    Oct 14, 2016

    Okay, I'll say this: V.Roth has certainly ratcheted up the chemistry in her books. If you liked

    , I think you'll probably like this.

    My favorite things about it:

    -- reversal in traditional gender roles (he's very gentle, she's the hardened weapon)

    -- Cyra's conflict with her conscience

    -- the way the book, set in space, still feels organic and textured. That's an atypical choice for scifi and I LIKE it.

    Things I think could've helped make it better:

    -- further editing, especially for length,

    Okay, I'll say this: V.Roth has certainly ratcheted up the chemistry in her books. If you liked

    , I think you'll probably like this.

    My favorite things about it:

    -- reversal in traditional gender roles (he's very gentle, she's the hardened weapon)

    -- Cyra's conflict with her conscience

    -- the way the book, set in space, still feels organic and textured. That's an atypical choice for scifi and I LIKE it.

    Things I think could've helped make it better:

    -- further editing, especially for length, clarity, and deeper exploration of ideas

    -- making the villain more complex

    -- varying the names! You guys know it drives me crazy when names sound the same, especially when there are a lot of them thrown at you when you're trying to remember who everybody is. If you're a more patient SFF reader than I am, this won't matter to you as much, but this hang-up made it difficult for me.

    My full spoiler-free review is up on the blog:

    But I enjoyed the book overall, and I found some of the lines really lovely--I think the author's writing has developed notably since her debut. And, ahem, there are some really nice kisses in it. :D

  • Emily May
    Dec 08, 2016

    1 1/2 stars. Just.... soooo sloooowwww.

    Let's be honest, I actually liked

    for what it was - a fast-paced, exciting YA adventure that demanded very little of me. Sure, a lot of the world made absolutely no sense, and I still find that whole "I'm Dauntless so I jump off moving trains" thing so ridiculously laughable, but I found it really entertaining. In this book, though,

    .

    It's set in space, and I've heard other reviewers tal

    1 1/2 stars. Just.... soooo sloooowwww.

    Let's be honest, I actually liked

    for what it was - a fast-paced, exciting YA adventure that demanded very little of me. Sure, a lot of the world made absolutely no sense, and I still find that whole "I'm Dauntless so I jump off moving trains" thing so ridiculously laughable, but I found it really entertaining. In this book, though,

    .

    It's set in space, and I've heard other reviewers talking positively about how it doesn't

    like it's in space, so maybe that will also seem like a positive for you, but I felt like this story could have been set literally anywhere. The world-building was lacking and the space aspect left undeveloped. Why even bother setting it in space if you're not going to make the most of that? Though I guess there's a definite possibility that the second book will reveal that the characters have actually been in Brooklyn all along, tripping on acid. So, there's that.

    The story is set on a distant planet where people develop unique powers known as currentgifts, bestowed by a magical current that runs through the galaxy. Most people find their gifts useful, but to some people - like Akos and Cyra - the gifts can be a burden, and a means by which others can use them for their own gains. Cyra's violent and evil brother is the ruler of the Shotet and he uses Cyra's power - the power to deliver intense pain - to further his plans and torture his enemies.

    Akos, on the other hand, is one of the gentle Thuvhe people.

    opens with Shotet soldiers murdering Akos's father and capturing him and his younger brother. What happens next is a very long bit of filler about Akos's time in the Shotet soldier camp, honing his fighting skills and chatting with Cyra about their countries, their powers, or just their favourite colours. I was more than halfway through and wondering when something was going to happen.

    . The characters themselves were not interesting enough. If I wasn't wary of the backlash I would get from writing a DNF review, I would have put it aside. The action occasionally picks up but it's not the start of a change of pace; it quickly dies down again. I felt like something happened once every hundred pages.

    And it's not so easy to mask the simplicity, the lack of creativity, in Roth's latest work.

    had just enough quirks to make it stand out against the odds - the use of factions an exciting reminder of Hogwarts' houses for old Potterheads, and a new personality quiz for younger readers. Even those feeling underwhelmed were quick to take a faction quiz to see where they fell (Candor - thanks for asking!).

