Carve the Mark #2

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June 7, 2018 by elnadesbookchat

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

Publication Date: April 10, 2018

Goodreads Summary:

Fates DivideFate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

With the addition of two powerful new voices, Veronica Roth’s sequel to Carve the Mark is a chorus of hope, humor, faith, and resilience.

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Confession:

I can not lie, I like long books.  This one was long, but not because of the page length, (450), but because of how much there is going on in this book.  The world building is also incredible, plus throw in all of the politics and you have a very interesting read.

I enjoyed the first book in this series, but I think I liked this one a little bit more.  There was perhaps less action, but the characters developed and grew more in this story.  Cyra and Akos’s relationship also changed and developed, especially after they learn what Akos’s mom did when they were infants.  I did not see that coming, although I always suspected something about Akos past that was close.  

I still like Cyra’s character.  She becomes a little softer in this book, in that she feels guilty about some of the things she does.  She does make some poor choices which causes huge ripples in her world, not only for herself but for all of Shotet.  Her feelings for Akos mature, but she makes some bad decisions concerning him as well.   She can still be tough and ruthless when needed though.  Her current gift also develops into something new, which was an interesting twist.

I love Akos, and will always have soft spot for him.  He goes through maybe the toughest times in this book.  He struggles with his feelings for Cyra, but also for his brother, sister and mother.  It would be so hard to have an Oracle as a mother, especially when you find out that she knew what was going to happen to him and his father and did nothing to prevent it.  His chapters were often heart breaking.  

I was a little disappointed in Lazmet’s character.  We heard stories all through the first book and this one about how ruthless and despicable he was.  But when we finally meet him, he just seemed like a cardboard character, nothing more than a tyrant and bully who kills for fun.  Granted, the other characters don’t interact with him much throughout the book, except in memories, but I just expected a bit more from him.

Two more points of view are added in this book Akos’s brother Eijeh and his sister Cisi.  I got why Cisi’s POV was added, she brought in a lot of what was going on in the political world of the Thuve, but I did not enjoy nor get the few chapters we got from Eijeh’s point of view.  I felt very sorry for him and his issues, they just didn’t seem to add to the plot.  There were also a few things that happened with Cisi that also didn’t seem necessary.

The world building in this series is absolutely amazing.  Roth doesn’t just create a single world, but a whole universe with many cultures and planets.  In this book the characters visit the planet Ogra, and pretty much anything native there, plants and animals are out to kill you.  That was almost more interesting than the rest of the story.  I would love to see a story set on this planet. 

The overall theme of the books is how knowing your fate can affect how you perceive yourself and the decisions you make.  I think being an oracle would be hard, knowing what was going to happen, but being unable to prevent it.  Akos’s relationship with his mother is irreparably harmed by her being an oracle.   His whole perspective on his life with his family, before he was kidnapped was changed because of her.  His relationship with Cyra suffered as well.  

A great second book that brings everything to an excellent conclusion.  I am good with this ending, but I would love to see other stories set in this universe. 

 

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