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Title: The Fates Divide
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Published April 10th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 9780062426956
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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—recla 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.

30 review for The Fates Divide

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    I got this on the strength of Divergent not the last book in this series. This was a lot better then the first book. I wanted to give it 3.5 stars but is it such an improvement on the last book I thought it deserved a round up rather then down. It is still very slow paced, and there are probably less fights in this book then there were in the last book, but the story is much better and fills in many of the holes/problems in the first book. There is a lot more political intrigue, maneuvering, and I got this on the strength of Divergent not the last book in this series. This was a lot better then the first book. I wanted to give it 3.5 stars but is it such an improvement on the last book I thought it deserved a round up rather then down. It is still very slow paced, and there are probably less fights in this book then there were in the last book, but the story is much better and fills in many of the holes/problems in the first book. There is a lot more political intrigue, maneuvering, and manipulation along with some big plot twist. The book is written in the first person for Cyra, and Cisi (Akos' sister), and in the third person for Akos himself. This I think was a good choice as in the past Veronica Roth has said she write better in the voice of her female characters. Since the last book the brutal war on the planet Thuvhe, between the Thuvhe and the warrior nomadic Shotet has been notices and taken center stage in the interplanetary politics. Everyone has their own agenda. With the return of the most ruthless leader for the Shotet people causalities are mounting on both sides. Is all hope for peace gone? Akos, Cyra and Cisi has seen their fates as both a curse and a burden. Now they might has to accept that their fates were just the start of their journey and their gifts/powers can be used for so much more. Maybe it is the comic fan in my but I love when people push the boundries or find new applications for their powers. These characters current gifts develop as much as their characters in this book. The book starts off as slowly as the other book left off, you have to get past the first 150 pages for the book to really get going the last 200 or so pages is where it really turner into a page turner. However they are still parts that are drawn out or not the best thought out plans. This could be put down to the characters being quite young and reckless, so no knock on the writing. I good book I am glad I persevered with it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina The Trash Queen

    I'm in the minority side who actually really enjoy reading the first book Carve the Mark. Cyra and Akos better not die or else I’m going to be pissed 😤😠.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Henni Ro

    As I was one of the few who actually liked the first book Carve the Mark I am really excited for this continuation of the story! Edit 16th April - Thoughts I enjoyed The Fates Divide more than the first one. This was a good continuation of the story. I felt immersed into it right away - Veronica Roth didn't take long to get right to business. The characters and their relations felt more flashed out - it was like a game of chess and we saw every piece move across the board. It didn't feel like Cyra As I was one of the few who actually liked the first book Carve the Mark I am really excited for this continuation of the story! Edit 16th April - Thoughts I enjoyed The Fates Divide more than the first one. This was a good continuation of the story. I felt immersed into it right away - Veronica Roth didn't take long to get right to business. The characters and their relations felt more flashed out - it was like a game of chess and we saw every piece move across the board. It didn't feel like Cyra and Akos were the main characters at times - the rest were just as important if not more. I noticed this already in the Divergent series - sometimes the side characters are more important to Veronica Roth than her actual main characters. I didn't have a problem with it in this case - it all played into the theme of "the fates", the invisible hand moving the pieces across the chess board. And no side was painted evil - Thuve and Shotet may be enemies, but both sides have their good and bad people. And just because of the bad people, you can't condemn the good people aswell. This was made clear perfectly throughout the book. Veronica Roth really has a way with titles - she always stays true to the theme. And she always comes back to the title/the theme of the title, in this case Fate. It all revolved around fate - are you the slave of your fate or can you choose your own fate? I absolutely love this about all of her books! The twists and turnes were real! At one point I just sat there, jaw dropping and needed to take a minute to process all the information. This story kept me hooked all the way through! And I absolutely loved this book, up until the actual ending. I think the problem was that I had Allegiant in my head and expected such an ending. I couldn't stop comparing it. It would've been a pleasing ending, if Veronica Roth wasn't the author. I honestly absolutely loved Allegiant and its ending. (view spoiler)[ I would've loved for Cyro and Akos to die. Ok, that sounds cruel. But then they would've become martyrs, legends even. Their sacrifice would be the ultimate reminder for the rest of this solar system, a reason to keep the piece. A Kereseth and Noavek dying for each other, their people enemies at war, but their love is undying. Ok, my little fantasy is probably getting out of hand here ... maybe the way Veronica Roth wrote it, it's better :'D (hide spoiler)] I would love this to become a movie. Honestly, I think this could be turned into a great movie adaptation! Edit 14th April 2018 It's here!!! I have it <3 Can't wait to read it, though I am a bit anxious hahaa Edit 13th Dec 2017 OMG!!! The cover and title dropped at the same time! Honestly, I love the title, and the cover is aesthetically pleasing (it's gonna fit perfectly to the 1st book), I am still super excited for this book :D

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    There is no way I'm going to be able to wait until 2018 for this. EDIT : 1/6/2018 "He'd die for her. She'd kill for him." If you aren't intrigued yet, I don't even know what to tell you. Plus, I absolutely love the cover. It's going to beautifully on my shelf beside the first one:)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I actually really loved the completion of this duology! I remember being hesitant about reading the first book when it first came out because of the mixed reviews but I usually don’t let that prevent me from checking out a book, and I actually did enjoy the first. But in my opinion, this second book was even better! There were so good twists and yeah someone does die in the first 20 pages, but the story just keeps you interested. I honestly probably would have said this is a one sitting read but I actually really loved the completion of this duology! I remember being hesitant about reading the first book when it first came out because of the mixed reviews but I usually don’t let that prevent me from checking out a book, and I actually did enjoy the first. But in my opinion, this second book was even better! There were so good twists and yeah someone does die in the first 20 pages, but the story just keeps you interested. I honestly probably would have said this is a one sitting read but it was really nice out and my husband was home and the dogs wanted to go out a lot so had distraction after distraction. Anyways, this is a good finale to the duology. I am completely satisfied with this duology! Enjoyed it very much! My quick and simple overall: everyone plays out for their fates but the fate isn’t set in stone with the way it works out. Very entertaining conclusion!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liv Wright

