Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark

Book - 2017
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Living on a violent planet where everyone develops a unique power meant to shape the future, Akos and Cyra, youths from enemy nations, resent gifts that render them vulnerable to others' control before they become unlikely survival partners.
Publisher: New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062348630
Branch Call Number: YA ROTH
Characteristics: 468 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Cyra and Akos both have “currentgifts”: hers causes her pain unless she uses it on others, and his relieves pain. Can they help their warring nations find peace?

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Feb 11, 2020

It's is a different writing style from what I am used too, but it is so well written, i love the development of the characters. Definetly would recomend. Currently reading the second book.

Oct 08, 2019

This was an amazing book! The way Veronica Roth built up the suspense and finally exploited it was exhilarating. This book was a joy to read!

Sep 09, 2019

I liked it - a mixture of fantasy and SF. The characters were interesting enough and the concepts, sharing memories and being able to give pain and comfort.

I read the 2nd but didn't encourage me to any more of her novels.

Jul 28, 2019

This book was just WOW for me. Everyone tried to get me to read the Divergent Series, but I thought they were kind of so-so and lame. I had been intentionally avoiding the author's books for a little while, and hadn't noticed who had written CTM when I first picked it up off the shelf. Five minutes later I was 30 pages in and engrossed. Everyone on here seems to be like, "Oh I hate it because Cyra's so mean". Come on people. This is a little something called actually creating strong characters. Everyone who reads this book either loves it or hates it, and I'm proud to say I am on the loving it side. I'd recommend this book to all who love strong female protagonists and lots of gore, pain and cruelty.

Mar 21, 2019

I read this book solely because I was interested in the chronic pain content, so that's the only part I'm reviewing. I heard it was pretty terrible, and, yeah.

The really disappointing thing is that the first 300 pages are very good on the chronic pain front. The depiction of life with pain rang true to me in every way--the way it feels in the body, the impact it has on your daily life, the way people around you can't cope with seeing your pain. Cyra is maybe a little active for a person with chronic pain, but it's an action-hero fantasy. I can accept that.

Then, on page 309-310, Roth takes all that accuracy and goodwill and throws it right into the trash. Cyra has an insight about her pain, via flashback to a doctor she saw as a child:

"That [Cyra]'s gift causes her to invite pain into herself, and project pain into others, suggests something about what's going on inside her," [the doctor] said. "A cursory assessment says that on some level, she feels she deserves it. And she feels others deserve it as well."

The plot affirms this analysis: Cyra's constant pain is due to her own psychological--and moral--failings. To be clear, Cyra has killed, like, a LOT of people by this point, with her gift, by projecting pain into their bodies until they die of shock. And the plot affirms that this is all connected. Cyra is a killer, and Cyra has chronic pain, because Cyra believes, deeply and firmly, that she and others deserve to be in pain.

This is astonishingly bad. Not only is it a deeply awful slur on people with chronic pain, it's a boring rehash of the same old villainous trope about people with disabilities: people in pain want to hurt other people.

In stories they do, anyway. If you stop and look at the world and ask yourself whether or not the people doing the most harm are the ones feeling the most pain, you might come to a different conclusion.

Anway, this book sucks, read something else instead.

Feb 05, 2019

A grim fantasy with unlikeable characters. The world building and writing were both excellent, but the execution was weak.

Jan 03, 2019

I really enjoyed this book but I think it should be reclassified as adult rather than young adult. Both for content and reading level required to enjoy it.

Aug 03, 2018

Magical...very enjoyable read.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 28, 2018

When I don't write a review immediately, I like to go back and read some other reviews to refresh myself on character names, etc... It was obvious that this book had some problems at launch, re: the publisher paying for reviews, which resulted in a backlash of reviewers with one star reviews, going into detail of the problems they had with this book, often without even finishing it. I also find it interesting that many of these one star reviews had no problem with the Divergent books, while acknowledging that they were complete ripoffs of existing series.

So, let me tell you why this book is better than any of the Divergent books. One: it is original. Roth probably lost some fans here by writing an actual science-fiction book instead of a YA dystopia. Second: the "current gifts" of some of the main characters and how they are used are horrible. But they're supposed to be. Roth sets us up for the bigger question of how do we use our gifts and our faults? Can people change? Can a perceived fault actually give you strength? Finally, while the whole system of planets was well built, she outdoes herself with the planet with the recognized people of Thuvhe and the dispossessed people of the Shotet. While the Shotet are not recognized in the system, and are treated as scavengers at best, and an attacking horde at worst, it is only once we are inside their system and see it through the eyes of the Cyra and Akos (a kidnapped Thuvhesite) that we learn how rich and meaningful their culture is. It could easily be compared to modern politics with any group fighting for recognition that established countries treat as second-class humans. An excellent and meaningful read.

JanineA_OshLib Jun 19, 2018

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

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Jan 03, 2019

“I may be in pain, but I am not weak.”

Jan 03, 2019

“You want to see people as extremes. Bad or good, trustworthy or not. I understand. It's easier that way. But that isn't how people work.”


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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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