Veronica Roth, international best selling author delivers again.
While I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the Divergent series it is no mystery that it was a huge success. Right here in my own home I’ve seen my daughter devour all four books in quick succession. Whatever magic recipe Ms Roth used for Divergent she’s managed to work on Carve the Mark, book one of two.
Carve the Mark is as story set in another time and place on planets that are foreign to us here on Earth. Both the female and male lead characters are strong on their own. This is nice because you don’t always want to be reading about a damsel in distress. However, when the two come together they are even better and stronger, ready to take on any thing that stands in their way.
There enough ins and outs to keep the story going without getting mixed up on where you are and what it has to do with what you’ve already read. I hate when you read a book and think, “Wow, that was good but what was the point of such and such or so and so?” Sometimes (quite a bit actually) I think that an author could have stood to make several stories out of the material they used on just one. But I digress.
Ms Roth uses such vivid descriptions as to make you see the alien landscapes and understand what adjustments the characters needed to make in order to flow in different environments. An important talent when writing about different worlds where you cannot assume that the reader automatically knows what something is.
This story is definitely suited to the YA crowd and I would even go so far as to say the upper mid-grade groups as well. The violence can get a bit much but it isn’t gratuitous. It has a point in the story. As far as sexual innuendo or encounters, they are in keeping with this age group and very mild. No more than a little kissing.
So here’s my take; Go, buy, read! Great YA sci-fi book with an ending that will make you look forward to the sequel!