It’s day 2 in our #CarveTheMarkCountdown celebration – our seventeen day long event where we’re giving you with exclusive Carve the Mark content every day until the release of Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth’s new spacetastic YA novel, on January 17, 2017! If you’re crazy excited about Veronica Roth’s new series, but aren’t totally sure what the book is about, then welcome to your guide to the world of CARVE THE MARK! Below, we’ll be telling you everything you need to know about Carve The Mark before you read it!
Let’s break it down.
Most of CARVE THE MARK takes place on the snow-covered planet of Thuvhe. The planet is inhabited by two extremely different nations of people- Shotet and Thuvhe. Yes,Thuve is the name of both the planet and culture. Stick with us! Though they’re only separated by a stretch of hallucinogenic feathergrass, the two cultures couldn’t be any more different. The Shotet scavenge, valuing the reuse of other culture’s items and exports. The Thuvhe? are a more peace loving state of people.They love iceflowers. Especially hushflowers, which are beautiful, rich and red, but also extremely useful in tonics. As you might have guessed, the two groups are not really huge fans of each other, which might definitely causes a few issues.
The current is a kind of energy that flows through all the planets, and appears in the sky as “the currentstream” (think a magical version of the Northern Lights!). It gives each person a special power called a currentgift. The currentgift you develop is closely tied to the kind of person you are and can be influenced by important things that happen to you.
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Her currentgift causes her to be in constant pain and to inflict pain on anyone she touches—so her brother uses her as a weapon to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
The evil brother mentioned above. His currentgift allows him to trade memories with other people, which sounds really cool but of course he uses his power in a twisted way to further his agenda to gain control of Thuvhe.
Akos is from Thuvhe but he and his brother are captured by the Shotet, and he’s desperate to get them both out alive. Akos’ power is that he cancels out other people’s currentgifts, so he’s the only person who can stop Cyra from feeling pain. But will Akos and Cyra end up helping or hurting each other?
Brother of Akos and prisoner of the Shotet, Eijeh’s currentgift and fate put a huge target on his back.
Though she doesn’t get taken by the Shotet, Cisi is no less ready for action than her brothers. She’s Akos and Eijeh’s only sister and a calming force between them.
Akos, Eijeh, and Cisi’s mother, Sifa is the sitting oracle of Thuvhe. That means that the current grants her the ability to see visions of the future – a super useful gift when your planet might be on the brink of war.
Ryzek’s right-hand man, Vas is a celebrated Shotet soldier who is tasked with guarding Akos and Cyra. His currentgift grants him the power to not feel pain, so he’s one of the extremely few people who can touch Cyra consequence-free.
In this world, there are also Oracles who can see the fate of certain people. Cyra, Ryzek, and Akos each have a fate that connects them to each other, for better or worse. But can their fate be avoided—or is it destined to come true? You’ll have to read CARVE THE MARK to find out!
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Did you know if you pre-order Carve the Mark (or if you’ve already pre-ordered it) and you live in the United States or Canada, you are elligible to receive the *exclusive and brand new* epilogue to the Divergent series? Find out how you can get We Can Be Mended here!
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