Carve the Mark by Veronica RothCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark

byVeronica Roth

Hardcover | January 17, 2017

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Globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth delivers a breathtaking fantasy featuring an unusual friendship, an epic love story, and a galaxy-sweeping adventure.

#1 New York Times bestseller * Wall Street Journal bestseller * USA Today bestseller * #1 IndieBound bestseller

Praise for Carve the Mark:

“Roth skillfully weaves the careful world-building and intricate web of characters that distinguished Divergent.” —VOYA (starred review)

“Roth offers a richly imagined, often brutal world of political intrigue and adventure, with a slow-burning romance at its core.” —ALA Booklist

Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both.

When Akos and Cyra are caught in the middle of a raging rebellion, everything they’ve been led to believe about their world and themselves must be called into question. But fighting for what’s right might mean betraying their countries, their families, and each other.

When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?

And don't miss The Fates Divide, Veronica Roth's powerful follow-up novel!

Veronica Roth was born on August 19, 1988 in New York. She graduated from Northwestern University's creative writing program. She is a full-time author whose books include Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. Divergent was adapted into a movie in 2014. In 2015 Insurgent made The New York Time Best Seller List. She also wrote four short...
Title:Carve the MarkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.45 inPublished:January 17, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062348639

ISBN - 13:9780062348630


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing When I read the first 100 pages of this book, I wasn't really into it as it was kinda boring. But I read on fell in love with it. Can't wait for The Fates Divide!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Amazing I'll be honest, I didn't have high hopes going into this book. It ended up blowing me away. I fell in love with it quickly. It was completely different than I thought it would be. I've recommended it to so many people. Better than Divergent.
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope. There was nothing, nothing redeeming about this novel. I dnf'ed it twice, before forcing my way through, I regret not putting it down for good. Everything from the plot, to the action, to basic character development in this book is just muddled. The flow of the story was jagged, and I found the characters to be really unlikable, also the world building fell pretty flat. I've been disappointed with Roth's writing since the final book in the Divergent series, and this novel didn't do much to change my opinion.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Struggle to Finish How much I cared about this book: I dropped a crumb between the binding and I didn't even bother to get it out. Ugh, this was not how I wanted to start off my new year, but this was not a good read. And I'm almost relieved to see I'm not alone in that thinking. This was rough. It's been a long time since I've read the Divergent series, but I find now that Roth's writing is incomplete. There is no magic, no spark that other writers have to suck me in. The choice of words, the attempt to be raw and honest, fell short. This was a struggle to finish. Not only because it was so unnecessarily long, but because it was quite slow and boring. It was also really hard to follow. There were too many strange names of things, characters and places that didn't stand out, and I really had to fight to stay on top of the story. The plot itself was great, as was the idea of currentgifts, but it didn't deliver. What little literary magic there was got lost in rushed action scenes and drawn out moments of self-reflection. The alternating POVs were questionable too, with one character speaking in first person and the other in third person. And speaking of characters, I had little connection with either of them. Their thoughts became repetitive, their movements predictable. Someone died and I thought yadda yadda. That's a problem. Unless I can get my hands on a free copy from the library or a friend, I'm probably not going to read the second book. I'm curious, but I've got fifteen other books lined up that I know are going to be worth my time
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book was really good. I was in a really bad book hangover and this was perfect. The world building and the world in general was amazing
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Reading this took a bit of time but I liked the story
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it interesting concept but was a bit slow at some points
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't Great I had high expectations after Divergent and unfortunatley this didn't in any way hold up to those standards
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Cool Story When I first started reading the book I wasn't sure if I'd really enjoy it, but as I pressed on I found myself not being able to put the book down as I was so interested about the story between Akos and Cyra! Both of which are amazing characters!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING even though the beginning is a bit boring, I found that I couldn't take my eyes of the book for more than 2 seconds when the book got interesting. cyra is amazing, and she is good example of feminism
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it is okay this book is definitely interesting, but i feel like it could have been portrayed in a better way
