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review 2017-08-01 13:30
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Carve the Mark - Veronica Roth

This book was way different from Divergent, but not in the good way. I was a fan of Roth's other series and I even remember enjoying Allegiant during some parts (definitely not as much as the other two books), but I just couldn't get into this one.

 

When I picked this book up I had no idea that it was controversial. I hadn't read any reviews or really looked up the book at all, I just saw that Veronica Roth had written it and thought that I would give it a try. I am not claiming to be an expert of racism, but I don't really see why this book is so controversial. Yes, there are two groups of people of different races that are at odds, but it makes sense for the people from Thuvhe to be lighter skinned because of the climate they live in. People in colder climes tend to have much lighter skin because their skin needs to be able to absorb more vitamin D due to the fact that the sun isn't as strong (please don't quote me on this, I'm just trying to remember what I learned from classes I've taken). The Shotet live in a much milder climate, so it makes sense from them to have darker skin. Am I an expert? God no, but I'm struggling to understand why this book is so controversial. 

 

Anyway, moving on from that. This book was not at all what I expected. Divergent was a faced paced thrilling story, while Carve the Mark seemed to drag on forever. The first chapter was extremely difficult to get into. So many names are thrown around. There's a lot of confusion and it felt kind of like a mess and I was so close to just stopping there because it was that unappealing. It was too much all at once, but at the same time it seemed to move at a snail's pace. While the rest of the book definitely improved from the first chapter, the pacing did not and honestly my overall confusion wasn't really cleared up.Time seemed to fly by in a matter of pages, but it didn't feel like it and it was sometimes hard to remember that however many years had passed. I think at one point during the book it was mentioned that Akos was fifteen when he started training with Cyra, but like I'm pretty sure he was older than that when it was mentioned and I didn't realize that Akos and Cyra had known each other for years now. It was really odd and confusing. 

 

The characters weren't bad, but they also didn't stand out. Cyra was alright, but I dreaded reading Akos's chapters. They were so boring and honestly I didn't really care much about Akos in the first place so I didn't really want to read about his POV. I did think that Cyra's currentgift was the most interesting part of the entire book. I definitely liked the idea behind currentgifts and the current, but I kind of wanted a little more explanation. Also I saw the romance between Akos and Cyra coming from a mile away. I wasn't really insta love, but it also didn't feel believable. When they first kissed it kind of felt like it came out of nowhere. 

 

And now for the plot. For maybe a little less than half of the book, I kept asking myself "where is the plot?" It was basically nonexistent for a large chunk of the book and this left me feeling like there was no direction to the story for awhile. Once the plot did get going though I did enjoy it, but it wasn't really original.

 

Overall, I'm really disappointed by this book. I was a fan of Roth's other series so I was expecting a lot more from this book, but it didn't deliver. I probably won't be picking up the next book, unless it gets really good reviews.

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-15 23:57
Divergent - Veronica Roth

The main character of the divergent novel is named Beatrice Prior. She was born and raised in the Abnegation (selflessness) faction. But she’s always felt like she doesn’t fit in in that faction because she’s not as selfless as her mother, as kind as her brother, or as good of a citizen as her father. With the choosing ceremony coming up, she takes her test and finds out that she’s Divergent, meaning that she doesn’t fit neatly into one faction like society wants her to. Because she’s alway felt different, she decides to leave her family and transfers factions.

 

I don’t read as much as I used to, but I’ve read enough books to know that we usually like, or at least kind of like the main characters because we know every part of their story better than everyone else’s. The number one reason I like Beatrice Prior so much is that she’s self-sufficient. In lots of stories, the protagonist has to be saved time after time because they can’t save themselves. But in Divergent Tris can save herself, and she’s independent. She symbolizes woman empowerment, and she’s strong even when things seem hopeless.

