The violence in this book, while not exactly graphic, is horrifying. Which is probably the intent, but my stomach hurt, reading. Third: Not the biggest thing I didn't like, but I wasn't a huge fan of having akos's pov in third-person, and then Cyra's in first-person. I loved reading from both of their povs! But it would have been nice to have a little uniformity (either both in first, or both in third). Also it already scares me, that Roth chooses to tell this story from both akos and Cyra's povs.
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I'm not sure i really understand the world/world-building? Currentgifts and their origin and how/why they exist still kind of elude. What is the "current"? Where did it come from? How is it magically given people these currentgifts? The currentgifts are things like inflicting pain upon touch, or not feeling pain at all, or seeing the future, or seeing every memory phd of a person. Second: there are so many awful, brutal scenes in this book. I'm talking about torture and cruel treatment of people. I understand that this type of brutality is very real and exists in real life and has a place in this fictional world, but the brutality of a lot. Didn't sit well with. Usually a certain level of violence doesn't bother me too much?
Now I'm going to talk about the things I didn't really enjoy. What i did Not like: First: the initial one hundred pages or so? Very confusing, and very boring too. I had a hard time getting through the beginning of the story. There is so much information dumped into the first couple of chapters, and so many names. It also took me a while to realize that the beginning is when akos is fourteen - and not the "present" time of the story. Same with Cyra's beginning - she is six when her chapter begins. The beginning has too much going on, and it english isn't well-explained at first. I had to reread several of the chapters a few times to really get some sort of grasp as to what was happening.
I thought this romance was well-developed, and swoony towards the filsafat end. There is also another romance which I thought was sweet. I can't say much about it because it'll spoil things, but it's between two characters that are good together. The ending, as insane and chaotic as it is, is not a cruel ending. There is no horrible cliffhanger, which is surprising, since this is book one of a duology. You'd expect something really terrible to have happened at the end, hurting the main character(s). Don't get me wrong, terrible (permanent) things definitely happened; but the ending isn't a cliffhanger, and I definitely appreciate that.
No one can say that certain parts of this book weren't engrossing. A lot of the story ends up being about how to unseat ryzek, and how to stay alive and protect each other. I liked seeing akos and Cyra fall for each other. It's actually cyra who shows her feelings first, which you wouldn't expect. Cyra is supposedly the more ruthless one, and akos is the more emotional and merciful one. But it's Cyra that starts to fall for akos first, and shows her hand first. I liked their dynamic a lot - they learn to trust each other before anything else. Thank goodness for that.
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He becomes so strong and owl capable in other ways, and he's also extremely intelligent and clever. He isn't an alpha type of ya hero - he's quietly intelligent and very, very human. Cyra is almost the opposite of him, yet it slowly becomes apparent that she has similarities to him. She appears to be a brutal, cold, emotionless killer summoned and used by her brother, ryzek. But Cyra does not enjoy wielding her painful power over others, and she definitely does not enjoy bending to ryzek's will. In many ways, it is akos who shows her mercy, what mercy is, and that she is still capable of being merciful, and better, and more.
Cyra learns to turn her pain into something else. She loses none of her deadliness and her danger, but as the story goes on, she becomes stronger and more able to stand up to ryzek. Once i got past the first one hundred pages or so, i had little difficulty getting through the story. I was pretty engrossed and despite the book being rather long, i read it quickly. There is so much happening in this story, and I wanted to see how it would all end. There were so many moments when things could go disastrously wrong, and I held my breath as I turned the pages.
But the more he and Cyra interact, the more they learn about each other, and the more they realize that they share common interests, interests that could incite wars. The beginning of the book was incredibly confusing (I'll talk about that in the next section but once i (sort of) got a grasp of the world and everything going on, i started to get into the story and really sink into. This is science fiction, though certain elements (like the currentgifts) can definitely be categorized as fantasy. This story takes place across planets of a galaxy, so it's a space-y type of science fiction. I must say, roth did an excellent job with the characterization and character growth, specifically in terms of Cyra and akos. I'll start with akos.
He is easily my favorite character of the book. He is Thuvhe, and so he is brought up to be more peaceful and somewhat passive towards violence. Even several years being trained as a shotet soldier doesn't break him down. He is compassionate, and he is strong. I liked him a lot, especially for his unbreakable will. I was amazing and in awe of how much pain and grief and despair he bore, for years. Akos grows into a character that still hates killing, and is sick over having to kill anyone, but can.
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They are stolen for their currentgifts - akos's brother Eijeh is the next oracle of the Thuvhe. Akos grows into his currentgift - he can interrupt the current (he can cancel it out, turn it off, that sort of thing). Several years later, akos is shaped into a warrior, but he has lost known of his humanity. He is not a killer, though he has killed to protect himself. He is brought to help Cyra noavek, whose currentgift is inflicting pain on water others with her touch. No one can touch her without feeling pain, but akos can, because he interrupts the current (and all currentgifts are "fueled" by the current). Akos cooperates because he wants to rescue his brother and flee.
Chances are, it won't disappoint you. In many ways, i liked this book a lot. But there were several specific things that might seem small or insignificant in the grand schemes of things, that ended up really bothering. Hence, the three-star rating. This story is told by two characters - akos, a thuvhe, and Cyra, a shotet. The Thuvhe are a peace-loving people not living on Urek. The Shotet are more aggressive nomadic people that conquer various nations and planets. When he is fourteen, akos is captured, along with his brother, by the Shotet, who kill his father in front of him. They are taken to the Shotet stronghold of Urek, ruled by ryzek noavek, a ruthless tyrant and older brother of Cyra.
brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brothers hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, 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. When akos is thrust into cyras world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another. What i liked: Carve the mark is absolutely worth the hype and the excitement, and it's definitely worth your time to read this book if you've been looking forward to reading.
review posted on The eater of books! Blog carve the mark by veronica roth. Book one of the carve the mark series. Publisher: Katherine tegen books, publication Date: January 17, 2017, rating: 3 stars. Source: arc sent by the publisher. Summary i liked the story overall! Summary (from goodreads On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored time by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others control.
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Total Lifetime Grosses, domestic: 150,947,895.3, foreign: 137,937,923.7, worldwide: 288,885,818, domestic Summary. Opening weekend: 54,607,747 1 rank, 3,936 theaters, 13,874 average) of Total Gross:.2 view All 16 weekends, widest Release: 3,936 theaters, close Date: moliere July 10, 2014. In Release: 112 days / 16 weeks. I liked the story overall! But there a few things that might seem minor, but are actually really detracting from the story, and I took issue with them. It was a good story, don't get me wrong. But I have some things to explore in my review that I just didn't like.