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Not that exciting. I loved Divergent but it was quite bit of change and it was a pretty slow book but definitely try to finish the book if you can because the characters are really cool!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh A very slow start to the book. I found it was hard to read at the beginning with all the new concepts, names, and culture. Getting towards the end of the book it started to get easier to read and more enjoyable. Overall, the book was okay. I would read the next book in the series to find out what happens in the end, but I would not read the book a second time.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A slower start, but worth continuing I didn't immediately get into the story, but as it progressed, I found that I really enjoyed the characters. The relationship between the two main characters, Cyra and Akos, progresses in a very realistic fashion. The subject matter of the book provides a lot of material for discussion and analysis, making it a great choice for a book club.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay Not so good but not terrible either. A bit slow in spots.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from idk i didn't really like the divergent series, i thought this one might be better, but after reading it.... theyre both about the same. it's actually pretty similar in terms of world-building, character style, writing style. that basically means it's about the same style as divergent, nothing new or great. i wouldn't buy it because it's definitely not a book i would reread.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it This book was great, I was interested from beginning to end. I would be interested in seeing if this will be made into a sequel but based on the ending I am doubtful.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised! It had a slow start but I stuck through with it and was rewarded a couple chapters in as the plot started moving and I couldn't take my hands off of it. Those who like An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir would enjoy this good read.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I actually liked it When I started reading this book I realized something very quickly... it was very slow to build up. Regardless I stuck with it and was rewarded. The story itself is actually really good and the slow beginning helps really build the characters and the universe.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great It was very interesting but also confusing and slow at times
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Definitely a great read. I was interested in the characters and the whole universe.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from SLOW THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF A SLOW BOOK!!! Sometimes that can be okay but this book was not entertaining at all
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent writing, but slow Was difficult to really get into. Forced myself to finish. Great setting and characters, just a very slow read.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good although the character names were very difficult to pronounce
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was okay I will always love the authors work but this was just okay. Carve the mark was hard for me to read because i legit struggled to pronounce the characters names so i kept forgetting who was who. I kept trying to overlook the plot holes but it was often hard to ignore. A plus of the novel is if you like descriptive writing there is plenty of it in this book ( I'm a fan of that style) however if you don't like that style then this book will be hard to get into. All in all though it was a good book just a little hard to get into but once your in its pretty easy to keep reading.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from surprised at how much I liked it the first couple of chapters is boring but get through those for a great adventure and read!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did not live up to my expectations I had high hopes for this book because of all the praises it received and because it says Star Wars fan will love it but it had nothing to do with it. First of all, so many names are hard to pronounce. You just skip them to avoid having to try to pronounce them so in the end you forget who's who and what's what. Second, there's a lot of description that is useless. Also, a lot of action that has nothing to bring to the story's development. I can appreciate how much imagination the author has, but that's about it. I was really expecting a bang at the end of the novel, something to make my jaw drop. Unfortunately, the author didn't deliver. There's no big finale, and also no big cliffhanger. Some questions are left unanswered, but honestly, I wouldn't put myself through a sequel of this book just to get answers. I finished it just out of principle because I cannot bear not finishing a book that I started. This book was a big NO from me.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit disappointing I thought this was a bit disappointing novel, I didn't even finish reading the whole thing.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no horribly slow, worldbuilding was really shallow and i just felt it overall had a lot of plot holes. small and big ones. it was just bad. dont like.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read It was a good read, well written like all of Veronica Roth's books. However, it did not live up to its hype. The Divergent Series would still be considered my favorite by her.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good A good read but not one of Veronica Roth's best books.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Enjoy Veronica Roth books and was looking forward to reading. Not my favourite of her books but still a good read.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, having found it pretty difficult to get into the Divergent series. However, I found myself flying through it, loving Akos and Cyra more and more as it went on. Still, if Insurgent and Allegiant are anything to go by, I'm a little frightened about what's going to happen in the sequel, and if I'll like that one half as much as I enjoyed this. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This! I really enjoyed this book, the story was captivating and well told. I look forward to the next book!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good the book was good, i really liked the ideas that the book had
