Greetings, readers (that sounds weird.) I finished Veronica Roth’s awesome new book, Carve the Mark, at least two weeks ago. I thought that today I would write a little review of this book.
If you’ve read this book or have any thoughts about this post, comment down below! I’d love to chat.
Author – Veronica Roth
Publication – January 2017
Genre – YA science fiction / fantasy
Age Level – around 13 and up
Rating – 4.5/5
Some readers have expressed dissatisfaction with this book and some people think the plot is racist (probably because the evil, oppressive ruler is dark-skinned, among other things). While some of these concerns are valid, I genuinely enjoyed the book and the characters.
If you didn’t know, Veronica Roth wrote Divergent, which I did like. But the character development in general was not as strong as it is in Carve the Mark. Crya is a fierce, powerful boss, but that’s not all. And Akos seems blank and plain at first, but he really is a wonderful, caring and strong character.
This is a fantasy/science fiction story in which there are “currentgifts” magical powers – blessings or curses – with children since birth but revealed later. Some kids are also “fated” which means that oracles see their future and they have a certain purpose, which is not always known to them.
I think it’s an important story about pain and fate and honor and power and how it should be used:
“Pain had a way of breaking time down. I thought about the next minute, the next hour. There wasn’t enough space in my mind to put all those pieces together, to find words to summarize the whole of it. But the ‘keep going’ part, I knew the words for.
‘Find another reason to go on,’ I said…
I knew mine: There was a hunger inside me, and there always had been. That hunger was stronger than pain, stronger than horror. It gnawed even after everything else inside me had given up. It was not hope; it did not soar; it slithered, clawed, and dragged, and it would not let me stop.
And when I finally named it, I found it was something very simple: the desire to live.”
– p. 151
Basically, you should read this book if:
- You like science fiction or fantasy.
- You like strong female protagonists.
- You don’t mind a little violence in a story.
- You want an interesting, fun read that also explores important topics.
That’s all for now.
I haven’t been reading as much this year because of school and other stuff, but if you want to see more book posts, comment down below, and I’ll up my reading game for you.
— Adventuring Girl xx