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Division of the Marked

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

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    Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite Over the past sever

    Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

    Over the past several months I've read many books that ranged from very badly written to excellent. Fortunately, the very bad were only 2% of the total and the good to excellent made up the next 97%. Division of the Marked by March McCarron exceeds the definition of excellence and is solidly a 1%-er. This novel has everything anyone could possibly want in a thrilling read. Technically in the fantasy genre, there are broad strokes of action and adventure, suspense, science fiction, mystery, drama and yes, even romance. All of these sub-genres provide foundation to the primary plot in order to create the invaluable illusion of verisimilitude that I feel essential to a great work of fiction. In particular, the romance between Yarrow and Bray, although consistently in the background of the main events, is written to perfection and one of the strongest parts of the story.

    It is difficult to write a novel that seeks to provide moral, ethical and/or philosophical lessons without slowing the action down for a page or two or three in order to express these ideals; and Division is no exception. These "slow down" moments are spread throughout, but they are always brief, to the point, and the story subsequently reignites with the action and suspense that make it a top notch novel. All of the characters and their interactions are beautifully described in a "showing" method that allows the reader to instantly associate and empathize with them as each new situation arises. Equally well established is the how and why of Chisanta, the markings, and the rigors each of the chosen children must face in order to earn their individual gifts; all of which is ingeniously devised and truly fascinating.

    When reading fiction there is a requirement to suspend disbelief that often comes with a degree of difficulty, not so in Division of the Marked. Ms. McCarron executes exemplary writing skills to create a very real and believable world and a cast of characters that make the suspension of disbelief a foregone conclusion. If I didn't know better, I'd swear the author was a seasoned writer and regularly listed on the bestseller charts. The end, as it should, left me yearning for more. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. I refuse to compare this novel with other like-type genre novels. Division of the Marked is uniquely different than any other. I will predict however, that Ms. McCarron and Division of the Marked, along with the remainder of The Marked Series, will follow the same path to fame that Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games now enjoy.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Damn, the site ate my first attempt at review because of some te

    Damn, the site ate my first attempt at review because of some tech hiccup. So this attempt is unedited:

    I know it is the done thing now for adults to read YA, and there is nothing wrong with the genre per se, I just don't read it. I was given this to do a review, and it is now overdue.
    This might go well with teenagers, the characters are after all teenagers to start with, and while they are supposed to be 24 later in the book, they do still act and think as teenagers. A young person might also overlook the stereotypes and so on, not because they are stupid, I don't mean that, but because they have not had the time to read so many books yet: for example the ensemble cast, consisting of a suspiciously well-sourced cast from different backgrounds, the Orphan, the Boy from a Happy but Poor Family, the Rich Boy and the Country Boy, for example. They meet on a train on their way to a wizard school - no sorry, wrong book, these meet in a coach on their way to a sort of magic school. Then there is an attack by highwaymen (that serves no plot purpose except there always is one in fantasy, whenever people travel by coach).

    So, good news first, the book is decently edited, amusingly a hotel receptionist seems to have several head, but there are very few typos and the language is fluent, especially the dialogue. Thankfully the cover has been changed, the original, which you can see in the paperback, has an amateurish painting in it, while otherwise it is OK. The two-tone tree reflects the themes of the book symbolically, rather than be a direct representation. The setting is a bit thinly realised, but it is still good to have fantasy not set in mock-medieval land, this is more like 18th century, with gunpowder and the trappings of civilisation. The names are also good, Bray, Yarrow, Arlow etc, not the overly curly names some people insist on foisting on fantasy characters.

    The bad news is that besides the woefully immature and fairly one-dimensional (I have read worse, but a little flat anyhow) protagonists, the plotting is not done too well. There are logical inconsistencies with the way things are described, it is hard not to spoil it so cannot give too exact examples, but why for example did the writer write in a disabled character, only to sort of write him out again? There are none too many of them in YA literature... I imagine, as I said I do not read it. In fantasy too. The characters are given sort of superabilities, which vary from a genuinely super-superpower to meh, to something on the other hand failry useless and potentially a horrible, horrible tragedy - and no-one points this out? When the plot finally gets going, some of the plans the supposedly now professional characters do are just so poorly planned it's - no spoilers, remember?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2015

    Good read !!!

    Enjoyed very much !!!

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  • Posted January 26, 2015

    I loved this book. Characters are all very well developed, with

    I loved this book. Characters are all very well developed, with their own unique voices and characteristics, great plot, unique, wonderful pacing and Ms. McCarron's ability to create a world is remarkable. May not be suitable for some of the younger crowd as there are some themes that I don't believe my kids (11 and 8) are ready for, but I'd say it's appropriate for the 13+ crowd. Very well done. I'm off to read Elevation of the Marked!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015

    I loved it

    Well written, although there are some typos. The characters seem well fleshed out. The most interesting thing to me is the division of the two (3?) worlds that we are introduced to. Love the yin/yang analogy and can't wait to see what the author does with it. Will it stay divided?

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