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start... The divergent series were definitely better. Although I did enjoy this book the further along I got, it took a while before I felt invested. The slow start was due to her describing this whole new world to the readers, so it's understandable why it takes a while for the action to kick in. I will continue to read the series and now that the foundation has been built, I'm hoping the next book will be more action packed. If you're patient, I think you could enjoy the book and the world she has yet again created.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the greatest Did not capture my attention like the Divergent series did. I found it slow, a little confusing at times. Overall, it is not a series I would consider continue reading.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NGL it's pretty bad The world building was terrible, did not feel immersed at all, The characters had little to no depth, did not feel attached, in fact I despised a few of them, and the majority I just didn't feel anything. I couldn't care less.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Swing and a miss! I so wanted to love this book but it just never got there for me. I found it slow at times and only the last few chapters grabbed my attention. This was definitely a swing and a miss for this author coming off the high of the Divergent series. The story falls short and just cannot compare to Divergent or even the Red Rising trilogy.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! I usually love Veronica Roth I pre-ordered this and I wish I could have gotten my money back. The characters were difficult to sympathize with. They felt wooden and not "real". The plot wasn't compelling enough to make up for the lack of energy in the writing. I'm super disappointed in this book. I expected so much from Veronica Roth...but even if this had been written by a first-time author, it would have been terrible. It was that bad. Don't bother with this one, or borrow it if you must read it.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable A well written book and a good adventure. I didn't enjoy it as much as Divergent but it was still a good read. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from :( i absolutely loved the divergent series by Veronica Roth and she easily became one of my favourite authors, however this book i found a little difficult to get through and i ended up not finihsing it. i always try to push through but this one was a little challenging. i think it was because im in school and its not my go to genre so i didnt love it like i wanted to. im definitely going to revisit it in the future because i did enjoy the parts i read i just didnt have time to love it
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just No. Basically every POC in this book was labelled as violent & don't get me started on the cutting. *roll eyes*. Just no.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favourite... This book wasn't my favourite by far. I was expecting something a lot better, especially coming from Veronica Roth. I understand that that's a bit prejudiced, but it's true. The book took forever to get interesting and the first bit was painful to read because it was written in the third person with no personal opinions, emotions, or feelings. Also, there was no point to the story until the end and whatever happened in the beginning didn't seem to relate to the big event in the end. It's also very hard to understand the geography of the world in the book and who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are. Overall, it was very confusing.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down I bought this novel because I love Veronica Roth as an author and she definitely didn't disappoint with this one! As soon as I read the first chapter I was hooked and it was so hard to put it down! The characters are so diverse and the concept is absolutely refreshingly wonderful. I had to check to see if there would be another book to follow because I just couldn't get enough of the story! Will be purchasing the second book and I cannot wait to see what the next installment will hold for the characters. Do not hesitate to buy if you enjoy a great sci-fy read!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Veronica Roth did not disappoint. Loved it so much!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not understand the hype I see this book everywhere, but I don't understand the hype around it. The book cover is beautiful but that's about it. The story doesn't seem appealing to me. Maybe because I'm more of a pure fantasy story person instead of the sci-fi theme mixed into it. This book reminds me a lot of the Zodiac series.. I'm wondering which one came first.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly wonderful. I bought this book because Veronica Roth wrote it, I loved Divergent but when I read about this book I just could not imagine it being anything decent. I ended up buying it and it actually turned out to be a great page turner. I could not get enough of the book.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre This book was ok... just ok... it doesn't not live up to the hype at all. I found the changing between characters at times confusing... not just does it jump between characters but some chapters are written in First person and some on third person... I found that change super annoying. it really interrupted the flow of the book for me. It was just another run of the mill dystopia story... lacked originality but wasn't totally horrible... take it or leave it nothing memorable
