I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Marked
on February 16, 2016 Pages:
368 Format: ARC Goodreads
Lyla Northstrom lives in a society where only the brightest and the best have a chance to go on to university. The rest are left to accept their lot and scrape by in a life of poverty, or join the Red Fists, a highly criminal and dangerous rebel group. After a misstep, Lyla is tattooed—Marked—as a criminal. Humiliated and all but ruined, she is on the verge of losing hope when she is offered a chance at redemption. She jumps at the chance, but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and perhaps losing even more than she thought possible. Graphic-novel-style vignettes revealing the history of her world provide Lyla with guidance and clues to a possible way out of the double bind she finds herself in, but even they may not be what they seem.
Marked was an extremely unique read! It follows the story of Lyla, who lives in a world that almost seems to be defined by status. There are diggers and the other lower-class citizens as well as the barons and the other upper-class citizens. Lyla’s parents are actually both diggers, though she and her sister, Hope, are working hard in Advanced Studies with alchemyks in order to do better in their lives. Lyla in particular wants to become an inventor because she loves machinery.
If you do something bad in this world, than you get a mark on your wrist so other people know that you’ve done something bad. Lyla herself actually gets marked because she goes to the shadow market in order to possibly buy a cheat sheet for her test. She also goes to try to get some medicine for her parents because they occasionally get the cough that only diggers and miners in this world suffer from. The one difference about Lyla’s marking is that she actually gets the chance to have her mark removed, though she has to go through quite a bit for that to happen.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked Lyla as a character and I also enjoyed the world a lot. I always find books with statuses pretty interesting and intriguing and I liked the idea of people being allowed to work hard in order to move up in society. However, I was really hoping that this book would offer a bit more background on how the world became the way that it did. I’m always a big fan of world-building so I would’ve loved to know a bit more. Did something happen to cause the world to become like this? Despite that, I did really like the uniqueness world that Laura created.
Another thing I found really interesting was the whole idea of being marked. People were judged so much for getting marked, but in reality Lyla was only trying to do well and ended up with a mark anyway. That was scary to think about! I think if you’re a fan of science fiction or fantasy then you will enjoy this book and the uniqueness that it has to offer.
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