Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark

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Globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth delivers a breathtaking fantasy featuring an unusual friendship, an epic love story, and a galaxy-sweeping adventure. #1 New York Times bestseller * Wall Street Journal bestseller * USA Today bestseller * #1 IndieBound bestseller Praise for Carve the Mark: "Roth skillfully weaves the careful world-building and intricate web of characters that distinguished Divergent." —VOYA (starred review)"Roth offers a richly imagined, often brutal world of political intrigue and adventure, with a slow-burning romance at its core." —ALA BooklistCyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When Akos and his brother are kidnapped by the ruling Noavek family, Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with simple touch, and her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. But as Akos fights for his own survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift—resilience—might be what saves them both.When Akos and Cyra are caught in the middle of a raging rebellion, everything they've been led to believe about their world and themselves must be called into question. But fighting for what's right might mean betraying their countries, their families, and each other.When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?
Publisher: 2017
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 3895 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780062348654

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JanineA_OshLib Jun 19, 2018

Not quite what I thought, but I did enjoy the story and am looking forward to reading the conclusion.

ArapahoeSusanW Jun 06, 2018

A horrifically violent (for YA) offering from Veronica Roth, "Carve the Mark" is another book I read with mixed emotions. It's definitely readable but most remarkable for it's excessive gore.

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drpeterzepelak
Jun 04, 2018

I enjoyed the Divergent books by Mrs. Roth, so I thought I'd try Carve the Mark. It takes place in a fictitious galaxy (versus Earth in the Divergent series). The story was compelling enough to finish but, in the bigger picture, disappointing. One of the strengths is that it showed one of the main characters (Akos) seeing the good in another main character (Cyra) even when she didn't see it in herself- and the power of that belief. However, the ending left loose ends and the plot lacked biblical values. It is important for our youth to see strong male characters leading families, communities and relationships. And, the book promoted many relationships that are not healthy and holy. As a result, I would not recommend this book for adults and, certainly not, for teens. Teens need clear biblical principles to guide them.

Watermelody Apr 19, 2018

After getting through the first section which was a bit slow, I really enjoyed the themes and characters in Carve the Mark. Would recommend to teens/adults who enjoy fantasy and sci-fi.

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Linyarai
Mar 14, 2018

I really enjoyed this considering it's a book set in space and I don't generally like those. I think it helped that the inhabitants were more human and it focused on them more than space travel. I felt some similarities to her other Divergent series, but I'm looking forward to book 2.

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Samantha_Laing
Feb 26, 2018

Carve the Mark is a science fiction young adult novel. By Veronica Roth, published on January 17, 2017. It is the first book in the duology. In a galaxy where some have had their fate foretold, everyone develops a currentgift, a power that’s as unique as their personality. Though some fates are certain, the future is always changing and it’s currentgifts that help form it. Akos and Cyra both live on the same planet and have currentgifts that make them vulnerable to others, but that’s where their similarities end. Akos comes from a nation of peaceful people and has a close relationship with his family. Cyra, however is from the nation of Shotet where mostly everyone is violent. Though her currentgift causes her pain every moment, it also gives her power over others. When Akos and his brother are captured by the Shotet, Akos must live with the people who took him from his family. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to free himself and his brother. Until then, he has to help Cyra by using his currentgift to ease hers. The closer Cyra and Akos get to each other, the more the have to decide between helping each other to survive or destroy each other. I would recommend this book for a 12 - 15 year old, as it’s a bit challenging since there are two made up languages sometimes spoken in this novel.

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Natashastales
Jan 15, 2018

Carve the Mark started out a bit slow. But once I got to the main plot of the story, it took off. I enjoyed reading it. I have never read any of Roth's other books. But I have seen the Divergent Series, and really wasn't impressed. Carve the Mark gave me the impression of another favorite story of mine, The Red Queen. With a small bit of a twist. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel to this story.

samdog123 Dec 13, 2017

Cyra and Akos belong to different societies on their planet--she is Shotet, a fierce warring people, and he is from Thuvasete, a cold more peaceful part of the planet. When Akos is kidnapped and his family destroyed, he becomes a servant to Cyra, who is know as 'the scourge' due to her current power of inflicting pain. Together they realize what must be done to escape from Cyra's evil brother and how they can hope to resolve the differences between their peoples.

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mackenzie518
Aug 10, 2017

Officially now one of my favorite books. Akos and Cyra's dynamic relationship really pulls you in. The antagonists in the book really move the plot along and give the protagonists more depth. The plot is also so original and extremely well thought out. Looks like Veronica Roth has a new bestseller on her hands!

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sg4931
Jul 27, 2017

An incredibly slow novel with a very uninteresting plot. I can't seem to get myself to read more than a few pages at a time. The world-building is the only admirable aspect of the book, but otherwise, don't waste your time. I'm more than halfway through the book and I still can't figure out what the conflict is. The majority of the book is told through Cyra's point of view and it's so dull; Cyra's voice is just monotone, with no discernable personality. Seriously, pick up any other book.

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spl_merley Jul 28, 2017

When the prophecy of his fate is broadcast to the universe Akos and his brother are captured and taken by the Shotet where they are enslaved by the Shotet leader who himself wants to overcome his own fated future. When Akos is forced to serve Cyra, the Shotet leader's sister and weapon, he is surprised by what he discovers about this monster. Wrestling with unexpected gifts and unavoidable fates two enemies find themselves working together to overcome the pain that they and their planet must face.

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