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from READ THIS IN 1 DAY! Amazing book! Love Veronica Roth!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it! A nice little light read, I'm a big fan of Veronica Roth world building and this is a great read for someone looking to get into fantasy.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyable! I know there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this book, but I have to say that in my opinion all of those negative claims seem a little ridiculous and far fetched. Most of the people reviewing and rating this book negatively havent even taking the time to read the book, they are just judging based on word of mouth which does not make any sense to me. But of course everyone's sensitivity level is different and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I loved this book, yes, I can agree that the world building was a little confusing and the difficult names for characters and places felt a little over the top. But I really enjoyed the characters and I fell in love with the dark and violent moments that this book had to offer. I cannot wait for the sequel.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Could Take it or Leave It An interesting read from start to finish, wouldn't feel the need to read it again though. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Bought because I did enjoy divergent very much. Although well written and an interesting world, this book irritated me. The characters seemed pretty flat.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was really good, totally different from Veronica Roth's other books but equally good. I thought it was unique and I really enjoyed the main characters.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I enjoyed this book. I preferred the Divergent series but this was still a fun read that I would recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not original but still a fun, easy read It's nothing new, it's basically what you would expect from this author in this genre. It gets you hooked, it's a fun, easy to read story. Has all the classic elements of another YA series that will turn blockbuster. I'd recommend it especially as a book to take on vacation. Good for young readers.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nah. not my type at all. i have tried reading it but didn't get past a quarter of the book.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as I thought..... I thought this sounded so good but wasn't as good as I thought....
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing ! Overall good storyline The storyline is a bit unoriginal and is very similar to the Divergent series. If you are a fan of dystopian sci-fi you will enjoy!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book I found this book to be good and did enjoy it. It wasn't as good as her other novels but was still written well enough to be enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you can get through the first few chapters... When I started reading this book, I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but this definitely wasn't it. Right off the bat, you're thrown into this strange society with strange names and strange people with strange abilities and wonder what kind of book you just purchased. But then I got into it, and then I couldn't put it down! It's a brilliant story mixing sci-fi and magic and royalty and rebels. The book just takes a while to get into and now I can't wait for the next installment! However, if you're expecting some kind of divergent post apocalyptic story, you will probably be disappointed. Just keep an open mind and enjoy!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I couldn't put this book down, don't go into this book thinking it's going to be like the Divergent Series as that series is over! She went a different direction as writers should do, I personally found this book was like Star Wars but the story line was thrilling! Cannot wait for the second one!
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! 4.8! This is such a good book! To be honest, didn't really see the comparison between divergent and this one but nonetheless, it made me want to read more and more. There were times where when I put the book down, all i could think about was what would happen next!? I would give it a 4.8 because there are parts in the book that i couldn't really picture what she was trying to explain and then some areas, she would explain too much or details of something happening or of a character would come later (If you read the book, you'll understand), but whatever. This book, in my opinion was excellent. **These reviews really mean nothing. You have to read the book yourself to know if you like it or not.**
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish it I was so excited when I'd seen that Veronica Roth had come out with a new book. I loved the Divergent series! Maybe because I had such high expectations for this book, and then it ended up not delivering at all, is why I give it a 1 star. There has been a lot of controversial talk about this book, it being racist and belittling chronic pain. Even though I did see a little bit of that, that is not why I gave it just 1 star. I found it so difficult to read. I found myself re-reading paragraphs over and over to get a better understanding of what was happening. It was so limited, I never got a full understanding of what was happening. Another thing that confused me were the characters. I felt like we were introduced to so many characters at once, all with very odd names, I couldn't keep track of who was who. I MIGHT give it another try waaaaaayyy down the road, but as of right now. I REALLY disliked the book.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Enjoyable Sci-Fi Novel Veronica Roth's new book Carve the Mark takes a dive into the sci-fi realm. Personally I love the genre, and often read books from it. I was so excited to read her new book, despite the mix reviews I've seen on Goodreads, Blog posts and Book reviews. When I was reading it I didn't find any reference to racism what so ever. Ultimately Roth completely hit this one out the park for me and I have quite the book hangover. and can't wait till the second one comes out
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I have read better that's for sure. It has so many characters in it and put me to sleep. It was hard keeping up with what was actually going on and who was who and where they were. Confusing.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no comparison this book does not compare to the Divergent series