    It's gonna be awesome guys!!!!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I was lucky enough to read The Fates Divide early. Not only is it filled with the kind of wonder and inventiveness that makes sci-fi a joy to read, it's a thoughtful, clever exploration of strength through its characters--particularly its female characters--that asks us to think differently about how we are strong and how we can be strong in the face of unimaginable odds . . . and to never, ever underestimate ourselves. On top of that, the worldbuilding is excellent, it's action-packed, tension- I was lucky enough to read The Fates Divide early. Not only is it filled with the kind of wonder and inventiveness that makes sci-fi a joy to read, it's a thoughtful, clever exploration of strength through its characters--particularly its female characters--that asks us to think differently about how we are strong and how we can be strong in the face of unimaginable odds . . . and to never, ever underestimate ourselves. On top of that, the worldbuilding is excellent, it's action-packed, tension-filled, romantic af, smart and beautifully written. When I got to the final page of Cyra and Akos's story, I was so moved by and satisfied with their journey, it could only go on my All Time Favs shelf. Absolute must-reads. Loved them both. - THAT COVER! 😍 http://www.epicreads.com/blog/carve-t... Loved CTM. Am so ready for The Fates Divide.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sepani

    Am I the only one who didn't enjoy the book? Why is her writing is so hard for me to understand? I really tried to get along with the story line but unfortunately it didn't happen.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aditi

    “When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be.” ----Julia Glass Veronica Roth, the international bestselling author, is back with a bang and with her new book called, The Fates Divide that marks the end of this fantastic duology named, Carve the Mark. Up in the galaxy of stars and lives, two major planets are at war, and the fates of two teenagers who also happen to be in love with one another, are about to change drasticall “When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be.” ----Julia Glass Veronica Roth, the international bestselling author, is back with a bang and with her new book called, The Fates Divide that marks the end of this fantastic duology named, Carve the Mark. Up in the galaxy of stars and lives, two major planets are at war, and the fates of two teenagers who also happen to be in love with one another, are about to change drastically, that might not only bring war but will also divide them. And when a tyrannical ruler comes back from the dead, everyone in that galaxy is fearing for their lives, but can these two teenagers unite with one another to erase their common enemy before it turns into a bloodbath, despite of what their fates hold for them? This is an immensely power-packed ending to Roth's duology about an inter-spatial drama. Synopsis: In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfil their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives. 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. Cyra and Akos along with Cyra's ruthless killer brother, and their friends and families, have all escaped the dangerous planet of Shotet and are all now flying towards somewhere safe. But tragedy occurs in the spaceship and their plan changes, and gradually, more drama and twist unfolds in the lives of two young and fearless teenagers Cyra and Akos. And when the news of Cyra's ruthless killer father being alive hits the planets, panic breaks out and before it is too late, both the teenagers must try to stop him, even though one of them is the offspring of that vile ruler of Shotet. But can they, because their fates are telling otherwise? Unlike the first book in the series, this book screams ACTION in big, bold, capital letters. The story takes a 360 degree turn right from the very beginning, and will surprise the readers at its every turn. The world building is done and dusted in the previous books, so this one only focuses on the characters and the actual story. No fussy romance is present in this book, thank god for that!, as that would have marred the essence of this book. Hence the author has included with only chemistry between the two protagonists, and a subtle hint of romance between them, although there are some major love making scenes which really felt crappy to read about in the story. Nevertheless, the elements of the book are presented in a right manner and every factor has made it an extremely intriguing book in this series. The writing style by the author is simply fantastic and extremely coherent, laced tightly with drama and action. The twists in this book are absolutely unforeseeable and will leave the readers anticipating till the climax to find out what happens next. The dialogues are okay, not that great, what mattered here is the myriad perspectives of the four main and important characters, and through their voices, the readers get to contemplate with the story line. The actions scenes are penned very strikingly, that give an adrenaline-rushing feel to those scenes. The characters are explored really well, both with their flaws and with their strong aspects, to make them look real and believable in the eyes of the readers. The main character, Cyra and Akos, have developed a bit more in this installment, they looked mature which reflected in their thoughtful and wise decisions. The two other characters are relatively new and their fresh voice added life to this dark inter-spatial drama. In short, all the characters are very layered and felt really good to read about them. In a nutshell, the story is gripping, with interesting set of characters, that drive the story with their powerful voices. And that climax is really something, totally worth the wait for this book. Verdict: A must read series for the dystopian fans! Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers from Harper Collins India for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meg Reid

    While the first novel was very much a world-building novel that focused on just one or two specific locations, The Fates Divide is somehow more of an introspective character piece that spans across different planets. It focuses less on the larger world and more on how the characters perceive it. The world-building in Carve the Mark was done through the characters of Cyra, Akos, and company, but the world-building in The Fates Divide is what complicates and develops the characters’ interpersonal While the first novel was very much a world-building novel that focused on just one or two specific locations, The Fates Divide is somehow more of an introspective character piece that spans across different planets. It focuses less on the larger world and more on how the characters perceive it. The world-building in Carve the Mark was done through the characters of Cyra, Akos, and company, but the world-building in The Fates Divide is what complicates and develops the characters’ interpersonal relationships. It’s a really fascinating, yet subtle, switch. Another way The Fates Divide is different from its predecessor is the pacing and urgency of the story itself. The political intrigue, as well as the constant threat of pain and suffering, set a pretty quick pace in Carve the Mark. The Fates Divide is much more deliberate and slow-moving. Yes, political intrigue, pain, and physical suffering are still present, but they’re not the driving force of the novel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Why do I read a book right after it comes out knowing I'm going to love it and then have to wait an entire year for the sequel??

