Book Review: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (Carve the Mark #1)

Prepare yourself to embark on a world that makes no sense and fails to even stand upright on one’s imagination

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – Official Synopsis

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 than 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 generous 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 this 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.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – RWAT Take

Disappointed is a lenient word when it comes to this book. From an author who gave us divergent, you wouldnt expect a Carve the Mark. I dont know about the rest of the crowd, but for me this book didn’t work.


While Divergent with its factions was clear and crisp in its description, Carve the mark fails to put light on the basic dystopian world. The book seems to open right in the middle of something crucial and to a reader it would appear that everybody is running around the scene and nobody is stopping to tell you what exactly is happening. This goes on for the entire book.


Fortunately after like 10 chapters, the story starts shaping in a different format . This new development still makes sense and atleast you start seeing the sense and flow of the book. Then comes the next trouble. Right when you start enjoying the new plot, you are reminded how the author forget to tell you about the world that she has brought you in.  So now you are stuck between wanting to see where the plot is headed and then also wanting to throw the book. This is because you are only getting half of what is going on in the book.


The basic trouble with the book is that it conveniently forgets that it is set in a dystopian world. This means that readers are completely clueless about this world and its workings. Someone should take the pain in letting us know what the world is all about. It should not be leaving everything for the readers to understand and work out.


Check out our review of Veronica Roth’s famous Divergent Series


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