Here’s what you need to know: Roth’s first book set outside of the Divergent universe is called Carve the Mark, its cover is gorgeous, it’s the first in a series, and, be still my heart, it’s a sci-fi fantasy novel that takes place in a galaxy far, far away. In a world where everyone grows into a power known as their currentgift, some powers are made to be exploited. Cyra’s ability, one that “gives her pain and power,” means she’s used by her brother, the tyrannical ruler of the Shotet people, as a tool of torture. Akos is a son of the peaceful Thuvhe people, but finds he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win his brother’s freedom when the two are abducted by Shotet soldiers. Will these two natural enemies come face to face? Yes, they will. Will they have to work together or die? All signs point to yes! Will they maybe, possibly develop an intense hatred-to-love bond (or…romance)? Only Roth and her editor know, so why am I already shipping these characters I haven’t met? We’ll all learn everything there is to know on…January 17 of next year. Yes, it’s a long time to wait, but we’re pretty sure the wait will be worth it.
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