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The Fates Divide

Series: Carve the Mark, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (948 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best seller!

In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally best-selling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill 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.

Praise for Carve the Mark:

Number one New York Times best seller * Wall Street Journal best seller * USA Today best seller * Number one IndieBound best seller

“Roth skillfully weaves the careful world-building and intricate web of characters that distinguished Divergent.” (VOYA, starred review)

“Roth offers a richly imagined, often brutal world of political intrigue and adventure, with a slow-burning romance at its core.” (ALA Booklist)

©2018 Veronica Roth (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Roth skillfully weaves the careful world-building and intricate web of characters that distinguished Divergent." (VOYA)

"Roth offers a richly imagined, often brutal world of political intrigue and adventure, with a slow-burning romance at its core." (ALA Booklist)

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Worth your time if you read book 1

It definitely falls short of the quality of the first book story wise, but I found the narration entrancing.

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Enjoyed the story, many plot-holes, needs rewrite

I did enjoy the stories and some of the characters choices and complexities. Things definitely didn't happen as I expected; however, there are a number of plot holes that seem rather problematic. (spoiler alert) Why did Akos suddenly decide to go and assassinate Lozmat? Discovering his new fate hardly seemed reason enough, it was an awkward transition. Who or what was the exile leadership? In fact, the absolute lack of leadership besides the main characters seemed rather glaring. It was hard to accept the Issay was able to just run around making decisions with only Cici and Ast. The exiles were much to quick to embrace Cyra as their leader and yet there was no one organizing and running the exiles who could appropriately act or at least who should have tried to reason with Issay? It seemed entirely up to Cyra to negotiate the assassination, which seemed to meet the approval of the exiles, but she was on her own to plan it and carry it out? And Akos consistently was inconsistent with his character. There were too many flaws in this story.
Neveretheless, I found the world with current gifts interesting and creative. The world really has an imaginative idea. However, there needed to be more acknowledgement of other people's current gifts. In a world where everyone has a current gift they should have played a more primary role in how society worked, perhaps people being intentionally recruited to particular professions because of their current gifts. And by the way, did it bother no one that we never found out what Ory's gift was or what she did to Eijah/Rizak before she died? I expected some kind of twist around that, but it never came, even though it was hinted at. It seemed like the story was written in a hurry and really lacked a good editor who could have helped ensure more consistency. Honestly, I think the author should take these books and completely rewrite them, possibly splitting them into three books, the second ending with the shocking twist of fates. And then some serious development to explain Akos' new motivation. They have so much potential, but seem sloppily patched together.

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Too much mushy make-out

I liked the story, but there are too many graphic make out sessions in this book. I do not want to read about lesbian make out sessions either. Also, the language is a little too vulgar for me. It seems like too many authors are going into cussing to follow a trend. Totally unnecessary, especially the random F-bomb.

Take all that out and it is a pretty entertaining book. A little too much of the depressed teenager in the main characters.

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good read

I really liked the story. the last 2 chapters I felt like were anti climatic but it was still really good.

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Disappointing

I was looking forward to this book and was very disappointed, I could barely even finish it. It was very boring.

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Hated it.

This book was just a big letdown. The tone was all over the place and I fast forwarded through chunks of the female protagonist.

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Great twists but sometimes the current flowed slow

I like how it picks up and moves at the beginning of the book. The twists were riveting and made a tremendous concluding story. However, at times the current went slow and seemed to drag between dialog and didn't seem to climax very well. But good book all In all.

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Not as good as Carve the Mark

I have to say that I enjoyed the book but it was no where near as good as Carve the Mark. The story was slower and it didn’t have all the drama and danger of the first story.

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Needed to know

Glad to have the tale complete though a little too “happy ending.” Good YA/Adult crossover appropriate for all—vey little objectionable to younger readers.

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Great Second Half

I didn't quite know what to expect and that's good. The narration by several voices added so much to the story and I simply had to continue listening. The ending was well done!