A Look At ‘Carve the Mark’ by Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth (Image Credit: Nelson Fitch) / CARVE THE MARK (Image Credit: HarperCollins)

Veronica Roth (Image Credit: Nelson Fitch) / CARVE THE MARK (Image Credit: HarperCollins)

Fans of the Divergent series and sci-fi alike, get ready! Veronica Roth’s new book, Carve The Mark, will hit shelves on January 17, 2017, and it sounds like another blockbuster.

Carve The Mark is the story of two brothers who live in a galaxy ruled by violence and vengeance where everyone has an amazing ability and fate is predetermined. In order to protect his sibling, one brother has to make an unlikely ally that ultimately turns into something more.

Over the past few weeks, Roth has been revealing details about the book, and it sounds like a gripping read set in a complex universe full of conflict. Unlike the Divergent series where things were clearly good or evil and Tris, the main character, was a true hero willing to do whatever she had to for the greater good, Carve The Mark has main characters that are more ambiguous. Instead of doing whatever it takes for the greater good, it sounds like we’ll see a lot of internal conflict and characters struggling to do what’s best for themselves and those they love.

I’m incredibly excited for this new duology. As a long-time fan of fantasy and sci-fi books, I’ve read a lot of books that, although entirely unrelated, feel like just slightly different versions of the same story. Carve The Mark sounds like it’s going to be a fairly unique experience.

Based off of the information Roth has released, all of the characters in her new duology have unique abilities. Some abilities benefit the individual, and others are more of a danger than a help. One of the main characters, Cyra, has an ability that causes her constant pain which she can also use to make others feel pain. I’m interested to see how these powers work in the world Roth has created and to hopefully see some cool powers manifest in the characters.

Roth has also said that characters have predetermined fates. While it’s not entirely clear if every character’s path in life is predestined, we do know that some characters know what their fate is and can’t avoid it. I think this will be an incredibly interesting twist – as Roth said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, instead of the suspense of wondering what’s going to happen next, readers will experience a sense of dread from knowing what may be coming.

I’m also hoping romance takes a back seat in this series. It feels like almost every young adult novel has a major romantic subplot, so having a toned-down love story (if any love story at all) might be a nice change of pace. Even if a romantic interest was hinted at but never fully formed, I’d be happy.

If you can’t wait until January (if you can’t, I don’t blame you!), you can check out a sneak peak of the book here.

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