Books, Teen Reviews

Read + Review: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

In a galaxy that is powered by the current, some are fate-favored, and everyone develops a currentgift. These unique powers are meant to shape the future and can be beneficial to most. Cyra is the sister of a merciless tyrant who is the ruler of Shotet. Her gift gives pain to herself and anyone she touches, which her brother uses to his advantage to torture the people who do not obey his law. Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the nation-planet of Thuvhe. When a Shotet invasion results in him and his brother being kidnapped, he is thrust into Cyra’s world. They must figure out a way to help each other survive, or destroy one another.

I thought this book was fascinating. I admired the imagination and creativity the author used when creating the unique characteristics of each nation-planet and their contribution to the galaxy in which Cyra and Akos live in. The extensive thought and detail that was put into developing each character’s personality was also gratifying to explore when they were put through different situations. Despite that, I feel like the author put more effort into the scene setting and less on the emotional part of the story, making it hard to cheer the characters on.

A certain memorable thing about this book is the ending. It was not abrupt, while also not being complete and gradual. Since all of the conflicts in the story had not yet been resolved by the time of the conclusion, it leaves the reader wanting more.


Reviewed by Ilakkiya, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library

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