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from apparently it is bad I haven't read this yet, but my friends did and they all disliked it. After reading insurgent (which was the beginning of the downfall for divergent), and allegiant (which I had to force myself to finish), I didn't plan to read this anyway. So the world building was drab, according to my fellow friends. They summed it up as "people with powers who keep finding more people with more powers and then fight - with their powers." It was unoriginal and really hard to read through.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting The first couple chapters were a bit challenging for me to get through, mostly because of the strange names and trying to imagine the world with not much description. Once I got past that, I really liked the story, the characters, the magical elements. There were certain issues that will hopefully be resolved in a sequel, but overall I like it.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Addition to Veronica Roth Booklist I picked this up the first week of release. I enjoyed it for the most part though I felt like it was difficult to "care" about the characters as it focuses on events rather than feelings for the better part of the book. I didn't skip any pages (something I usually do when the plot hits a slow point). I've heard it argued that this book was racist and I don't agree. The book circulates around a single "Nation" (with interactions with others) who are "Mixed Race". And within this group are people who are a "Mix" of good and bad. I don't think it was a book about race. I think it was a book about how everyone has the capability for exhibiting good and bad and at some point you have to make the choice to tip the scale one way or the other. Even the male character who people keep referring to as "white". Well the author reveals that he was also Mixed Race and a descendant of the "Nation". So the racist argument kind of falls apart after that in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i havent read this, but dont plan to this book has so many issues surrounding it. (i wouldnt give it any stars if i could considering i havent actually read it, but apparently its a required field). please educate yourself on the issues surrounding this book (linked). i loved divergent, and the author seems like a lovely person, but why this book was hyped so much, or even why it was even published, i'll never know. this article is what i learned the controversies from:
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!!!! I loved it and hope there's going to be a sequel.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it It was interesting enough for me to keep going. I thought the world was cool and the characters weren't bad. It was an easy going pace kinda of book. It didn't feel too slow and didn't feel like it had to go fast. I'm a simple minded person who doesn't read too closely. I honestly didn't notice how it had a light skinned race vs. a dark skinned race until I read reviews after I read the book. The characters looked like Avatar characters in my mind.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Read A decent read, but it could be better. Still needs improvement on several aspects that give out some potentially hurtful implications.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just No This was the first Veronica Roth book I've ever read, and while I had high hopes for it based on the description I wanted to abandon it a quarter of the way through. I stuck it out, and reading it definitely felt like a chore. There were just so many things wrong with this novel, that I just couldn't push myself to finish it. So here is everything that bothered me about this novel: I felt absolutely nothing for the characters. So much time was spent building and describing the world (and I am still confused about where they are*), and not enough time was making the main characters more than names on a page. Akos was always moody, Cyra was constantly miserable and in pain, and I frequently found myself rolling my eyes and thinking suck it up. They both were in difficult situations, but I just didn't feel anything for them. (*I know that it is supposed to be set in space, but for all the "world-building" she did, they could be anywhere) There are books that are slow-moving but it works for the story, and then there is slow-moving that goes nowhere. Unfortunately, Carve the Mark is the latter. I spent the majority of my time reading wondering where the actual plot was. Nothing happened, and I feel like all the action in the book could be summed up in a couple of pages. The whole aggressive dark-skinned race vs. the gentle light-skinned race thing is hurtful on so many levels. My thoughts on this are so perfectly explained by Justina Ireland here.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just No This was the first Veronica Roth book I've ever read, and while I had high hopes for it based on the description I wanted to abandon it a quarter of the way through. I stuck it out, and reading it definitely felt like a chore. There were just so many things wrong with this novel, that I just couldn't push myself to finish it. So here is everything that bothered me about this novel: I felt absolutely nothing for the characters. So much time was spent building and describing the world (and I am still confused about where they are*), and not enough time was making the main characters more than names on a page. Akos was always moody, Cyra was constantly miserable and in pain, and I frequently found myself rolling my eyes and thinking suck it up. They both were in difficult situations, but I just didn't feel anything for them. (*I know that it is supposed to be set in space, but for all the "world-building" she did, they could be anywhere) There are books that are slow-moving but it works for the story, and then there is slow-moving that goes nowhere. Unfortunately, Carve the Mark is the latter. I spent the majority of my time reading wondering where the actual plot was. Nothing happened, and I feel like all the action in the book could be summed up in a couple of pages. The whole aggressive dark-skinned race vs. the gentle light-skinned race thing is hurtful on so many levels. My thoughts on this are so perfectly explained by Justina Ireland here.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eh It's good, but also kinda on the cliche side. The beginning is kinda slow and once it gets moving it's so much more interesting.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not so good i did not enjoy this at all