    What does

    have to make it stand out? I honestly don't have an answer.

    The world is very simplistic. The Xmen-like powers are nothing we haven't seen before hundreds of times. The politics are uninteresting and the villain is mindlessly evil without any depth or development.

    I said in a status update that there had been some confusion over the physical descriptions of the characters - that the violent savages are actually described as "so pale he looked almost like a corpse" and the pacifist Thuvhe people have "light brown skin" and "dense, curly hair" - but the reality is only marginally better than the rumours. Having a violently savage race vs. a gentle race without it being adequately addressed is arguably always problematic; it arguably always has troubling real-world connotations. And, even if you disagree with that assessment, at best it's just plain lazy.

    A hard slog and utterly forgettable.

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  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    Nov 03, 2016

    As some of you may or may not know, there has been A LOT of controversy surrounding Carve the Mark regarding racism and disrespect towards individuals who suffer from chronic illnesses.

    During my reading experience, I didn't pick up on those issues that were mentioned or may have interpreted it differently in my head that caused me to look past the harmful content, but I do acknowledge that others have been hurt by Veronica Roth's words and that is entirely unacceptable. I have the utmost respect

    As some of you may or may not know, there has been A LOT of controversy surrounding Carve the Mark regarding racism and disrespect towards individuals who suffer from chronic illnesses.

    During my reading experience, I didn't pick up on those issues that were mentioned or may have interpreted it differently in my head that caused me to look past the harmful content, but I do acknowledge that others have been hurt by Veronica Roth's words and that is entirely unacceptable. I have the utmost respect for the people of this community and the last thing I would ever want to do is support the hurting of people that I consider my friends. And I apologize for overlooking any harmful representation of my fellow POC and friends and individuals who suffer from chronic pain.

    I will leave my original and unedited review under a spoiler tag below if anyone would still want to read what I initially thought of the book. No matter what was originally said in this review, no matter how much I thought this book was "great", I firmly believe that it is impossible for me to truly enjoy a book knowing that it can be potentially harmful to others and I will NOT be supporting or promoting this book any longer. I also urge others to look up the issues that have been circulating this book if you are unaware and reconsider whether or not you want to take the time to read this book.

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  • Raeleen Lemay
    Oct 17, 2016

    It's release day, so I can finally talk about my dislike for this book! It's been a few months since I read it, so my feelings (and outrage) are no longer super fresh, but I'll do my best.

    I found this book to be SOOO boring and difficult to read, what with the ridiculous character names and dull plot. I had tons of issues with the plot and pacing when I was reading the book, and I really had to force myself to pick it up. The characters were also completely one dimensional and a bore to read abo

    It's release day, so I can finally talk about my dislike for this book! It's been a few months since I read it, so my feelings (and outrage) are no longer super fresh, but I'll do my best.

    I found this book to be SOOO boring and difficult to read, what with the ridiculous character names and dull plot. I had tons of issues with the plot and pacing when I was reading the book, and I really had to force myself to pick it up. The characters were also completely one dimensional and a bore to read about, so really I couldn't find anything to like about the book.

    With those issues on top of all of the problematic aspects of the story that tons of people have brought up, I have no issues with giving this book 1 star.

  • Riley
    Nov 15, 2016

    OK FINALLY I CAN TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK.

    Before I get into it I want to say I learned a big lesson when it comes to sponsored reviews. I was approached to do a sponsored review of this book and at the time my only thoughts were "hell yeah"

    I was planning on reading the book anyways so why not be paid. The contract I had to sign seemed pretty simple, don't spoil things in the book and don't give the book to anyone. Then I read the book. I contacted Harper letting them know that my review would not be

    OK FINALLY I CAN TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK.

    Before I get into it I want to say I learned a big lesson when it comes to sponsored reviews. I was approached to do a sponsored review of this book and at the time my only thoughts were "hell yeah"

    I was planning on reading the book anyways so why not be paid. The contract I had to sign seemed pretty simple, don't spoil things in the book and don't give the book to anyone. Then I read the book. I contacted Harper letting them know that my review would not be favorable and I would be raising concerns I had over what I viewed as racist stereotypes. Then I heard nothing back....for weeks. Until about 3 weeks later I got an email saying my sponsorship had been dissolved and that per my contract I could not talk about the book until it's release. Which is now, so you better believe I have thoughts.

