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Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Veronica Roth’s breathtaking fantasy captures an unusual friendship, an epic love story, and a galaxy-sweeping adventure.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
CYRA and AKOS grew up in enemy countries on a vibrant yet divided planet. Cyra’s ability to transfer extraordinary pain with a simple touch makes her a dangerous weapon for her tyrannical brother. When Akos is kidnapped and forced to serve Cyra, it’s clear that their hatred is mutual. But as Akos fights for his survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for hers, and that her true gift - resilience -might be what saves them both.
Their world is on the brink of political chaos, and Akos and Cyra must decide if they will fight for what’s right, even if it means betrayal of their families and countries.
When the time comes, will they choose loyalty or love?--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01F7N055O
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (17 January 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2042 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 481 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 22,405 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The one thing I struggled with at the beginning was the information dump and names. Of course with a new book there is a lot of story telling and back story to proceed with, but it felt obtuse at times. I think the thing that made it worse was the fact, the names themselves were so farfetched from any names we're use to and the tribes/people and learning about the history of the planets, I found it increasingly confusing. I was constantly skipping to the glossary at the back until I got the hang of it.
This two part series, certainly delivered on shock value, with the storyline keeping you in check, turning things on its head, every time you think you know exactly what's going to happen!! Surfice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this one!! It's an epic tale of love and sacrifice in the back drop of an interstellar showdown.
Top reviews from other countries
I did like the book but I found the story a bit distorted at times and there were far too many characters all with very unusual names for me to keep on track with what was happening, which resulted in me simply putting the book down and trying again at a later point.
What I did enjoy was Akos and Cyra's perspectives and the story of the two of them but I wanted more of this, I found everything was over described which took away from the reading flow.
The ending was a little disappointing as it didn't feel like an ending to a book at all, I assume this is to lead onto the next book but I haven't decided if I am going to carry on with the series. I think that says it all.
At first, I thought (as had bought this book by accident) 'oh, it's going to be another mock up of some terrible futuristic post-apocalyptic space adventure. And boy, was I wrong!
I loved how this story gave the characters backgrounds and begins. How we got to see them as they changed. However, I did get lost in some places and confusion made me put it away for another time, but it would suddenly click for me and I wanted to continue. But overall, I loved this book and it is definitely a must read for anyone that likes a good romance that means something and an emotionally packed rollercoaster. I get it 5 stars for a reason and am eagerly waiting for the next installment.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series but hope that the author does not drag the storyline out as a lot of young adult book writers tend to do.
I have no comments on the book itself, it might be good and it might not be. I didn't feel like reading it after reading the epilogue.