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stepheny

    KELLY!!! I need you. You there? Ok. I’m about to have a Veronica Roth rant and I figured you’d enjoy it. I am so disappointed. More than most fans were with Allegiant. Personally, I loved Allegiant, but hey to each their own. This book, however, is a different story altogether. When I read Carve the Mark I loved it! I could not get enough of Cyra and Akos. Two star-crossed lovers if ever there were. The world was a little much. I am not going to lie. I was overwhelmed with the vastness of the int KELLY!!! I need you. You there? Ok. I’m about to have a Veronica Roth rant and I figured you’d enjoy it. I am so disappointed. More than most fans were with Allegiant. Personally, I loved Allegiant, but hey to each their own. This book, however, is a different story altogether. When I read Carve the Mark I loved it! I could not get enough of Cyra and Akos. Two star-crossed lovers if ever there were. The world was a little much. I am not going to lie. I was overwhelmed with the vastness of the intergalactic world Roth created. There was just too much of it. The language she tried to throw in there was inconsistent and unnecessary, but the characters and their interactions made Carve the Mark all that it was to me. The first few chapters of the Fates Divide pick up where Carve the Mark ended. Typically, this is great. Not this time. Roth decided to kill off the villain in the opening chapters leaving me wondering what all the development was for. Why spend all this time building a great villain just to have him killed uneventfully in the opening pages? Because plot. We move on to a new argument that is mundane and seemingly pointless but of course leads to a war. Because everyone in the galaxy wanted said villain dead but as soon as he’s killed everyone gets all up in arms over a.) who did it and b.) how it was done. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. Who gives a shit? He’s dead. Be happy. Celebrate. Then we get a bombshell. And I can’t sugarcoat it, Roth definitely pulled the carpet out from under my feet with this one. It was a doozy! Instead of it bringing our two lovers closer together it, OF COURSE, drives them apart. Akos leaves without a word to Cyra. They’re both filled with self-loathing and each have their own secret missions. Where they could have just spoken with one another like responsible adults, they act like immature assholes and go their separate ways. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND MY FRUSTRATION HERE. Cyra and Akos were wonderful and Roth fucking ruined them in this sequel. I just don’t fucking understand what she was going for here. “Ah, I’m all wounded and broken and misunderstood”. Give me a break!!!! They had great chemistry and their relationship was a beautiful thing and what I wanted here was to see them together, holding hands in public and rubbing their love in the faces of EVERYONE. Instead we get a pointless war. We get characters with no meaning. We get POV’s that we don’t need that serve to add confusion to an already muddled storyline. I kept waiting and waiting for this to get better. It never did. I can’t even begin to tell you how angry I am. (Maybe as angry as Kelly was when she got to Allegiant?) I just felt like she dropped the ball big time here. Now, I am not saying I won’t ever pick up another book written by Roth, but MY GOD WOMAN, you’re better than this!!! This “world” was way too much and not enough at the same time. Figure it the fuck out and start again. BLECH!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    The fates divide 3.75⭐ The first book was more political which is why i wasnt a fan but this book (after having the world and political details already formed) was alot better. I love the friendships and how each character has their own personality and attitude that shines through so clearly without having to directly say it but how they say it. I like that they needed to ration and fight through the days it was realistic for a dystopian. If you didnt really like carve the mark pick this up anywa The fates divide 3.75⭐️ The first book was more political which is why i wasnt a fan but this book (after having the world and political details already formed) was alot better. I love the friendships and how each character has their own personality and attitude that shines through so clearly without having to directly say it but how they say it. I like that they needed to ration and fight through the days it was realistic for a dystopian. If you didnt really like carve the mark pick this up anyway because it was much better and I really enjoyed it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

    Not so bad conclusion to this duology (at least I think is a 2-book series) , but it lacked more structure and plot development. Character development was the greatest thing this series did and it’s minor characters but the plot suffered and it felt like the main plot for the second book (lazmet “Cyra’s dad ) was barely used or given any depth , therefore the whole book suffered. The three stars rating comes from the main characters development alone . Looking forward for whatever else this auth Not so bad conclusion to this duology (at least I think is a 2-book series) , but it lacked more structure and plot development. Character development was the greatest thing this series did and it’s minor characters but the plot suffered and it felt like the main plot for the second book (lazmet “Cyra’s dad ) was barely used or given any depth , therefore the whole book suffered. The three stars rating comes from the main characters development alone . Looking forward for whatever else this author comes up with in the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Khrysy

