Veronica Roth, the bestselling author of the “Divergent” series, delivers yet another action-packed, science fiction series called “Carve the Mark.” The story follows two important characters, Cyra and Akos, who live among nine different planets, Othyr, Koloande, Ogra, Essander, Zold, Pitha, Trella, Tepes and Thuvhe/Urek, of which all live by different rules under different governments. In this galaxy, an invisible force called “the current” flows through every living thing, giving every person a “currentgift.” Cyra Noavek is Shotet and her brother, Ryzek Noavek, is the current leader of the Shotet. Cyra’s currentgift gives her the ability to inflict pain with a simple touch. Sibling rivalry goes to a whole new level in this book, both with Crya and her brother Ryzek and with Akos and Eijeh. The Shotet have a ritual during which they use a currentblade, a type of knife, to carve a mark on their arm every time they kill someone. By this, the Shotet remember those who are gone and show respect to the family of the victim. On the other side of the planet, Akos Kereseth and his family lived in peace and happiness until the Shotet found that he and his older brother, Eijeh, and were fate-favored, meaning they are destined to have a bright and successful future. The two brothers are ultimately captured, and Akos becomes a servant to Cyra, and they are forced to depend on one another in ways neither could have forseen, not only to save each other but those they love. With unbelievable twists and turns, Roth’s new series will not disappoint. The sequel is expected to release soon.
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