Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Posted on 04/15/2020
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“The storyline is awesome...intense! Students immediately want to check out the next one in the series.”

                            Melanie Collins, librarian, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts 

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts. Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth have grown up in enemy countries locked in a long-standing fight for dominance over their shared planet. When the ruling Noavek family kidnaps Akos and his brother, Akos must serve Cyra, the sister of a dictator who governs with violence and fear. Cyra is known for her deadly power of transferring extraordinary pain unto others with a simple touch.  Her tyrant brother uses her as a weapon against those who challenge him. As Akos fights for his survival, he recognizes that Cyra is also fighting for the same and that her true gift of resilience might be what saves them both.

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“Roth fans will rejoice at this new outing that focuses on themes familiar from her Divergent series: identity, individual versus social responsibilities, and ethical quandaries.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books) 

“Roth’s worldbuilding is commendable; each nation is distinct, interacting with the current in ways that give insight into her characters’ motivations. Readers will eagerly await a second installment.” (Publishers Weekly)

To check out more recommended books in the Hamilton Book of the Week at

 Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.  

  Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023