    First off I need to start by saying that I like(d) the first book a lot. I rated it 4 stars. I placed it in the “ilovethissomuch” list that I use to recommend to my real-life friends. I freaked out mentally whenever I saw someone holding a Veronica Roth book in their hands, Carve The Mark or not. I know a good number of people who don’t like this series at all, but I do (did), so much. So you can imagine how much it hurts for me to say that The Fates Divide was an extremely, unbelievably, ohgodd First off I need to start by saying that I like(d) the first book a lot. I rated it 4 stars. I placed it in the “ilovethissomuch” list that I use to recommend to my real-life friends. I freaked out mentally whenever I saw someone holding a Veronica Roth book in their hands, Carve The Mark or not. I know a good number of people who don’t like this series at all, but I do (did), so much. So you can imagine how much it hurts for me to say that The Fates Divide was an extremely, unbelievably, ohgoddingly, painful read. It just....I don’t know what happened to me. Is it even me? My tastes might have changed after reading all kinds of books after Carve The Mark. I know for one The Raven Cycle series had recently changed me forever, that’s probably it, right? I don’t even know anymore but I do know my tremendous dislike for this book. [Synopsis removed to make this a spoiler-free review for Carve The Mark] It’s like that person you thought was nice all along but ended up betraying you in the end. Or that pretty book you saw in store and was an instant-buy but ended up disappointing you afterwards (true story). WHY O WHY HAVE I BEEN LED TO THIS FATE? All my fangirling and love for the characters went poof..just like that. I don’t even know if I can ever recover from the huge punch this book gave me. What I so hopefully expected: More action, needed sacrifices (which was hinted so clearly on the blurb), excitement, more ships and especially the unexpected. What I actually got: Slow pace. No action. Just nothiNG. Nothing but plain disappointment. I mean if the rate things were going from the first 100 pages were to continue to the rest of the book, NOTHING. WILL. BE. HAPPENING. !! And I know I can’t really say that because I haven’t finished the book. And I don’t know how it ends. I haven’t even gone past the half-way point. But that’s what I tell myself constantly as I was reading the first few pages, that it will get better and it’s just building up, and the typical "this chapter will be the one I just know it" which would seemingly forever and always be proven wrong. As much as I try I can’t keep going on like that forever as getting through a single chapter is a real struggle. I also like books that teach or leave you an impression and so far this book has made no impact on me whatsoever. It’s not even mildly entertaining. I mean I know it’s the first quarter of the book and things are still building up, but can someone or something at least stun me or make me smile? Do something interesting maybe and new? I felt rather forced to read it. Also, there had always been controversy surrounding this book but only now do I finally get it. It’s quite clear now. Thus for all these reasons, I almost feel “betrayed” by the author. What’s more saddening than giving a DNF to who was once your favourite? DNF @ 26% (P.S. Is it unfair that I gave a rating without making it to the end? I’ve been thinking about it and I posted this review without a rating at first but I can’t seem to decide what’s fair and what’s not.)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gordana

    There is no way I can wait an entire year for this!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary H

    Potentially unpopular opinion: I don't like this cover. I don't like that the title is now orange and a different font from CTM. I think the silver would pop more on that dark background, and it really truly bothers me when fonts and text placement/spacing are different in a series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vathna Dany

    Okay, the first book sucks real bad but this sounds so cool and OMG, that cover!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    No spoilers in this review of The Fates Divide. I give it 3 stars. Unlike many readers, I enjoyed Carve the Mark, the first book in this series. Even though the subject matter was much different than Roth’s Divergent series, I saw similarities as far as how both series progressed. They started off with a bang—a promising story with some mysteries about which I was dying to know the answers—but in the end, Roth couldn’t quite deliver. This sequel got off to an agonizingly slow start. I wasn’t inte No spoilers in this review of The Fates Divide. I give it 3 stars. Unlike many readers, I enjoyed Carve the Mark, the first book in this series. Even though the subject matter was much different than Roth’s Divergent series, I saw similarities as far as how both series progressed. They started off with a bang—a promising story with some mysteries about which I was dying to know the answers—but in the end, Roth couldn’t quite deliver. This sequel got off to an agonizingly slow start. I wasn’t interested in what was happening until nearly the halfway point in the book, yet surprisingly, I’m glad I stuck with it. Eventually, a plot development intrigued me enough that it was worth the wait. More about that below. I always include a little plot summary at this point in my review, but it’s hard to sum this one up. It’s basically a battle for who will rule their universe. Will it be Isae? Will it be Cyra, who has taken the throne for her fallen brother? Or will it be Cyra’s evil father Lazmet, back from the dead? And how do the Oracles fit into the mix? At times, it seems they are merely using their visions to orchestrate the future they desire. Turmoil exists at every turn, and tragic mistakes are made. In the midst of it all, Cyra feels like Akos’s fate dictates his feelings for her. Their fates (as proclaimed by the oracles) seem to dictate too much of their path in life, and they’re both so stubbornly independent that they go on with life with their heads held high even as their hearts are breaking. This may sound like a decent storyline, but I was slowly plodding along until Roth dealt me a surprise. It was the perfect kind of twist: one that made sense in retrospect as the clues were there yet one I would’ve never figured out on my own. This catapulted me through the second half of the book, and the final showdown was fairly compelling and emotional. I will give any book that shocks me a bump in rating. In this case, I was wavering between 2 stars and 3, and that surprise pushed my rating to a 3. What else did I enjoy? This might sound silly, but I loved the names of the characters and the places. I give Roth an A+ in this area. They were original and cohesive. And I liked the two lead characters a lot. They’re both strong—as tough as nails, even—and I respect that. What else didn’t I like? Cisi’s chapters. When a new point of view is added in a book series, sometimes I like it (Wylan in Crooked Kingdom, for instance) and sometimes I don’t (Cisi in Fates). I understand why we needed to hear from her, but I was bored in her chapters and ready to skip back to Akos or Cyra as soon as they began. I only recommend this book to those who enjoyed Carve the Mark. If you didn’t like the first book in this series, you probably won’t be willing to stick it out until the second half of Fates, when it finally gets good. But I’m glad I pushed through if only to discover the plot twist and to learn the ultimate fates of Akos and Cyra. Read all of our reviews here. Check out our full book recaps here.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joost

    3.5 ster. Op sommige momenten kon het verhaal mij niet bekoren, terwijl sommige stukken juist fantastisch waren. Recensie lees je hier: https://nerdygeekyfanboy.com/recensie...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eleonora