 

Not only does she never give up, but she’s smart and strategic. She can come up with plans to get out of sticky situations and can carry them out. What’s so special about her is that she really would die for her friends and family. Her test results were partly Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation. Her bravery is constantly proven throughout the story. When she chooses to transfer to Dauntless, in her simulations, when she got on the train after being beaten so badly by Peter, and so many more times. Her knowledge is proven when she forms the plan to shut down the simulation, and in her test when she responds to the dog attacking the girl. She shows selflessness when she takes Al’s place in front of the throwing knives target.


Beatrice constantly surprises us, and usually in a good way. She’s a unique character, and it’s super interesting to read her story, and the way that everything was detailed and described made you feel like you were there with her, and you could clearly imagine what was happening. The character was created extremely well. It was a great story to read and would definitely recommend it.

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text 2017-05-12 17:17
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Divergent - Veronica Roth

The best way to describe this book is a cliff hanger. This book had me on the edge of my seat. It honestly had me heart broken when the author killed off the parents. That part had me almost in tears.

I don't usually get interested in books, they really aren't my thing. This book has to be my favorite book ever. This book captured my attention, unlike any other. I liked being on the edge of my seat. I feel like I'm there in every scene. I really think the author did a really good job at describing the characters in little details here and there. She didn't just dump a whole lot of information about them in two or three paragraphs. She gave us little hints in every other chapter or so. So we'd love the characters even deeper. I really like the character Tris.

Tris is a very different breed of person. Well, she's divergent. She's an outsider. She isn't built like everyone else. She's her own person, she grew up as abnegation, but that isn't necessarily her thing. She's very independent. She's very close to herself. I'd say she isn't very close to anyone not even her own mother.She never feels like she belongs, but she loves to explore. If she could live in every faction, I would think she would.

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review 2017-05-10 22:42
Carve the Mark
Carve the Mark - Veronica Roth

I honestly don't know how to feel about this book.  I wanted to like it, but I couldn't help but notice the vaguely racist tone to it.  And that turned me off the entire story.

 

The story revolves around Akos and Cyra, two people from different tribes.  They share a planet, but share no peace.  Akos is from the Thuvhe nation, the son of one of the three Oracles.  This places him in the equivalent of the upper middle class.  And he is white.  Normally, I could care less about race and rarely find a need to even mention it, but it is important here.  Cyra is from the Shotet nation, the sister of the tyrannical leader of their people.  And she is black.

 

Why is race important?  Because the Thuvheits are portrayed as peaceful and civilized, while the Shotet are brutal savages.  Yes, the race lines are blurred between the two main characters, but the characterization still exists.  Even the languages of the two tribes is described in privileged ways.  The Thuvhe language is described as beautiful and lyrical, while the Shotet language is called harsh with its stops and hard sounds.

 

There were moments where the brutality displayed by the Shotet ruler were essentially rape.  True, it wasn't sexual, but it involved forcible entry and theft into another's mind.  It makes sense within the book, but I don't want to give it away.

 

It was because of this brutality that Cyra's gift manifested, the trigger being pain.  When medical advice is sought, she is told that the pain she feels comes from herself, is her choice, and is her fault.  Later, she makes the comment that she deserves it.  The pain was caused by what amounts to rape, but her character feels she deserves the pain?  That idea is very reminiscent of the rape culture.

 

And lastly, the religion of the Shotet seemed to be based at least in part on the Muslim faith.  There was a lot of negativity in its portrayal and that just seemed to perpetuate stereotypes.

 

Even aside from all of that, I just couldn't connect to the characters.  The story was slow and even when it did pick up, it was too late for me.  All in all, I think I will pass on the rest of the series.

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text 2017-05-09 15:51
Divergent - Veronica Roth

Before I read this book, I did not really like reading at all. In fact, I kind of hated it. Probably because I was never introduced to books I would like. But, this book, is the book that made me love reading. It was such a good book start my reading obsession. I loved the story and the characters. This book was quick paced which made it easy to follow. This book was the perfect combination of dystopian, adventure, and romance. If you love anything like that this book would be for you! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!

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