Oooookay. Let’s start by saying that Veronica Roth is one of my favourite authors and & I love her writing. Which is why I was super excited for Carve the Mark!
I wouldn’t say I was disappointed, but I was a bit lost.
In theory, this book had everything I wanted. It’s set in a different time & place as a dystopian fantasy & had hints at a lesbian romance without it being in your face, but just.. Normal. Which was so refreshing!
Basically everyone has a current gift, some have fates and the fated have been protected until now when there fates have been released to the public so they are in serious danger. Just go with it trust me, it will make sense soon.
Some people can also see into the future. Which is helpful but also not.
Through this story we swap chapters between Akos and Cyra. Yeah I have no idea how to say half of these names so the the sake of this review you should know how I read them in my head. Aa-cos & Ceri-ia, probably wring but hey my head read it and now thats how they will forever be known to me.
Doe anyone else do that? Like a book will say the character has brown hair and blue eyes but you think of them with blonde hair and a glass eye and it’s just how it is. No point in changing it 4 chapters in!
Anyway! Akos and Cyra are jumping through chapters, which I hate. Mainly because if I don’t pay attention I wonder why Akos is doing things Cyra shouldn’t, but then realise it’s her chapter not his.
The whole way through this book I struggled. Struggled to understand what was happening, struggling to see the point in things that were happening. Struggling to finish it at times. But I stuck with it because I had nothing else to read and paid 12.99 ON KINDLE for this book. Yeah, I know..
I couldn’t keep track of where they were, what plant was where, and was exhausted trying to keep up!
I guess the last thing to do is address the elephant in the room and talk about the controversy in this book. There were many many issues with book bloggers all over the world (except a choice few, who seemed to have been paid to love it). I don’t want to discuss too much about it because at this point it’s been a while since I read the book, and I’ve read more reviews since writing this one in my notebook where I think I’d be bias in talking about certain issues.
The issues raised won’t affect some people at all, and those people are lucky & will probably enjoy the book in it’s entirety.
& that’s all I have to say about this unless anyone wants to continue the discussion in the comments! I’ve had too much coffee today so need some friends to talk about this with!