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The Fates Divide

Written by: Veronica Roth
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 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

What the critics say

"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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Not as good as the first

The narrator’s do a great job at bringing the story to life, but the storyline has a very slow buildup and takes a long time to get anywhere. The plot twists and reveals were bordering on expected, it’s an ok book, worth listening to if you’re invested in the series but compared to the first book it falls short and is missing the pace and energy found in Carve The Mark.

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narrators 10/10. book 10/10.

deffinatly check this out. it's the 2nd book in the carve the mark Series and I'm hooked.

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  • Tim
  • 2019-02-19

Okay..... Not as good as the First

Loved the first book in this series. I found that this one took a long time to get going and was not near as attention grabbing.

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Fantastic, better than the first

I enjoyed this even more than Carve the Mark. It was beautifully crafted and performed.

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Great second in a series

This book has great characters, and the writing is substantial. Keeps you guessing and there is good action to follow. I love listening to books! #Audible1

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  • Mary Newton
  • 2018-10-05

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-29

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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  • Joia
  • 2018-07-27

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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  • Sheri-le Rupp
  • 2018-07-21

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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  • Lisa
  • 2018-07-07

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-23

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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  • Farmwife
  • 2018-04-25

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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  • Heather A. Henry
  • 2018-04-14

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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  • Holly Dale Becker
  • 2018-04-20

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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  • Jay-Tiz
  • 2019-08-04

The Fates Divide Book Review

My initial reaction: I don't know what is happening. 

If I am being honest, I read this book at the wrong time. I began reading this book during a busy time and found myself putting it down for days before picking it back up again. I really wanted to enjoy it, but given that I did not pay much attention to the first book, I had a hard time figuring out what all was going on in this second part of the series. I do blame myself for my lack of attention while reading this book and admit that some of my confusion and lack of interest in it is partially on me. 

However, with that being said, the story progressed in a way that didn't really draw me in. Again, due to putting the book down for days and not remembering what went down when I next picked it up, I found myself wanting to abandon the book altogether. I may simply have to re-read the series at a later point in time in order to really enjoy it. Though, I would like to comment that I did not find myself connecting to any of the characters in the story. When reading, I always like to find one character I want to follow and know more about, and I, honestly, did not find that character in this novel. I actually found myself confused with all the characters. I found myself forgetting who was who and which characters I was supposed to care about.

I would like to give this book another go in the future and have a much better and worthy review of it. But for now, I must simply state my thoughts when I read this book. My reading experience of it was not the same as with other books I have read. There are those stories that I read that go by so fast (the Shatter Me series) and end too soon (Girl in the Blue Coat and the Warcross duology) or those that I find myself completely invested in the lives of the characters (A Reaper at the Gate series); however this was not one of those books for me. I found myself asking when the chapter would end so I could take a break. The reading of it seemed to go by so slowly for me, that by the time I finished it, I was like, "about time." It was definitely not an experience I wanted to have, given that I really enjoy Roth's other series: Divergent. I will revisit this series and give it a second chance. I would like to think that the lower-than-usual review I am giving this book is partially my own fault. If that is the fact, I will be doing a more worthy review of the story when I revisit it. 

Audible Review:

Their narration was well done, and I did not have an issue with any of the narrators. Like with Carve the Mark, their narration at 1.0 speed was done really well and not so slow that I had to speed it up to be able to tolerate it as I have done with other audiobooks.  Their narration 1.25 speed was at what I would consider normal, conversation speed. The favorite listening speed for me was at 1.75 speed. The speed was just right for me. For those of us who like to multitask and listen on the go, I recommend listening at a 1.5 speed, so one does not miss anything. For those who are listening while reading the book and want to listen at a faster pace, I found 2.0 speed to be the best speeds. 2.5 speed was good too, but I liked 2.0 speed better and easier to follow. 3.0 was too fast for me, and I was missing a lot of what the narrator was saying and had to eventually slow down the narrator's reading speed. However, it is manageable. If you're used to speed listening, 3.0 speed should be manageable. 3.5 speed was definitely too fast for me.