Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books on January 17th, 2017
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the library
Trigger Warning: Self Harm
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
The 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.
Review: DNF at 40%
I wanted to read this to be able to acknowledge the themes that have been pointed out in this book.
Not only the problematic themes, but what really caused me to stop reading was the “carving the mark” aspect. It just really personally struck something in me how self harm was a plot device.
Regardless, even if I was completely ignorant I found this to be very boring. I got almost halfway into the book and I was SO bored.