    3.5 stelle Un bel continua e finale, l'ho divorato in due giorni! Non posso parlare molto della trama, ma la storia riprende più o meno nel momento in cui si interrompe il volume precedente. Mi è piaciuto come le cose si sono evolute e concluse, anche se ho sentito come se qualche questione non fosse stata spiegata al meglio e alcune domande lasciate senza risposta. I personaggi sono stati la mia parte preferita, perché mi sono piaciuti moltissimo, soprattutto i due protagonisti. Però devo dire c 3.5 stelle Un bel continua e finale, l'ho divorato in due giorni! Non posso parlare molto della trama, ma la storia riprende più o meno nel momento in cui si interrompe il volume precedente. Mi è piaciuto come le cose si sono evolute e concluse, anche se ho sentito come se qualche questione non fosse stata spiegata al meglio e alcune domande lasciate senza risposta. I personaggi sono stati la mia parte preferita, perché mi sono piaciuti moltissimo, soprattutto i due protagonisti. Però devo dire che anche i personaggi secondari sono costruiti molto bene e li ho apprezzati tutti (tranne un paio in realtà hahahahha) Non do un rating più alto perchè il libro per quanto mi abbia intrattenuto e per quanto l'abbia trovato piacevole e divertente, non mi ha lasciato niente di che. Alla fine sono volata tra le pagine senza quasi accorgermene e a storia finita ho sentito un senso di incompletezza. Però questa penso sia una cosa molto personale, consiglio comunque questa duologia perchè è molto particolare ed originale, con un world building molto interessante e personaggi umani e reali. Si uniscono azione, viaggi interplanetari e scoperta di nuovi mondi con storie d'amore (tra cui una a tema LGBT+ che in realtà speravo venisse raccontata di più) e storie di famiglia e di amicizia. Infatti sottolineo il fatto che c'è un forte discorso riguardo la famiglia, l'identità personale e come le due cose siano legate. Quanto l'appartenere ad una famiglia o un popolo influenzi ciò che sei. Bellissimi anche il tema della perdita, del dolore di come fare pace e perdonare se stessi e gli altri.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I felt that this series over all was very disappointing. At the end of Carve the Mark, our main duo found themselves struggling to find out where they fit after the massive events that took place. And also struggling with their feelings for one another and what that means for their fates. Now as Cyra begins to take her place as leader of the Shotet people, she must face the fact that her father may be alive and ready to start war. Meanwhile, Akos and Cyra are confronted with their actual fates a I felt that this series over all was very disappointing. At the end of Carve the Mark, our main duo found themselves struggling to find out where they fit after the massive events that took place. And also struggling with their feelings for one another and what that means for their fates. Now as Cyra begins to take her place as leader of the Shotet people, she must face the fact that her father may be alive and ready to start war. Meanwhile, Akos and Cyra are confronted with their actual fates and have to decide what they will become. I really wished that I liked this more. It had an interesting plot but as the story went on, it became predictable, anti-climactic, and boring. And I hold Roth at fault for most of this. I still don't understand why everyone's POV was told from 1st person except Akos - his was told from third. And because of this he seemed very one dimensional. Actually, I was never really felt attached to any of the characters. And because of this I couldn't really get into their lives. Another issue I had was with the pacing. For a book that was almost 500 pages, nothing really happened. There was a lot of talking about plans and talking about fates and talking about families and just talking. Then when it seemed like the war was going to happen...everything was over in a few pages. And when she tried to wrap everything up in the epilogue, I just felt cheated with the way she handled the ending. It just makes me sad that now I will be approaching Roth's work with caution.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    Though I gave them the same rating, I preferred this book to the first one. I was expecting more from the climax it wasn't as intense as I expected, but still was good. I really liked all of the characters, I ship Akos & Cyra so much. Akos makes really bad life decisions for the majority of this novel TBH. Pacing was good. Ending was beautiful and didn't murder me the way I expected it to. But really Akos, get it together!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Celine B

    2018!!!! It's so unfair to wait that long...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Lawerson

