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The Fates Divide

By: Veronica Roth
Narrated by: Austin Butler,Emily Rankin,Erin Spencer,MacLeod Andrews
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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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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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Finally!

When I read the horrible ending of the Divergent Series, with everything so rushed and jumbled together, ruining what was absolute amazing story. I swore to myself that I would never read another Roth book, and I have kept that promise to myself, until now. Both the first book and this one made me love these characters and grow with them, fight with them, and care with them. The ending was beautiful and gives me hope for another book to continue all of their stories. The narrators were perfect! You all did amazing! Thank you for bringing this story to life!

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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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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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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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less engrossing than carve the mark

i struggled to stay focused on this sequel... very different from the first book which i could not stop listening to! i was hoping for more.

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Wished I could return it

It was hard to follow and I didn’t like where the story was going in this second book. Wished I never would have read the book ... unfortunately I waited to long I think to return it

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Narrators are amazing

Narrators are amazing, the story still leaves something to be desired. Honestly, I don’t know what to really say about this one. It was good, some parts were better than Carve the Mark. It was however a lot easier to follow than Carve the Mark. Great twists, more character development. Would I want a third book in the series? No, unless it’s more about Akos & Cyra, and Cisi & Isae. I’d totally read some fan-fiction on those four characters for sure! There is a part of me that wanted to slap Cyra when she is doubting Akos’ love for her, its like use your strength and self-doubt to think of WHY he may not have responded to help you. THINK, girl THINK! He's got his own mission to kill your Father, just as YOU had a mission to take down your brother! You didn't let anything get in the way (all I can say without going into spoilers). Yes, there are some swear words (sh*t). BIG DEAL. There's way worse swear words that are allowed on TV even. I personally don’t see what others do as far as the story being wrapped up. I was still left wanting to know how everything turns out.

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I enjoyed it but, the story lacks logic

SPOILERS AHEAD:There are many good plot points that draw you in and make you yearn for more. Although Veronica Roth added 2 new view points in this telling. That of the brother and the sister of the male MC, which is fine. I enjoyed seeing the MC's brother show more about his inner conflicts but my problem lies with the sister. Her viewpoint doesnt achieve anything besides showing what the chancellor is up to. She leaves her family to go support the chancellor and make sure she stays on the right path. In a way that is brave and shows loyalty to her chancellor but she fails. Roth gives her an idiotic Achilles Heel and thats her gift. Shes not allowed to say anything that upsets others which makes her scenes boil down to her internal monologue while bad stuff happens around her. In most other cases id let it slide but technically she has a way out, her gift prevents her from talking. Logically that means she can show her emotions through other means which she does sometimes by slamming her fist down. That doesnt achieve much though, when she could just bring paper and pencil to write what she wants down. Its a huge hole in her whole part of this book. She never at one point tried to communicate in different ways and that makes her very dim witted. Which i perfer to think she is smart but how she is written is that shes this close friend of a chancellor with a power to manipulate feelings and does it expertly and shows a strategic mindset. Then is absent minded when it comes to her own power it makes no sense. And it really ruined part of this book for me, i wanted to skip her chapters but didnt in hopes it would get better. I regret it that decision, otherwise book was great.

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