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh It was alright, a good book to read to pass time and you've got nothing else to read, but it's definetly forgettable. The characters to me were boring where I didn't hate or love any of them, even the brother, and I find when if the villain of the story doesn't make you feel any type of way there has got to be some sort of flaw in the story. I will most likely not be following the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Another one of those! If you've read one, you've read them all. That how I've started to feel about many dystopian ya novels at this point. Carve the Mark is no different. I just....yeah. I wouldn't recommend it, unless you are really desperate. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this, but not her best I got sucked in and enjoyed the read, but not as good as her other books. Hoping the next book is a bit better than this one.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just average I think this was just an average read, it look a while to get through. I would not recommend it to others.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting The plot of the book is really interesting and really enjoyable to read, however, the beginning was a bit slow for me. For half of the book, I struggled to figure out what is going on because you are just tossed into the setting with no context to what is happening.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stick to Divergent... Juvenilely written. One half of the protagonists is too boring to be focused on...
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good!! Wow! Such a neat world, the description says it is like Divergent and Star Wars, I'd say that is accurate. Yes to the divergent, for not following the herd, and yes to intriguing galaxies and space exploration. This book will captivate you, it will twist your heart and it will leave you wanting more!!!
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from There are better books World building is pretty bad. Characters are kind of dull. There are way better fantasy/sci-fi stories out there. If you enjoyed her other books, this one doesn't even live up to those ones.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A magnificent blend of fantasy and science-fiction. Loved it! There’s been a lot of speculation whether Veronica Roth’s new series would match or surpass her Divergent series. Personally, I really enjoyed this new book and although it’s still early in the series, it’s definitely on the right path. Roth created a rich new world that is out of this world, completely new and very bold. Her characters may be flawed, however, they have strong redeeming qualities that will captivate you. In a galaxy where the current flows through everything and every living thing, people develop unique abilities once they reach a certain maturity. When this current-gift will develop, no one can predict, however some may say the oracles could certainly take a guess. Three oracles per planet exist, and their ability allows them to see possible futures. They also see fates, the eventual futures of a lucky few. Every citizen has a future, but only a select few are graced with a fate. These select few are considered special, for a reason I can’t quite understand. Personally, I would find it restrictive, to live a life based on a certain and unwavering fact. Cyra and Akos are two of these fate-marked young adults, however, their upbringing could not be more different. Cyra is the sister of a mad tyrant who controls the Shotet people through fear and divisiveness. Akos grew up in a peaceful and loving family. Part of his Thuvhe culture honours the oracles, and his mother just happens to be one. Their two societies couldn’t be anymore different and it’s from the lack of knowledge and understanding that their two societies have been at war for ages. The Thuvhe are considered the rightful and controlling nation of the planet, so when the Shotet kidnap Akos and his brother, killing their father in the process, I’m kind of surprised nothing was done about it. For years, Akos was raised by the Shotet, separated from his brother, and the rest of his family, never to be rescued by his people. My only guess is that the Thuvhe are such peaceful race they have no clue how to infiltrate the Shotet to rescue a couple of their fate-marked. Now, as a young adult, Akos is given to Cyra to be her servant, in order to help her control her current-gift. The more time they spend together, the more they learn about each other’s culture. Together, the form an unlikely alliance in hopes to overthrow Cyra’s brother. My first impression of Akos is that he’s weak. To help and serve Cyra without question, isn’t heroic, but I quickly realized that it was all part of a scheme. He’s intelligent yet his downfall is that he cares too much. On the contrary, Cyra cares about no one, especially her brother, Ryzek, who’s taken advantage of her current-gift, ever since their father died. Her father wasn’t a better leader, he was just less mad than Ryzek. Cyra’s current gift makes her feel pain 24/7 while Akos neutralizes that pain with simply his touch. His gift for brewing tonics also helps control Cyra’s constant pain. It seems that their gifts were made for one another, however, it just seems to good to be true. Divergent fans will love this book because it does have some recurring themes. Carve the Mark isn’t necessarily dystopian, but it does revolve around a broken leadership. The characters are in a dire situation yet they work together, and their hope for a better future brings them even closer together. Another similarity is Akos being taken away from his family and trained by another society to become a soldier (however, in this case it’s involuntarily). Death, combat and rage are also other themes that mirror Divergent. It’s hard not to compare, yet despite their similarities, trust me when I say they are two very distinct stories. What makes this book so complete is definitely Akos and Cyra. Character building seems to be Veronica Roth’s forte and she doesn’t disappoint with these two main characters. The world building was also brilliant since she added so much detail to the world, the cultures and the different planets. It’s really hard to mention everything, so instead, I urge you to discover it for yourself. Carve the Mark really deserves to be read slowly, since it does have a slow build-up, but it’s so worth it in the end. The author was able to blend my two favourite genres, fantasy and science fiction, magnificently and even though it’s still early in the year, there’s a strong possibility it will end up at the top of my favourites of the year.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read I enjoyed this read, as I did Roth's Divergent series. Waiting for the next book :)