    *I want to make a note here because some people are confused. This was not standard practice for a sponsored review. I have never seen or heard of a publisher dissolving a partnership with a booktuber because they didn't like the review. Which is why I am still very shocked this happened.*

    But now instead of telling you why this book is racist, as there are better voices, I will direct you to Justina Ireland who has spoken out about this book -

    What I want to address is the ableism. Recently Veronica Roth did an interview with NPR where they discussed how the current gifts in CtM were inspired by chronic pain. The interviewer says that chronic pain can be a gift, to which Roth agrees and goes on to say that part of the book is Cyra figuring out why her and others are worthy of pain.

    * note that Roth has said she herself has chronic pain*

    This to me was so upsetting. I have lived with chronic pain now for 7 years. It is something that has taken over my life and caused a lot of harm. Some days it is so bad I can barely sit up, let alone get out of bed. And to see someone equate it with a gift or say people are worthy of it makes me feel sick. Whether or not Roth has chronic pain herself, I am not one to say she is lying, that does not take away the harm. It is not a magical shield to be pulled out when you've hurt people.

    twitter threads re: chronic pain

    At this point I don't even care to do a real review of this book. I want to put it behind me and never touch on it again.

  • Christine Riccio
    Nov 17, 2016

    I thoroughly enjoyed Carve the Mark! It was so different from Divergent, veering way more into the realm of sci-fi and fantasy. The new world Veronica created is so intricate and fascinating to read about, I can't wait to explore it more in the second book! And then of course we have my favorite part of the book: the characters. This is really a character driven novel and those are always my favorite. I just posted my interview with Veronica on my youtube channel (polandbananasbooks) and a bookt

    I thoroughly enjoyed Carve the Mark! It was so different from Divergent, veering way more into the realm of sci-fi and fantasy. The new world Veronica created is so intricate and fascinating to read about, I can't wait to explore it more in the second book! And then of course we have my favorite part of the book: the characters. This is really a character driven novel and those are always my favorite. I just posted my interview with Veronica on my youtube channel (polandbananasbooks) and a booktalk will go up after Carve the Mark is released =D

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    Nov 05, 2016

    I received this book from the publisher, HarperCollins, who sponsored me to share an honest review. Check out my spoiler-free video here:

    I didn’t really know what to expect going into this as I couldn’t quite get a grasp on the story from the synopsis, but I ended up enjoying this SO MUCH. It’s set in a very different world, so at first it was a bit confusing, but once I got settled into the story, I could not put this book down!

    The world is fascinating,

    I received this book from the publisher, HarperCollins, who sponsored me to share an honest review. Check out my spoiler-free video here:

    I didn’t really know what to expect going into this as I couldn’t quite get a grasp on the story from the synopsis, but I ended up enjoying this SO MUCH. It’s set in a very different world, so at first it was a bit confusing, but once I got settled into the story, I could not put this book down!

    The world is fascinating, and I loved learning about all the different cultures and histories and politics. The two main characters were fantastic, and both of their situations were really compelling. I appreciated that Cyra and Akos were smart and admirable yet still had their flaws. There’s also a lot of line blurring when it comes to bad and good, and I love it when stories/characters get morally ambiguous.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this. There is a bit of learning curve to get into the world and I still have some lingering questions/confusion, but I was utterly captivated by this book and I am very much anticipating the next one!

    If you’re in the mood for a sci-fi/fantasy with a fascinating world and great characters and a story that plays around with fate and destiny, this book should definitely be on your radar!

  • Regan
    Nov 07, 2016

    Carve the Mark Non-Spoiler Review

    This review is being sponsored by HarperCollins, however, all opinions stated are my own! Also, check out my video review of this on my YouTube Channel!

