Thursday, June 29, 2017

Carve the Mark By Veronica Roth|Review

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1)
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 17th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 468
Format: ARC

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.

My Thoughts

I’d heard many unflattering things about this book even before it was released. I obtained an ARC at a local bookstore that is often sent advanced copies. I understand why this book had not already been snatched up.

In all honest, I don’t really know why I picked this book. The big name author? The controversy? Or the pretty cover? Either way, it should’ve stayed where it crawled out of. 

I was not the biggest fan of Roth’s Divergent series. In fact, I hated it. So trying out this book was very difficult. But nevertheless, I journeyed on. 

First Impressions: S L O W

Is there even a story worth my time in here? (Spoiler alert! There wasn’t)

After the first couple of fast-paced pages, I honestly believe I could tolerate some aspects of the book. Unfortunately, I spoke too soon. Once the action has passed, you fall into a thorny patch of fluff and end up in a sloppy information dump. I understand wanting to establish some context and background information, but did we honestly need the history lesson that really had no purpose? 

I will always forget that is book did, in fact, take place in space. Seriously? With the lack of sufficient or in this case, good, world building, the story could have taken place practically anywhere! Space. Seriously? 
Just like the world building, character development was also lacking. I did not get attached to either one of the characters. But then again, this is a Roth novel we’re talking about. Her characters are more bent on action than personalities. 

Overall, very displeased. If it were at all possible, I’d give this book 0 stars.

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