Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Honor has no place in survival.”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 😕🤬🤯😎
The Hero: Akos – his mother was an Oracle and Oracles were highly praised in society because they could see the future. Akos is from Thuvhe, a land of peaceful people who were family focused.
The heroine(s): Cyra – she is from Shotet and is sister to Ryzek, the ruler of the Shotet people, who was a tyrant who ruled with an iron fist. The Shotet people are enemies to the people of Thuvhe. Cyra is used by her brother for her currentgift.
The Story: an emissary of soldiers from the Shotet people show up at the home of Akos’ family to find the mother. Out of nowhere, Akos begins speaking Shotet which surprises the soldiers and everyone in their family. The soldiers wonder if Akos has Shotet blood in him. The soldiers kill Akos’ father and take both Akos and Eijeh.
The “current” flows through everyone, and everyone on the planet develops a currentgift when they reach maturity, whether it be like Akos’ mother who is an oracle, the soldier Vos who doesn’t feel pain, Eijeh (brother to Akos) who also an oracle. Most kids learn their fate when they get their gifts. Ryzek was taught to be a tyrant king by their father had a currentgift where he could touch someone and switch one of his memories for one of theirs. Cyra’s currentgift was pain, she lives in pain and has the ability to project that pain into others and after the first time her gift appeared, nobody was able touch her.
I really enjoyed the story but there was so many complexities about the current, the currentgifts, and the society as a whole that sometimes the story got lost in all the details. I really liked the narration by Austin Butler and Emily Rankin, but the story was told mostly in Cyra’s POV, I would have liked more in Akos’ POV and I hope Austin Butler does more narration. I really like his voice. It is deep and smooth, perfect for a romantic Hero.
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