    Characters:

    I would definitely describe this novel as character driven, and the two main character perspectives were by far my favorite part of this book. Both Cyra and Akos were wonderful to read from. I thought they were very authentic and honest characters and I rooted for them throughout the entire story. They

    Carve the Mark Non-Spoiler Review

    This review is being sponsored by HarperCollins, however, all opinions stated are my own! Also, check out my video review of this on my YouTube Channel!

    Characters:

    I would definitely describe this novel as character driven, and the two main character perspectives were by far my favorite part of this book. Both Cyra and Akos were wonderful to read from. I thought they were very authentic and honest characters and I rooted for them throughout the entire story. They were not cut and dry, but rather dynamic -- they had their own personal demons and had to battle and grow from them. I also found their relationship to be very balanced, they both brought different things that benefitted each other in a very nice way.

    The world:

    The sci-fi world that Veronica Roth created was very interesting. I really enjoyed reading about all the different places, politics, and cultures that existed within the galaxy. Plus space travel is just awesome. That being said, I do feel that the world could have been fleshed out a little better, I sometimes found myself either wanting more (because something was so interesting) or confused.

    Plot:

    While characters and dialogue drives this story, there still is a lot of action. Don't want to ruin anything because I think you should def pick this up, but the last 100 pages was one roller-coaster ride. MAN.

    Overall:

    I really enjoyed this book! I found myself deeply invested in the story and the characters. Veronica Roth crafted a very interesting duel perspective sci-fi tale, that kept me turning the pages faster and faster. 4/5 stars from me!

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    Nov 11, 2016

    *I want to note that this book has problematic issues within it that I didn't pick up on while first reading it. Learn more about these issues here:

    I'm sorry that I didn't recognize these issues. I'm listening and learning and will strive to do better in the future.

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    This review is sponsored by harpercollins, but know that all thoughts are my own. My full video review can be found here:

    I really enjoyed this! I honestly we

    *I want to note that this book has problematic issues within it that I didn't pick up on while first reading it. Learn more about these issues here:

    I'm sorry that I didn't recognize these issues. I'm listening and learning and will strive to do better in the future.

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    This review is sponsored by harpercollins, but know that all thoughts are my own. My full video review can be found here:

    I really enjoyed this! I honestly went into it not knowing what to expect and left it feeling really satisfied and eagerly wanting to get my hands on the sequel. I guess I’ll have to be patient though, considering this book doesn’t come out till January 17th, so it’ll be awhile before we get the second book. I adored the characters. In my opinion this is a very character driven story and I loved that about it. You can have a great plot, but if your characters don’t stand out to me, then I might not end up enjoying the book. While the world was rich in detail, I did feel like I needed more information about it. You’re kind of thrust into it and given bits and pieces of world building throughout the story. I kind of left the story a bit confused about certain aspects of the world, but I hope that the second book will fill in some gaps for me. I also didn’t massively love the way the two different perspectives were written. She changes back and forth between first and third person. I wish she would’ve stuck with one style and ditched the other. With that being said though, I still enjoyed this story! I loved the characters, the world, and the plot. All in all it was a great read and like I said, I’m excited to get my hands on the sequel.

  • Sasha Alsberg
    Nov 16, 2016

    Carve the Mark is an epic space opera with strong, empowering characters that i ended up really enjoying!

    I really enjoyed the storyline and how science fiction melded into fantasy in such a fluid, understandable way. The characters were actually my favorite part, Cyra and Akos were quite interesting. Their storylines were very unique and gripping, pulling me in from the very first chapter. I was gripping my seat, excited for what was to come. At the end i was literally gasping for more!

    This revi

    Carve the Mark is an epic space opera with strong, empowering characters that i ended up really enjoying!

    I really enjoyed the storyline and how science fiction melded into fantasy in such a fluid, understandable way. The characters were actually my favorite part, Cyra and Akos were quite interesting. Their storylines were very unique and gripping, pulling me in from the very first chapter. I was gripping my seat, excited for what was to come. At the end i was literally gasping for more!

    This review is sponsored by Harper Collins, all thoughts are my own! Review is also up on my channel here: