Title: The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publish Date: April 10, 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
# of Pages: 450
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(From Goodreads) Fate 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.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 3
Plot Development – 3
Ending – 4
Characters – 3
Enjoyability – 3
Ease of Reading – 4
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth picks up where Carve the Mark left off. With everyone against each other, war is inevitable. Can they find common ground before they rip each other apart?
I really struggled with this book! On one hand, it was well-written and there was a lot of tension and action. On the other hand, it was hard to immerse myself into the book. I wasn’t getting sucked in. I was reading all of the words, but they weren’t having an impact. That was disappointing.
The pace was average. There were parts of the book that seemed to drag, but other parts of the book (especially the second half) flew by in a flurry of nail-biting events.
The overall plot was interesting, but the execution was shaky at times. I did appreciate the multiple perspectives. You get in the heads of Cyra, Akos, and Cisi. I like books with multiple perspectives, so this was a plus for me. That said, unfortunately nothing in this book pulled me in and forced me to care about any one character. They all could have died, and it wouldn’t have affected me. I want to care about the characters! I want to feel so close to them that their deaths would be like losing a good friend. Alas, that didn’t happen.
I did like the antagonist in The Fates Divide. It threw in a bit of a plot twist with the fates, so it was interesting to digest the interactions between the antagonist and the rest of the characters.
I liked the ending of the book. It ended on a high note, but it took a lot to get there. I liked the development of Cyra’s character in the last couple chapters of The Fates Divide. She became so much more real and complex towards the end.
The character development in the book was so-so. Cyra and Akos are the most developed characters. I would say they’re both interesting and unique. The rest of the characters tend to blend together for me. I have a hard time keeping them straight because there’s nothing that stands out about any of them.
Overall, this book was a bit disappointing for me. I rated Carve the Mark three stars as well, but I had high hopes that the series would get better. It was very “meh.”
Have you read any books by Veronica Roth? Which book is your favorite?
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