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was a good book! A great book I cannot wait for the next one!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Yes! Good book if you are into sci fi and astronomy. Real thriller but could have been written a little better.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was good not my fave bot i liked it
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Teen Read! *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* #indigoemployee This book is completely unique from anything currently available in the teen section. While it did take some time for me to become invested (all of the unique names, gifts and religions were difficult to differentiate at first) I eventually became completely hooked. Roth presents us with beautifully flawed characters, and demonstrates the power of love and compassion on countless occasions. I am excited to see what she will present us with in the next installment; it is one that I will be watching out for! Carve the Mark examines how people may react to a tyrannical leader. It also teaches readers not to judge a book by its cover, or more accurately, a person by their rumored reputation. Perfect for fans of Clan of the Cave Bear by: Jean M. Auel and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me. I couldn't get past the first chapter.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh Didn't like the first few chapters - not my cup of tea
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read This book was a good overall, I loved her first book Divergent, but you really can't compare the two books.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story I read an ARC of the book, so grammar mistakes were strictly overlooked for once. The storyline was absolutely fantastic, I was slightly worried about what it would become with Veronica Roth's track record for killing important characters, but I shouldn't have worried. It was so intricate and beautifully written, I can't wait for the sequel. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great New YA Sci Fi Great new book by Veronica Roth! The story was more about people than actions, which I really appreciated because Akos and Cyra are terrific––he's sweet and sympathetic yet strong and determined, and she's a feisty warrior learning to let people into her life. So good! The world-building is good and the action is strong, but this is definitely an emotion-heavy story. The interactions with the two main characters are what sell it. While there were certain things I could predict, there were some surprises that I didn't see coming. I especially enjoyed the powers/"gifts" and fates mechanic going on, and really hope it gets expanded. This didn't feel really "sci-fi" to me, but maybe that was because I was expecting a few more aliens. Still, I had a great time reading this book and can't wait to see what the next one brings. One thing is for sure––it will be intense!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not for me i couldn't get past the first chapter. maybe give it another chance one day.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Missed the mark for me *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* I was super excited to read this book, I thought that Veronica had had enough time to mature as an author and I wanted to see how her story would unfold. I knew about some the issues of race and representation before reading the book, and I must say I likely wouldn’t have noticed it without other people pointing it out. Yes, the Shotet are violent, nomadic, xenophobic, people who seek out the garbage of other societies to repurpose and reuse discarded objects. They are described as having darker skin and hair. But where I get confused is that the majority of the book is told from Cyra’s perspective, the daughter of the ruling Shotet family. From this perspective, you learn the history (yes a violent one) and explanations behind the scavenging rituals and come to understand how violence is just part of their history and culture. I think this is sufficient to deny “othering” that happens by the rest of the cultures when they talk of the Shotet people, as those beliefs are formed based on rumours, legends, and misinformation. I am not denying there are racial elements in the story that are unnecessary, I personally do not feel it is a reason to discard this book entirely. If anything, it should spark discourse into how race is written about and interpreted. Now about the actual plot of the book… it was interesting. I enjoyed the rotating perspective in this book, something I often find confusing and not helpful. I found the relationship between Akos and Cyra to be bland and predictable, I appreciate how their special bond brings them closer together it was just blah. I also felt that the context of inter-planet travel did not benefit the plot at all, reading about the space travel was the least favourite part for me. It was at times too descriptive and I felt how long the book was in sections, I would certainly not classify it as a “thriller”. I felt the plot overall was engaging and different from other in the genres, if readers like Veronica Roth they will most likely enjoy this one. Personally, I hope she avoids future sci-fy books like this and sticks to Divergent like dystopia. There was decent character development between the main characters so I feel like I know them and why they made specific decisions.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from mmm.... no I was a little wary going into this because of how Insurgent and Allegiant turned out (ie, her writing and world building skill was going downhill) and this book isn't any exception. The world building wasn't as good as it could've been. There are far better books with waaay better world than this.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I loved the Divergent series by her, so I was excited to read this. I liked it, but wasn't really into it. If you like a lot of heavy science fiction and Star Wars Era plots, then you'll like this. If not, well don't.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story I like how dark Roth can make her stories and I love the scify fantasy mix she has but if she kills off Cyra or Akos she will be reciving an angry letter :P
