Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 17th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Source: ARC, Libro.fm
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.
Reasons Why I DNFed:
So, I originally scored the physical arc of this book at work, and even though I’ve been burned by Roth in the past, the pretty cover made me stupid. And I read a page or two, but Roth’s commitment to using a bunch of made up sci-fi names made me put it down. I’m not always a mood reader, but sometimes I am, and I thought maybe I’d revisit the book. But I never did.
Then I snagged a free copy of the audiobook, and I thought, okay, this will definitely get me over the weird names hump! And it’s not like I don’t read books that feature unfamiliar names- I read translated novels, I can do this! And I love audiobooks. And the narrators are good, so that’s not the problem.
It wasn’t even the charges of racism and ableism- to be honest, I didn’t even know about them until after I started the book. I have since read several posts, reviews and conversations that offer both sides of the argument on those points.
But… I never got far enough in the book to really see for myself if there was racism or ableism, because I was so
Things happen, things that should have sucked me into the plot. I listen at higher speeds, so I often find myself totally in the story before I even realize how much time has passed.
But not with Carve the Mark. Even listening at 2x speed, I was super aware of how slow time (in real life, not in the book) seemed to be going. There were lots of characters, but I didn’t feel a connection to any of them. Even when the bad things began to happen and there was some real action, all I was thinking about was switching to my favorite podcast.
Which I ended up doing. Because I was so bored.
This is probably the last Roth book I attempt to read. I liked Divergent, but the rest of the trilogy contained some really bad worldbuilding, and the cracks that I ignored in the first book were just too glaring in the rest of the series. If I ever read a Veronica Roth book in the future, it’s going to have to be a hell of a lot more than just a pretty cover.
It also makes me sad that because Divergent was such a hit, it’s like the publishers aren’t pushing Roth to be better. She’s got a fantastic imagination, but there’s just not enough substance (and why, oh why did she choose to write a science fiction novel that literally requires ALL the worldbuilding if that was the biggest weakness in her post-apocalyptic series?). It’s like her publishing house just gave her a pass to do whatever she wants without giving her any kind of feedback.
You still might like it. Or not dislike it entirely. Keep in mind that I’m already a bit annoyed with Roth being treated like some kind of YA Author Rockstar, so I went into the book with reservations.
What was the last book you DNFed and why did you quit it?