Breaking News         Latest US News              New York News              Fx Tribune

How to Compare Car Insurance Policies?
CaptionCloseVeronica Roth’s new young adult science fiction/fantasy novel “Carve the Mark” centers on two characters, Cyra and Akos, who are from opposite factions of a politically charged planet. Cyra comes from a society of brutality and...

Book review: ‘Divergent’ author Veronica Roth falls short in new space thriller

CaptionCloseVeronica Roth’s new young adult science fiction/fantasy novel “Carve the Mark” centers on two characters, Cyra and Akos, who are from opposite factions of a politically charged planet. Cyra comes from a society of brutality and...

Book review: ‘Divergent’ author Veronica Roth falls short in new space thriller

Caption

Close

Veronica Roth’s new young adult science fiction/fantasy novel “Carve the Mark” centers on two characters, Cyra and Akos, who are from opposite factions of a politically charged planet.

Cyra comes from a society of brutality and war, and Akos from one of peace and prosperity. When their paths cross, they must work together to understand their fates, prophesied by an oracle, and bring balance to the galaxy.

“Carve the Mark” includes well-crafted characters and a high-stakes plot line, but Roth, author of the best-selling “Divergent” trilogy, may have bitten off more than she can chew in building her new universe.

Cyra and Akos, the main characters and narrators, have captivating backstories and develop dynamically as characters throughout the course of the story.

Cyra tells the story in first person, while Akos’s story is told in the third, which I at first found confusing and unnecessary. Eventually, I realized that this format was very helpful in distinguishing between characters — and even added to the characters’ personalities.

Carve the Mark

By Veronica Roth

Katherine Tegen Books, $22.99

“Carve the Mark’s” narrative is intense, but the plot definitely lagged at times.

Even though the story centers around war and combat, most of the scenes involve around prolonged tension and anxiety for the reader than action. It’s a much slower pace than Roth’s readers have come to expect from her page-turning, action-filled, fast-paced writing style that characterized the “Divergent” trilogy. Here, she sometimes relying on romance to move the narrative along, which is quite disappointing.

The world of “Carve the Mark” is, however, very intriguing. The novel is set in an alien solar system where the Current, an energy force that flows through the whole galaxy, bestows a “currentgift,” or special power, upon each person once they hit adolescence.

Roth had so much potential to expand on this world in detail, and I would have loved to learn more about it. But her worldbuilding feels incomplete, and she tends to default to characteristics of the human world instead of taking the time to explain aspects of her own created world.

Even though the book is set in an alien universe, on an alien planet, the aliens seem a lot like humans, and the alien planet seems a lot like Earth.

Furthermore, a lot of the alien and fantastical elements included in the story are not explained at all, especially in the first few chapters, when the reader is thrown into the world with little or no explanation.

The dystopian genre of Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy allows the author to build on aspects of today’s society because that is where the futuristic details stem from. But, it seems Roth attempted to treat her science-fiction galaxy like a dystopian society, and it didn’t work.

“Carve the Mark” is nevetheless a fun read for fans of space and politics, mainly due to the wonderful characters. But most readers will need a lot of dedication to finish this 500-page volume, mostly because of lulls in the plot and lackluster worldbuilding.

Hanah Shields is a sophomore at Alamo Heights High School.

Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.

Publish Date : 01 Mart 2017 Çarşamba 01:36

Breaking News Headlines

Tipping in America- What Should You Know as a Traveler?
Tipping in America- What Should You Know as a Traveler?
Sepi proposes to the ex-minister Miguel Sebastian as a director of Indra
Sepi proposes to the ex-minister Miguel Sebastian as a director of Indra
There are two Spains in the employment
There are two Spains in the employment
Valerio dodge the shock with the CEOE and downgrade to 7% the rise of the bases maximum contribution
Valerio dodge the shock with the CEOE and downgrade to 7% the rise of the bases maximum contribution
Spain puts an end in the EU in four years of cuts in the quota of hake south
Spain puts an end in the EU in four years of cuts in the quota of hake south
The US Federal Reserve raises interest rates to 2.5%, but cooled expectations for 2019
The US Federal Reserve raises interest rates to 2.5%, but cooled expectations for 2019
Carlos Torres throws a 'dance' of managers in BBVA to promote the transformation of the bank
Carlos Torres throws a 'dance' of managers in BBVA to promote the transformation of the bank
One out of every three temporary contracts signed in the Basque country does not last one week
One out of every three temporary contracts signed in the Basque country does not last one week
Balearic islands, get the worst education in Europe
Balearic islands, get the worst education in Europe
The nine highways rescued will be free for the night and will fall by up to 30% during the rest of the day
The nine highways rescued will be free for the night and will fall by up to 30% during the rest of the day
Mango asks for a syndicated loan of 500 million to refinance its debt until 2023
Mango asks for a syndicated loan of 500 million to refinance its debt until 2023
Calviño: "it is Not desirable, from any point of view, the extension of the Budgets"
Calviño:
POLLS Results ALL
Who is the most powerful actor in Syria

Front Pages
  • The Sun
NEWS ARCHIVES