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Book Title: Carve the Mark Author: Veronica Roth Number of pages: 468
In a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:
– Two narrators alternating between first (Cyra) and third (Akos) POV
– World building is fragmented; lacks cohesiveness and not enough substance to support the vast world(s) this book is set in
– Conveniently written characters and plot devices
– Google articles per racism and ableism for Carve the Mark; also the triggering meaning behind the book title is related to self-harm
– Currentgifts (abilities) are unoriginal if you’re familiar with X-Men etc.
– Villains, what villains?
Here is my attempt at a conscientious review fully aware of the criticism this book has garnered.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Carve the Mark from Chapters Indigo.
Alternatives is the tagline feature for other forms of entertainment outside of discussing literature. These posts may encompass television, movies, games, and music with a randomized flavour of the moment approach to each post.
Movies – Insurgent (2015)
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Action, Adventure, Thriller
Duration: 119 Minutes
Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Screenplay By: Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, Mark Bomback
I disliked this adaptation.
Okay—now that I got that out of the way, let’s start from the humble beginnings of the trailer, shall we?
Trailer: There’s a box.
Reader: What’s inside the box?
Trailer: A box.
Reader: Another box?
Trailer: No, just a box.
(A likely conversation a reader of Insurgent will have with the trailer. No, but really, what’s inside the box?)