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Missed the Mark? Honestly, I want so much more from this book! Don't get me wrong...I like the two main characters (Cyra and Akos) since they're tough, relatable, and struggle to understand themselves and their responsibilities. The futuristic, magical setting is pretty cool too. I especially like how the story focuses on defining/understanding concepts of justice, identity, and selfhood--explicit themes that undermine other reviewers' claims of "racism." BUT I am distracted by the writing, which has gaping transitions, improper pacing, and awkward world building. Hence, my reason for the lower rating. I still encourage you to read it and decide for yourself!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Let down I am fully aware of the controversies within this book, and if I could leave the rating blank I would. But for me it isn't just about that, because I didn't find that the book was that great overall. The general idea of the story is pretty cool, but I find that the story building was very confusing, I had to reread the first ten pages or so because there were confusing terms thrown around. I'll admit, it was quick read, and I was initially very interested in the book. When I was about halfway through I read a few articles regarding the racism within the book and was really put off by it. I almost didn't want to finish it, but I decided to push through and read it within two days mainly so I could get it out of my way. I expected good things going into this book, because Roth killed it with Divergent, but sadly I was highly let down with this one.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it #plumrewards. It was a great read and I can't hardly wait for more from author Veronica Roth
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could not put down! I bought this book since I had a doctors appointment and needed something to read and since I remember liking the Divergent books when i read them years ago i figured why the heck not. This book genuinely surprised me with how good it was. The worlds were described just enough that you get a feel of the atmosphere and looks but still have room for your imagination to fill in the blanks. I finished this book in one day staying up to 3 in the morning doing the typical "Just one more chapter" dance and when i woke up the next day I immediately wanted to pick up the book and read it again so i could be transported into this world. If you find this book racist like some people have been saying then you are focusing on the wrong bits. I got a more Canadian vs American culture vibe from this then black vs white but maybe that's because I am Canadian and any book that includes a culture that's peaceful to a fault and surrounded by ice I relate to as my home. I will be reading again for sure and looking forward to any books that might follow. :)
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I liked it, but I felt a drag in some sections and would put down the book for a while before picking it back up again.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another One Another dystopian by Veronica Roth. The plot seems interesting but I hope it does not slack in the middle like the divergent series.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from just noooo this author has some unique ideas but the mediocre writing and execution ruins them. there are some troubling aspects to the foundation of this story which seems to be a general issue with the author.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing this looks like it has a good story I might buy i
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Excited The Divergent Series was one of my favourite series, can't wait for this book! Looks amazing!
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Already excited for this Looks amazing! Based off her last books this is gonna be a keeper.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMGGGG pre ordering now and i am so excited to own it. RELEASES ON MY BIRTHDAY best present ever
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this and really enjoyed it. If you liked the Divergent series you'll love this book. Veronica Roth's writing has gotten even better in the few years since!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sounds Interesting Sounds fun and interesting, can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait! Looking forward to this one!
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait! It sounds like a really interesting plot, can't wait to read it!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from can't wait I'm extremely interested in reading this novel, after reading the Divergent trilogy I have high hopes on this book, though I don't believe Veronica Roth will disappoint her fans.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait I hope this doesn't disappoint, but like her other novels, I feel like Veronica Roth will again show her knack for taking an idea that no one has ever had and making it into an amazing novel.
Date published: 2016-11-30

Editorial Reviews

“Roth’s worldbuilding is commendable; each nation is distinct, interacting with the current in ways that give insight into her characters’ motivations. Readers will eagerly await a second installment.”