I recently picked up Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth. I absolutely love her Divergent trilogy, it’s one of my favorite dystopian reads. I went into Carve The Mark knowing two things: 1. Its takes place in space. 2. There is a controversy over whether or not this book promotes racism and slavery. I will talk about that towards the end but for now here are my thoughts!
Veronica Roth has this ‘thing’ with killing characters, I fully support this because it gives the story that much more depth and suspense to keep you on alert. So lots of people die in this book and that’s just fine. Her characters were well developed and strong and didn’t instantaneously fall in love. We follow Cyra and Akos along a journey with feuding colonies. It’s told in dual perspective which is one of my favorite styles to read in. Akos is from Thuvhe, a frozen area of this planet full of gentle and duffle people. While Cyra is from a more brutal and forceful colony across The Divide, Shotet. Their paths cross when Akos is kidnapped and forced to serve Cyra’s family. They develope a friendship and later in the book a romance.
The setting is in space and on the planet that both Thuvhe and Shotet are trying to dominate. This is where I was slightly disappointed because I had very high expectations for the setting. I love space and stories that take place up in the great unknown and I love to see how the authors interpret this setting differently. The author didn’t give as much detail when it came to the setting, the descriptions of The Current (their power source) were wonderful but other than that I felt like it was very basic. The author did put a lot of work into the political aspect of this book and how the societies function so that help soften some of the disappointments from the setting.
Now on to the big kicker, does this book promote racism? In my opinion, no. I can see how some people may get that idea but you have to understand, these are two completely different civilizations fighting to control a planet. They are at war. Did we all sleep through history when we talked about World War One? They are not going to be polite with one another, there is going to be name calling and property being destroyed because again they are essentially at war with each other, they are fighting for their home with societies that have never come to an agreement about anything. One of these colonies Shotet isn’t even recognized by the Assembly as a legal society because they just showed up one day! They are accommodating to Shotet religious and cultural customs until that can be established but that doesn’t mean they are being racist. I’m not saying racism is a good thing because it’s not but it doesn’t happen in the book. People are over interpreting things. The next thing: does it promote slavery? Yes, there is slavery in the book. I don’t believe it promotes slavery as the book takes place in a futuristic setting but the customs and ways of the societies are very old worldly. The people have traditions as if they live in the early 1800’s. And the only reason about Akos being kidnapped and forced to work for the Noavak family (Cyra’s family) is because his fate (predetermined by the Oracle and as far as we know unchangable) said that he was going to die in service to the Noavak family. If his fate was different I don’t believe he would be in the situation he was in. So yes there is slavery in the book but the author follows the plot of the story, they didn’t just desire to enslave the main character.
Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars because the story was well deveoped and for going into it knowing very little I was surprised and will definitely be picking up the next one. Thank you for reading my rambles and until next time!
***This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review***When it comes to romance, it is definitely a genre that I have to be in the mood for. I enjoyed reading this debut novel and following the characters blossoming romance. I loved the characters as they were easy to relate to and I loved that music played a big role throughout the story because it is something I hold very dearly in my heart as my husband is a musician. But my absolute favorite part of this book was that there was no love triangles and no instant love. None!! It made the story refreshing! I enjoyed the authors writing as it was smooth and easy to follow and I loved the quirky names of the chapters. The main male character is a famous singer which at first didn’t sit well with me, I had a hard time believing that he would fall for an everyday person because we don’t see that happen. The one thing I wish was different was the box of love letters between Violet and Jonathan. I understood that it held an importance in the way our main character Tegen saw love but I don’t feel as if it was stressed enough. It was more of just popped in there and that deflated the value of these letters between them, it just didn’t fit for me and I wanted it to fit so bad! Over all I did enjoy this book and am looking forward to seeing more from Dallas Coryell in the future. Thanks for stopping by and until next time!
I want to talk about my 2016 favorite(s). I did have a few five star books that I read this past year: The Bees by Laline Paull, The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison, Illusionarium by Heather Dixon and many more. Like I mentioned in my introduction post I am not a picky reader so handing out 4 and 5 star reviews are not hard for me. But what is really hard for a book to do is make it to my favorites shelf. To do that the story has to stick with me well past when I finish reading. If I enjoy the book while reading it that is great, but if I enjoy that book six months after finishing it (that’s hard to do in my case) the spot is rightfully earned. The book that has stuck with me the longest this year is American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. I read his book back in April and I love it so much that I named one of my rabbits after the main character. Patrick Bateman is such a complex character and that makes him utterly fascinating, you just can’t help being drawn to him. He is charming successful and surprising in a horrible way. I have read graphic novels before but American Psycho is the most graphic and gruesome one yet. I don’t think I will find one that will top it. The writing is smooth and easy to follow, even when our characters thoughts are cut off mind sentence. You are inside this mans head for a majority of the story and it is a rough place to be. One moment he is calm and composed, making millions in his business and looking sharp (due to his ridiculous morning routine that never changes) and is charming as hell, then the next he is the most terrifying person you can imagine. I was consitantly wondering while reading “is this what actually goes on in a persons head when they are crazy?”. As you read you know what he is going to do next when his mood flips but I never imagined that every time would be worse than the last. This book had a solid five stars from me and a permanent spot in the favorites shelf before I was half way through. If you can handle gruesome and at times repulsing,American Psycho is a must read. It truly shook me to the core.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this book whether you have read it or not, let’s talk about it! Thanks for stopping by and until next time,
My name is Tiffany and I decided to start this blog so I can talk about the books I read with people who also love to read. A little about myself, I am originally from Las Vegas Nevada but currently live in New Mexico. My husband is a maintainer in the Air Force and I am currently perusing a degree in Early Childhood Education. I love to cook, do crafts and of course read. I read a little bit of everything, I’m not too picky. YA, Fantasy, Horror, Classics, you name it and I will read it. Some of my favorite authors include Aldous Huxley (he wrote one of my all time favorites, Brave New World), Colleen Hoover, Veronica Roth and many others. No one is able to have just one. I am in a book club called The Misfits because we are all a bunch of crazy women who want to read and drink wine all day, we read a book a month. My reading goals for 2017 are to read twenty-five books and a classic every three months. We will see how it goes, I am super excited! For now, since I am such a busy body, I am hoping to post once or twice a month. Once I get the hang of things I will try to have something up more often. I do have an Instagram for all my bookish photos: @Vegasbookjunkie. For now I thank you for your patience support and the time you take out of your day to read my rambles.