    El Destino los hizo conocer. Y ahora los va a dividir. Uno no puede oponerse a su propio destino. Sería tonto, además de inútil, porque no puedes ir contra algo inevitable. Akos Kereseth y Cyra Noavek son muy conscientes de esto, y sin embargo, desde el momento en que su destino se ha hecho público, se encuentran balanceados entre la aceptación de su destino y el deseo de probar lo imposible y cambiarlo. Después de haber sido preso y de haber estado en situaciones inimaginables, después de que l El Destino los hizo conocer. Y ahora los va a dividir. Uno no puede oponerse a su propio destino. Sería tonto, además de inútil, porque no puedes ir contra algo inevitable. Akos Kereseth y Cyra Noavek son muy conscientes de esto, y sin embargo, desde el momento en que su destino se ha hecho público, se encuentran balanceados entre la aceptación de su destino y el deseo de probar lo imposible y cambiarlo. Después de haber sido preso y de haber estado en situaciones inimaginables, después de que la familia Noavek cambiara para siempre su vida, matara a su padre, secuestrara a su hermano y le separase para siempre de su familia, Akos no pudo evitar enamorarse locamente de Cyra, a pesar de su destino de morir al servicio de la familia Noavek. Y cuando el padre de ésta, Lazmet, un tirano despiadado y desalmado que creía muerto, regresa a los focos reclamando el trono de Shotet después de la traición de Cyra y el secuestro de Ryzek, Akos está convencido de que su fin está cerca. En el momento en que Lazmet desencadena la temida guerra entre thuvhesitas y shotet, tanto Akos como Cyra saben que no tienen otra opción, deben tratar de detenerlo de todas las formas posibles. Aunque para Cyra esto podría significar quitarle la vida a su padre y que Akos pierda la suya. Los dos descubrirán cómo el destino que impulsa sus vidas puede sorprenderlos de maneras absolutamente inesperadas pero, ¿podrán dar el paso necesario para conseguir la tan deseada paz y el tan deseado mundo mejor? Destinos Divididos es la esperada conclusión de Las Marcas de la Muerte, un libro en el que todo está a punto de explosionar, donde los destinos tendrán un papel protagonista y un punto final en el que nuestro protagonistas tendrán que darlo todo para poder salvarse a sí mismos y a su mundo. Contado a veces en primera persona y otras en tercera, en esta ocasión nos vamos a encontrar con cuatro narradores diferentes, Cyra, Akos, Cisi y Eijeh, que se irán intercalando a través de los capítulos y páginas, que se disponen en diferentes partes numeradas. Así, el libro empieza momentos después de los últimos acontecimientos del libro anterior, capítulos que te hacen recordar mediante datos lo que ha pasado anteriormente si, como yo, hace tiempo que habías leído el libro y te acordabas de pocas cosas, momentos que carecen de acción pero que ayudan mucho a meterte dentro de esta siguiente trama que supondrá el final de todo lo que se ha visto hasta ahora. Una vez pasan esos momentos más introductorios con los que la autora hace que recuerdes desde qué punto partimos, empieza aquello que seguirá ya hasta el final. Es aquí donde la lectura empieza a coger los primeros ritmos, enfocándose hacia el futuro con primeros problemas y misiones en las que nos veremos sumergidos, en los que también empezarán a aparecer los primeros giros y sorpresas que no esperabas y que te dejan con la boca abierta. Poco a poco la lectura va moviéndose más y más, la cosa se va complicando y pronto tendremos un libro lleno de peligros, lleno de carreras y pequeñas batallas que dan el entretenimiento suficiente como para estar atenta a lo que está pasando, momentos que no se hacen demasiado abrumadores o pesados, que viajan sin problemas, con comodidad y suavidad, enganchándote más a esa trama que empieza a mostrarse algo más bélica, más estratégica y más diplomática. Gracias a los continuos cambios de visión, no nos vamos a estancar en un solo punto, sino que siempre va a haber cosas que ver, más revelaciones empezarán a aparecer y las respuestas a esas preguntas que nos dejó el primer libro empezarán a resurgir para volver a dar esos giros en la trama que tanto gustan y asombran. La verdad es que la lectura es una que va cogiendo ritmo a medida que avanza, que empieza algo pausada pero que cada vez va más deprisa, un libro que se lee sin problemas hasta el final, uno que albergará todo lo que queda, la resolución a lo que hemos visto hasta ese momento, el paso final de cada uno de los planes y alianzas que se han puesto en marcha para tener unos capítulos finales plagados de tensión, muerte, sangre, miedo y tristeza por tener que decir adiós a esta historia. Algo que me gustó mucho del primer libro fue la ambientación que creó la autora, algo que se comió buena parte del comienzo de Las Marcas de la Muerte pero que yo disfruté como una enana conociendo esas poblaciones, sus historias y creencias. Quizás para muchos y muchas fue algo que se extendió demasiado, no para mí, y en este libro se mantiene todo esto, esa originalidad. En el libro anterior habíamos caminado por dos zonas importantes, Thuvhe y Shotet, y en este libro somos capaces de conocer otros planetas desconocidos hasta ahora pero que, sin embargo, también han conseguido parecer reales, tener vida. Ogra, por ejemplo, es un planeta casi desconocido incluso para los protagonistas, y descubrir con ellos los secretos que guarda me ha gustado muchísimo. Su forma de actuar y de defenderse, su vegetación, su fauna, sus habitantes, su manera de vivir. Todo ha sido extraño, sí, pero también extraordinario. Veronica se encarga bastante bien de hacer muy real todo eso, de hacer como si de verdad existiera, de crear lugares sólidos que consiguen recrearse en tu mente sin problemas. Y eso ocurre con otro de los planetas que aparecen, de manera rápida y superficial, uno de los más ricos. A pesar de que la estancia allí es corta se huele su opulencia, esa creencia de sus habitantes de ser los mejores, de tener todo el poder, de pensar que todo el mundo bebe de su mano. Se ha notado a la perfección su egocentrismo, su egoísmo, lo estirados que son en realidad. No obstante, este segundo libro no me ha dado todo lo que yo esperaba me iba a dar, o buscaba que me diese. La guerra es algo muy, pero que muy importante en este libro y la aparición de Lazmet parecía que iba a darla y mucha. Sin embargo, no ha sido así. Creo que el libro se ha basado más en los preparativos que en la acción en sí. De acuerdo, hay escenas en las que sí se pone en marcha esas ideas, pero son pocas. Y la guerra en sí no tiene demasiado peso. Creo que todo sucede de manera muy precipitada y suave, demasiado light. Las resoluciones, ese enfrentamiento épico que parecía que iba a haber entre los shotet y Lazmet con el resto de los planetas no ha ocurrido. Éste parece que va a ser un gran villano, difícil de vencer, y cae como si nada. Me hubiera gustado más dificultad, más acción, más muertes. Como digo, se me ha hecho todo demasiado fácil, una resolución que puede estar bien pero que no ha dado todo lo que podría haber dado. Otra de las cosas que no he entendido es la visión de Cisi y Eijeh, los hermanos de Akos, a la hora de narrar esta segunda parte. Salvo ara dar dinamismo y cambiar cada dos por tres de ubicación y quitar pesadez, no he entendido para nada sus intromisiones ya que no aportan casi nada a la historia. Han hecho bien poco, igual que aquellos que están a su alrededor, así que volvemos a lo que he comentado antes, esa falta de intensidad en casi todo cuando una guerra se avecina por el horizonte y lo que hay que hacer es darlo todo y batallar con uñas y garras para poder sobrevivir. Por último, no he entendido algunas decisiones que ha hecho Veronica con respecto a algunos de sus personajes principales. Los ha cambiado de repente, incluso ha hecho que me gusten menos por las cosas que hacen sin ningún tipo de sentido. Son cosas que parece no haber sido pensadas bien, una manera de dar un destino a esos personajes y de que hagan algo sin hacer demasiado, tampoco. En resumen, Destinos Divididos ha sido una conclusión que me ha gustado pero que, sin embargo, peca de no ser más intenso. Con una trama como la que se avecinaba podría haber sido un último libro para recordarlo mucho tiempo después de terminarlo, pero no ha sido así. A pesar de esto, es un libro que he disfrutado y me ha entretenido, el final agridulce de una historia que, estoy segura, volveré a leer más de una vez.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    “The Fates Divide” is the second novel in the “Carve the Mark” series, by author Veronica Roth (of Divergent fame). Lazmet Noavek, the soulless tyrant who everyone presumed to be dead, is in fact living and ready to wreak more havoc on anyone who gets in his way. Cyra and Akos desperately try to work together to prevent this evil from taking back his throne and stopping a barbaric war. However, Lazmet is the strongest opponent either have ever faced, and when a secret is revealed that has both “The Fates Divide” is the second novel in the “Carve the Mark” series, by author Veronica Roth (of Divergent fame). Lazmet Noavek, the soulless tyrant who everyone presumed to be dead, is in fact living and ready to wreak more havoc on anyone who gets in his way. Cyra and Akos desperately try to work together to prevent this evil from taking back his throne and stopping a barbaric war. However, Lazmet is the strongest opponent either have ever faced, and when a secret is revealed that has both Cyra and Akos doubting their fates and each other, both are faced with the challenge of their lives (and the lives of the entire population of two planets). I was a huge fan of the “Divergent” series, but was really not that into “Carve the Mark”. It was mediocre read at best. “The Fates Divide”, however, lowered the bar even more. Although the storyline was creative (there are similarities to ‘Divergent’ if you look close enough, however) I was overwhelmed by the immense cast of characters and their bizarre names. (for example, Ast, Akos, Ara and Aza are all different characters. It was as if Ms. Roth had a dictionary of bizarre names that stopped after the letter “A”) Then of course, the new part-narrator of this novel is “Cisi” (Akos’ sister) which, when combined with Cyra, our other part-narrator, just leads to a whole pile of confusion. And of course, two characters are combined into one, and the siblings of one character switch and then become the siblings of another halfway through the novel. Yes, I’m lost too. I loved Roth’s depiction of the different planets, and the differences in the occupants that live there. (Also, the book had lovely pages and the hardcover copy I borrowed from the library could be held in just the right way.) I normally enjoy combat in a novel, and I don’t shy away from action sequences, but in this novel, I had no idea who was fighting whom and why. There were far too many parties involved in this particular war, and I was quickly lost as to who to root for. Overall, the novel was creative and unique, but this may be a novel that would be best read immediately after reading its predecessor, “Carve the Mark”. It has been awhile since I read the first one, and perhaps I would have been able to follow the storyline better if “Mark” was still fresh in my mind. But since it wasn’t, I was easily lost and unable to enjoy the novel in its entirety.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This was a fantastic end to the Carve the Mark duology. The ending wrapped up enough to make me content with it, but also leaving Roth the possibility of future spinoffs. This book also introduces two new perspectives: Cisi and Eijeh. Cisi is an absolutely darling with a cunning and manipulative streak and it was so wonderful to hear her side of the story. She's also totally gay for Isae and I loved it. Cisi's current gift was so fascinating and the way she used it was slightly unethical but also This was a fantastic end to the Carve the Mark duology. The ending wrapped up enough to make me content with it, but also leaving Roth the possibility of future spinoffs. This book also introduces two new perspectives: Cisi and Eijeh. Cisi is an absolutely darling with a cunning and manipulative streak and it was so wonderful to hear her side of the story. She's also totally gay for Isae and I loved it. Cisi's current gift was so fascinating and the way she used it was slightly unethical but also so enthralling to see. Eijeh is really fucking messed up after what happened in Carve the Mark and I don't know how to feel about his perspective--it was weird to read. Cyra is still my favorite because I relate to her chronic pain so much. Her character has all come so far from believing she was worth nothing to being worth something. Her friendship with Teka was the BEST THING EVER and it made me so happy! They are girlfriend girls and I loved it so much. I still like Akos, but he isn't Cyra. The plot was fast moving, and kind of all over the place. So many things happened in this installment and we get the war on three fronts (Akos, Cyra and Cisi). Plus there was an insanely huge plot twist and I'm still not over it!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jes Reads

