When a book includes superpowers, war, space travel, and love, what more can you ask for?
The author is Veronica Roth, who also wrote the Divergent series. Admittedly I have never read those books, but I loved the films and thought this book was bound to be good – And I was not disappointed.
I find that books tend to have the best resume written on them, so here’s a copy of the resume written on the cover:
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 that 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 genorous 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 his brother out alive – no matter what the cost.
Then 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.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you to read this book, then let me try to do so: This book is AMAZING! I’ve read quite a few books, and tbh I usually avoid new books as they often have an unpublished sequel, but I didn’t care this time. I’ll gladly read it all over again when number 2 comes out!
It is set in a different galaxy, and while that sounds like a recipe for confusion, it isn’t. Veronica Roth manages to explain everything fully, which almost makes you feel like a part of this world. I will categorize it as both fantasy and sci-fi. It is set in space, but this is not a major part of the plot, the currentgifts are, and they are more fantasy than sci-fi. And while they have spaceships and gene-locks they don’t have a whole lot of sci-fi tech.
Some would call this book simple and clichéd, but I’m a sucker for clichés. I don’t mind the fact that the villain is almost 100% evil and I thus feel nothing than hate for him. We all know that in the real world everybody’s capable of both good and evil. Because of this. I prefer simple fiction. I don’t read fiction to be reminded of the real world and the tasks and responsibilities that follow. I read fiction to escape that selfsame reality.
If you are like me, you will love this book. Period
Have you been reading a great book, you simply must share with everyone? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you for my next post. Bye! 😀
*I have no professional expertise on books. This is 100% my personal opinion.