BooksInNeed (again x2), and Carve the Mark is a book that shows the power of pain and loss, but also how to survive with the killing guilt that comes with it.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
I know that some people don’t like Veronica Roth after reading Divergent (no idea why also, Divergent was amazing!), but never judge a book no matter what, right? This takes place in a dystopian world, not Earth. Here, there are lots of different types of languages (that sound really weird) and places to coordinate with that. Like if you are born in the icy planet Thuvhe, you would speak Thuvhesit. Not like Earth, where if you’re American you speak English or something, and for the fact that their nations are on different planets. That’s like Neptune being the Antarctic. The two main places in this book are Hessa, one of the major cities in Thuvhe, and Voa, the capital of Shotet, where most of the population is located. In this new galaxy, there is something called the current. The current is a invisible power that gives people powers and are used in everything, like ships, machines, weapons, everything like that. If the current is running through a person, its called a currentgift, and they get powers. ‘Look, its Superman!’ is exactly what I was thinking when I first finished this book. Or Wonder Woman. Anyways, the currentstream is a visual representation of the current in the sky, the brightly colored currentstream flows between and around each planet in the solar system. In this dystopian solar system, there are three ‘fated’ families. Meaning that three families in this solar system has their futures already planned out for them. The Benesit, on the nation-planet Thuvhe have one of the current generation is destined to be Thuvhe’s chancellor. The Chancellor, like a good one that runs the nation, not like the evil one. Onto the Star Wars! ‘May the Force be with you’ is now ‘May the Current be with you’. Go young Padawan! Ha, back to the book review. Kereseth is also one of the three fated families residing in Hessa, Thuvhe. One of the oracle families. Now seeing the future also. The last of the three families is the Noavek, known for their brutality and instability and the only of the three fated families in Shotet. With all their fates written down, they carry them out. So, for
nearly more than 400 words by now, you would think that this book review is finished, but I didn’t even start the story yet! Yay! (My keyboard says otherwise)
Akos Kereseth is the son of an oracle mother and a farmer father on the poor icy planet of Thuvhe and has a older sister, Cisi, and an older brother, Eijeh which he would die for before they could be harmed. Which he nearly does. Three shotet warriors (the enemy of Thuvhe) are at his house when he arrives and one of them (Vas, who’s power is that he doesn’t feel pain) kills his dad in front of him in anger while looking for Akos’ mother and takes Akos and Eijeh to the Noavek, rulers of the Shotet.
Cyra Noavek has more marks on her arm than most soldiers. All because of her currentgift of pain. For everybody her brother forces her to torture is another mark. Usually, if a person kills another they carve the mark, but for her just the pain she inflicts is killing. After her mother dies because of her gift, Cyra started getting used by her brother, Ryzek, to torture his enemies and still does it after her father passes away, because he hold the power over her, and that she has no choice. What her brother doesn’t know is that she is quicker than he knows, and stronger.
Akos gets shoved into Cyra’s life because of his current gift of taking away other’s gifts, including hers. Now with a way to take away the pain that is controlling her life, Cyra is able to see clearly and sees what her brother is doing is wrong. Could she have the help from Akos, who seems intent on saving his brother from being Ryzek’s new oracle no matter what? Forced to lean on each other, they realize that they are falling for each other also. Will they save everything they love, or will they all be forced into the pain?
“I am sharp as broken glass, and just as fragile. I tell lies better than I tell truths. I see all of the galaxy and never catch a glimpse of it.”
Shotet poem – Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth
Thank you Veronica Roth for this fated for greatness novel that showed that pain can hurt us, but its our choice to let it.
For everybody who doesn’t like Divergent, or hasn’t already read it, you should re-read it because its only one of the. Best .Books. Ever
There is no honor in survival.