    Guys the day is here! I was so pumped and excited to read this book and since finishing it this afternoon I'm still struggling to believe that it's finally over. If you're not familiar with the story behind Carve the Mark it follows two people, Cyra and Akos, as they are thrown together by the ruling family of their nation. One the daughter of the man once in charge and now the sister to the one who replaced him. Akos a boy with a gift of being ungifted, who's the only person who can help Cyra m Guys the day is here! I was so pumped and excited to read this book and since finishing it this afternoon I'm still struggling to believe that it's finally over. If you're not familiar with the story behind Carve the Mark it follows two people, Cyra and Akos, as they are thrown together by the ruling family of their nation. One the daughter of the man once in charge and now the sister to the one who replaced him. Akos a boy with a gift of being ungifted, who's the only person who can help Cyra manage her pain. The story is so much more than just that though. It's political and a relatable story about living with chronic pain. We all know how much I loved Carve the Mark. The Fates Divide takes off right where Carve left off. I was so excited to be back to my babies. But holy hell there are so many POV's in this book. So many in fact that they crammed two into one. I definitely didn't enjoy that aspect as much as I would have if it was just a split perspective between Cyra and Akos. I wouldn't say it was hard to follow, I just found myself being pulled out of the story often when the perspective would change. I will say that I liked how all perspectives came together in the end. I really think that Veronica did an amazing job including politics into YA. Especially in Sci-Fi YA. I thought it was so easy to read, simple to follow, and I was never confused. I enjoyed that the characters, while being in power, were very realistic to who they would be given their age. They make bad decisions, the struggle to figure out what the right choices are to make, and it all makes sense considering how young they all are. Overall my favorite parts of this book were the love story (and the heartbreak, waaaaaah), and definitely the setting. My GOD Veronica is amazing at making beautiful and also dark places come to life. I loved all the plants Akos works with. I loved Ogra as a planet. I loved the attention to detail she put into the building of her characters as well. They stayed true to who they were, especially my baby Cyra. One point I want to mention here is that I think Cyra is a great representation of people who live with constant physical pain. I am married to a Marine Corps veteran who struggles with pain from his time in service and I saw so much of him in Cyra. Which I think is why I love her so much. Also I also struggle with pain on a daily basis and I found myself being in awe of Veronia and how she was able to put how I feel on a daily basis into a fictional character.  Other than the disconnect between the multiple POVs I have to say the only other thing I disliked (and it's a big thing) was the ending. I found it quite unrealistic and too neatly wrapped up. I had trouble believing that suddenly a character would be able to do the things they were suddenly able to do. On top of that the ending was SO rushed. Everything is over in about 40 pages and I feel like this additions at the end made the book feel like it was just thrown in there to answer questions as easily as possible without taking the time to write it out in the novel. I wish this would have been a series instead of a duology.  Rating everything together I'm giving this book a 3 star rating. I found myself day dreaming a little and finding myself struggling to keep going because of the multiple POVs so my enjoyment ended up being a little low. I'm slightly disappointed, BUT I didn't hate it so that's always good right? So that's it you guys. Have you read this book or the first one? What did you think of it?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessireads

