A review by camigy
Carve the Mark, by Veronica Roth

adventurous hopeful tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


i picked up this book with no expectations whatsoever and i think that ended up working in my favor. The world building is actually cool, i really like the idea of everyone having a current-gift and it being a reflection of who they are and the life that they lived. Also i rly loved when they traveled to different planets and the idea that a galaxy works kinda like the world where each planet functions kinda like a country and they have laws and bla bla.

Plot-wise it was kinda slow, there was a lot of walking around and showing Akos this new world, which fine whatever show us more about the world, but also something should be happening in the background, right? Then shit starts happening and all i kept thinking was "i've read this before" every single "take down the government" novel is the same as this one, but the world kinda made up for it for me

The characters were fine ig, there's nothing really special about them and i wasn't especially attached, but they were likable, Cyra was one of the very few narrators that didn't annoy the hell out of me half way through the book, Akos was kinda bland and every side character wasn't rly developed so they were j ok

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