Two things to say here:
First, check out how his ears fit in the little cut outs 😂😸✨
Second, have you read #carvethemark
yet? I made a point of tracking down a copy after all the controversy. Some folks were going around saying it was racist and promoted self-harm, and that it should be boycotted. Which, imho is going a little far - censorship and book banning are terrible things whether it's the right or the left calling for it, and it's important for all of us readers to be responsible and read and think for ourselves. (Informative reviews that mention potential issues are good though.) Ok, public service message over, on to the review!
While I've seen the movies, I've never read #veronicaroth
series, so I didn't know what to expect. I gave this a 3/5 stars for some really interesting and well-developed ideas that... I totally didn't enjoy reading about. Yeah. It just felt dark and like a lot of work from the start. Partly that's because it's scifi with a ton of detailed worldbuilding, which pays off. There's some good character driven emotional resonance, complex personalities and an intricate examination of social and familial influence, trauma and fate. But is it racist?
No, quite the opposite in fact. If anything, this book seems to have been written to engage the idea of how power hungry leaders and historic interactions between peoples develop into racist attitudes. I wrote a detailed examination on Goodreads (find me /kaiespace), but anyone who thinks this was some sort of anti black/POC propaganda either DNF or missed the part where both races are described as diverse and as the story develops, you see things from multiple perspectives including conflicting histories that flip the narrative. Hugely timely esp. in light of current day attitudes about the Middle East. Again, not racist. Not pro pain either - it's more about accepting yourself and owning your actions than glorifying pain. Great nuanced and thoughtful exploration of a ton of complex and timely topics - but it does make for a heavy, lengthy tale.😅