Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another? (Goodreads).
Veronica Roth is undoubtedly creative and creates spectacular and captivating dystopian universes. I really like the concept of the book and the plot, but I feel like the story and characters could have been executed better. I feel like her characters lack depth, like they are just check pieces to play out the story. Yes, Cyra is a strong heroine who’s in mental and physical pain while being subdued by her vicious brother, but to me she does not have a real personality that comes through. The same is for Akos, he is a gentle and kind boy who is forced to become a man by getting blood on his hands and being tortured. I feel like she tried to make them interesting with the traumatic events she pulled them through, which just did not work. It just made them classic characters.
Also, I’m a real sucker for blood, gore, violence and for my characters to be pulled through traumatic events (I am horrible, I know), which was present, but it felt vague. It felt like the bloody fight scenes were some she just needed to get over with, where she could have made them more interesting.
The book was not bad, it was just not enough to impress me and to captivate me. The concept of fates and currentgifts is what gave this book potential, but were not brought to its full.
Cyra is the daughter of the brutal Lazmet Noavek and sister of the cunning and vicious Ryzek Noavek. Cyra has the rumour of being cold, brutal and of causing pain with her bare touch. Her currentgift allows her to make others feel excruciating pain, but it also make everyday for her painful. Though she is one to be feared, she is subdued and used as a weapon by her brother to torture his enemies. Cyra is physically strong and is an advanced fighter, who knows how to knock a man down before he even realises what happened. She is introverted, has no friends and trusts no one, until Akos is her granted as a servant by her brother due to his special currentgift.
Akos is the son of an Oracle and is kidnapped by Ryzek’s shotes soldiers together with his brother Eijeh, where he is to serve the Noavek family. Akos is Thuvhesit and is soft, kindhearted and has never been exposed to violence. After being brought to Shotet he is put through shotes soldier training and tortured. Family and loyalty is everything for Akos, so his goal is to save Eijeh and escape from Shotes so they can reunite with their mother and sister. When Akos was younger his mother taught him to brew postions, where this skill becomes his leverage to have Cyra to teach him how to fight.
Ryzek is Cyra’s brother who reign the Shotet. Ryzek’s fate brands him as weak, where Lazmet Noavek forces him to become cunning, vicious, cold, evil and feared. Ryzek uses Cyra as his weapon to torture his enemies, keeping her on a short leash by threaten to reveal her dark, horrible secret.
“I am shotet, I am sharp as broken glass, and just as fragile. I tell lies better than I tell truths. I see all of the galaxy and never catch a glimpse of it.”
In the end I finished it and though I have been rough on the characters, I still felt satisfied when I was done. I would definitely recommend this for readers with an interest in science fictions with a romantic touch and slow development. Though I’m probably not going to read the next instalment, unless some deep character development is happening and the story takes a turn as Midnight Crown in the Throne of Glass series did.