Carve the Mark Book Review

Carve the Mark is the first book in the Carve the Mark Duology by Veronica Roth


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 recognises 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? 


Roth does a fantastic job building the characters Akos and Cyra as we read about their lives growing up. We also gain insight into their family and friends. The world is diverse and there is political chaos on the horizon that is inflamed by people’s fates.

I was drawn to the book as it is set on a different planet where people develop different powers called currentgifts, which are bestowed by a current that runs through the galaxy. Some people love their gifts, but some like the main characters, find it a burden. I found the book slow paced and found it difficult at times to continue reading.

Akos gets kidnapped and meets Cyra and her brother is where the book got interesting to me as I wanted to find out how he escapes. The changing relationship between Cyra and Akos was a bit interesting and I’m curious to see what’s in store in the final book.

2.5/5 stars

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