    3,75 “ Suffer the Fate, for all else is delusion. “

  30. 4 out of 5

    Il confine dei libri

    Salve a tutti! Dopo una sfilza di romance ho deciso che era il momento di tornare al fantasy. La mia scelta ovviamente non poteva che ricadere sul secondo libro della nuova serie "Carve the mark" di Veronica Roth, "Il destino divide", pubblicato da Mondadori. Premesso che avevo sentimenti molto contrastanti sulla sua prima serie, Divergent, sono rimasta piacevolmente colpita da quanto sia migliorata nello stile questa scrittrice. La storia stessa è coinvolgente e appassionante, con un ritmo serra Salve a tutti! Dopo una sfilza di romance ho deciso che era il momento di tornare al fantasy. La mia scelta ovviamente non poteva che ricadere sul secondo libro della nuova serie "Carve the mark" di Veronica Roth, "Il destino divide", pubblicato da Mondadori. Premesso che avevo sentimenti molto contrastanti sulla sua prima serie, Divergent, sono rimasta piacevolmente colpita da quanto sia migliorata nello stile questa scrittrice. La storia stessa è coinvolgente e appassionante, con un ritmo serrato e twist che fanno annodare lo stomaco per le emozioni che suscitano di continuo. E infatti avevo quasi paura ad andare avanti con la lettura, ma mi era impossibile fermarmi. In questo secondo libro ritroviamo i protagonisti esattamente dove li avevamo lasciati. Akos e Cyra sono diretti verso il pianeta nazione Ogra che ospita i ribelli esuli shotet. Con loro ci sono anche i fratelli imprigionati, Sifa e la cancelliera Isae, che medita vendetta. Posso dire poche cose che non siano spoiler, ma ovviamente conoscendo il fato di Rizek sapete già cosa può succedere tra lui e Isae, gettando nello sconforto più totale Akos, che sperava di recuperare suo fratello Eijeh, compromesso ormai dalla manomissione dei ricordi operata sistematicamente da Ryzek. Ora Eijeh è una persona diversa, un noi, non più quello di prima. I rapporti con Isae si rovinano a tal punto che la guerra tra Thuve e Shotet diventa imminente, soprattutto ora che il pianeta nazione più forte dell'Assemblea, Othyr, ha deciso di intromettersi per i propri scopi, ovvero limitare l'influenza degli oracoli. Come se non bastasse, il ritorno del tiranno Lazmet complica ancora di più le cose, gettando benzina sul fuoco degli animi arrabbiati degli abitanti del pianeta diviso. Lazmet è brutale e terribile, il terrore di tutti. Isae si sente quasi costretta a dichiarare guerra a quell'essere spregevole. In tutto questo Cyra e Akos cercano un equilibrio. Tra gli esuli che non vedono di buon occhio la ragazza, Isae che lancia ultimatum inaccettabili, il fato che sembra mettersi tra loro, riuscire a rimanere uniti diventa ogni giorno più complicato. Finché l'oracolo di Ogra non svela loro un segreto che cambierà tutto. A cosa si è disposti a rinunciare per salvare chi si ama? Quanti compromessi si è disposti ad accettare nei confronti di se stessi? Queste sono solo alcune delle domande a cui Akos dovrà trovare risposta. Perché se Cyra ha sempre imparato a convivere con tutti gli aspetti di se stessa che la facevano soffrire, Akos deve ancora farlo. E non è detto che esca vivo da questo confronto. Potrei stare ore e ore a parlarvi di questa storia. Mi è piaciuta tantissimo. Non riuscivo a mettere giù il libro, eppure dovevo fare delle pause per riprendermi dall'emozione. Ci sono elementi di fantascienza e di fantasy, con i doni corrente e i pianeti, i vascelli e la tecnologia futuristica. Ci sono emozioni, scritte nel dettaglio, espresse, accennate, vissute. I vari punti di vista permettono di seguire la storia su più fronti e di capire le ragioni di ognuno. Mi piace l'idea che il fato sia una via obbligata, ma non è detto che sia qualcosa di invalicabile. Mi piacciono i personaggi, come si muovono, come affrontano le difficoltà. Anche lo stile dell'autrice mi è sembrato più maturo, intenso. Non c'è un momento morto o superfluo che rendano la narrazione lenta o faticosa. È un libro pieno di azione e colpi di scena, uno dietro l'altro. Lascia il desiderio di ricominciarne la lettura appena concluso, per capire meglio tutto quello che è stato appena letto. Non esitate e cominciatelo subito!

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