Book Review: Carve the Mark


30117284-_uy113_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.


Despite the controversy surrounding this book, I still preordered it because I’ll always support Veronica’s work. Let me just say, I was not disappointed by this book at all and I’m looking forward to the sequel!!!

In regards to the controversy, the Shotet are not all black as many other people have stated. They’re also not all aggressive. In fact, the most aggressive character is Ryzek who is WHITE! It’s really irritating that so many people would say that a book is racist when it really isn’t!

I really enjoyed the two main characters of the book and even the side characters (except Ryzek. Ryzek, you can rot.) The storyline was quick moving and I found myself devouring this book when I had the chance to actually sit down and read it for long periods of time.

The only thing that kept me from giving this five stars was something that happened towards the end with Cyra. I have a very active imagination which makes picturing scenes VERY easy for me. I honestly thought that I might throw up going off the description alone!

I’d highly recommend that you guys give this book a shot! If you can get past the “controversy” other people have accused this book of having, that is.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Carve the Mark

    • Jackiemarie16 says:

      See? I never watched much of that. Although I’m sure watching the Saw movies and all the other gore made my mind an even worse place when it comes to imagining these scenes.


  1. Tiana (The Book Raven) says:

    I honestly agree with this post. The book is definitely not racist. I don’t understand why this book blew up so negatively, but I do understand what people are saying regarding the self-harm and such, it’s not something everyone can read, but I actually really enjoyed it myself. I feel like if you are sensitive to self-harm and you know yourself that you shouldn’t read the book (although I also understand the need for better trigger warnings for books in general)


  2. femaleinferno says:

    This book has been sitting in my TBR pile for a while now – I’m kind of letting all the hype die down before I jump in so I can enjoy it without prejudice. Your review has got a little bit of that excitement to read stirring up again. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Happy reading 🙂


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