Today blog post is going to be about carve the mark which I was send by Harper Collins for a honest review thank you for giving my the opportunity to read this
Rating : ⭐️/5
So.. this book. This book. And the hype around it partly due to some booktubers that I really enjoy I went into carve the mark with not high nor low expectations as I really enjoyed divergent hated the last one I Didn't know what to think . This is reason I will NEVER Read Veronica Roth and I don't recommend it unless you support racism and prejudice & profoundly lies and the main reason I was scared to write because I am speaking the truth .
This has to be the most disappointing and upsetting book I have read it a while before I started it I was un aware of the brown bad guy vs the white good guy you guys probably don't know I am brown and POC DIVERSITY IS SOMTHING I BELIEVE IN EXTREMELY. in the beginning of my reading experience it was slow paced and longgg it dragged quite a bit and thing didn't add up to me partly could be my fault as I'm not a huge si-if reader .
Then a few days after I started reading my twitter exploaded talking about how it was racist and used the dark skinned trope as the bad guy he is evil and all that bullshit which I was like "WHAT THE HELLL" and then to hear it has elements of white supremacy &TO TOP IT ALL OF VERONICA ROTH not even commenting on it really she was beating around the bush and then not to apologise and she was did something wrong blew my mind a bit ( apparently she wanted to wait Untill sales went up is very sad )
a dark skinned savage race that serve as the aggressors throughout the story. This isn’t anything new, but it is lazy, untrue and promotes problematic ideas of race and culture, this is extremely upset to me and to hear this big booktubers praise the book is like 😒😒😒 ( I know some have said they are sorry for not seeing it but the rest ) I'm like your suppose to see these traits and call them out
In carve the mark , the first we get to the Shotet is the male main character, Akos, thinking about how “horrible , brutal, ugly ” the Shotet are. They kill his grandmother the reader is then told that cites of thuve who are Snow white since they are described by their ability to blush and their light eyes) still bear the marks of Shotet aggression.
During the first on pages appearances of the Shotet is when they arrive unexpectedly at Akos’ family and murder his father before kidnapping him and his brother.
** I would like to thank Justine Ireland for bringing this my attention some of this stuff Because if I had kept on reading this book I would have eventually found out and it would have even put me of reading for a some time so thank you for suffering reading it so I wouldn't have to &I have used some things she has said because literally I don't know how to explain it any other way ***
These aspects of a make believe culture of savage war-like peoples have their roots in the beliefs and stereotypes used to other people of color in the real world. According to scholars of racial inequality, one of the ways groups are othered by the majority is by “using the values, characteristics, and features of the dominant group as the supposedly neutral standard against which all others should be evaluated.”* And we see that at length in both Carve the Mark
The language used to describe the warlike, brown skinned antagonist peoples contains judgments that stand in direct contrast to the belief systems of protagonists the reader is meant to sympathize with:
Similarly, in Carve the Mark:
· The Shotet language is described as harsh, with sudden stops and closed vowels, unlike the beautiful, open vowel sounds of the Thuve
· The Shotet carve marks into their arms when they kill someone, meaning that both men and women have many scars, and this practice is seen as barbaric by the loving and peaceful Thuve
· The female main character, Cyra, describes her mother’s kinky hair as curly enough to trap fingers, while her curls are looser and allow fingers to flow through. The Thuve have straight hair.
· The Shotet have no home planet, rather they travel around the universe in pursuit of the current, a unifying life force that allows people to have gifts (all of which seem to manifest in violent ways in the Shotet, and it is even stated by a doctor that the reason Cyra’s gift causes her pain is because of her people’s tendency to violence)
· The Shotet ruling family is one that embraces violence, so much so that the matriarch is famous for having killed her brothers and sisters, contrasted against the scene of Thuve familial love that opens the story. This is further reinforced by the cruel treatment Cyra receives from her brother
· The Shotet kidnap Akos and his brother, who are Thuve, and force them into a life of what can most easily be described as brutal slavery.
- All from that disclaimer is from Justine blog/web •
NOW THIS REALLY PISSED ME OFF THE REAL LIFE CULTURE THEY FOLLOW ( which can I say Veronica Roth should actually read into properly) WHEN THE SHOTET MAINLY FOLLOW NORTH AFRICAN ONES. (including cultural markers that involve ISLAM ( which is my religion and to promote hate is disgusting) such as an annual pilgrimage and the use of cleric as a title to refer to a holy man).
The author are pulling from the old story tradition of the white hero versus the dark enemy. We see this constrict in many faced such as the many books or movies where the American hero (usually white) faces down a dark skinned third world villain. It’s a popular construction , and one that relies on othering people of color to make it work.
With little to nonexistent that lead to real world racial profiling and structural inequality in treatment of minorities.
The bottom line is that this book reinforces cultural white supremacy and becouse of this the reader Thinks that brown-skinned people as evil in a literary context the cognitive paths for them to code brown-skinned people as evil in a real are reinforced.
and on that note that's it for today guys I know this is not somthing I normal talk about but I just wanted everyone be aware of this – keep smiling sunshine ☺️