With ‘Carve the Mark’ Veronica Roth starts a new 2-book series

Veronica Roth, known for her young adult fiction books, in particular for her trilogy of dystopian sci-fi novels Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant, leads her readers on another journey into her imaginary worlds in ‘Carve the Mark’, the first book in the planned duology of novels published by HarperCollins.

The storyline of ‘Carve the Mark‘ revolves around two youngsters, Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth. Although the Shotet people and the Thuvhe nation (to which Cyra and Akos respectively belong) live on the same planet, they hardly could be more different.

The Thuvhe, who call the planet likewise, are a peace-loving nation who lives in the cold north, while the more violent Shotet people, who train their children in warfare and carve marks in their skin to denote every kill, call their homeworld Urek and live in the warmer equatorial region of the planet.

On this planet, where violence rules and vengeance is the law, a force called the ‘current’ flows through every living being, eventually emerging from within people as ‘currentgifts’. Everyone develops this ‘currentgift’, a unique power meant to shape the future, but while most benefit from their gifts, Akos and Cyra do not – their currentgifts actually make them vulnerable to others’ control.


Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Her currentgift gives her pain and power – something her brother exploits, using it to torture his enemies. But, unbeknown to her ruthless brother, Cyra is much more than just a blade in his hand: she is quick on her feet, resilient, and much smarter than he realises.

Akos, son of an oracle and a farmer from the village of Hessa, is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Although protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by the enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive, no matter what the cost.

When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their nations and families seems insurmountable. In the face of this, they must decide to help each other to survive – or to destroy one another. Can Akos and Cyra reclaim their gifts, their lives and their fates, while helping to reset the balance of power in their world?

HarperCollins, who described the two-book series of novels as “the story of a boy who forms an unlikely alliance with an enemy”, is planning to publish the second book in the series sometime in 2018.

'Carve the Mark' is out from 17 January 2017 in hardcover (480 pages) with RRP $22.99 (£18.50), also available as audiobook and e-book.