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Trols each person’s destiny The Machine decides what work you will do and who your life partner will be In this world everyone must make their contribution Some than others Juliet Seven – “Ettie” – will soon turn 15 and her life as a Yet again I find myself asking why this was chosen as a school setwork book Yes the author is South African and I want to support South African writers But I find myself less inclined to want to support them when they are forced on me and I feel that the reason is not in the best interests of our kidsI found the characters rather stunted I know that there is a distinction between appearance vs reality let s use the phrase that EVERYONE is going to use to discuss this well indoctrinated kids but there is very very little that actually shows the reality and not the appearance I don t want to take it as fact that a character is really kind and caring I want actual proof of it and in than one place please The world building was well done but I feel it was at the expense of the characters The significance the lesser characters have is lost in the world building as they appear to be a means to reveal another fact and are not people in their own right until the end oops Spoiler MaybeBut what I detested the most was the ending especially for a school book even though it is my pet hate in all circles The ending is a gimmick to make you buy the next book It ends on the cliffhanger No book should end on a cliffhanger It means the story is incomplete and not properly structured or else you are wanting to milk your readers for twice the amount of cash I refuse This will not be the first book I have abandoned here Structure your plot properly care for your readers especially in this country where SA books cost a fortune and we will care for you in return

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In the future the world has flipped Ravaged by the Conflagration this is a harsh world where the relentless sun beats down people’s lives are run by a heartless elite and law is enforced by a brutal brigade A mark at the base of the spine con Having taught English for 10 years I can safely say this has been the worst novel I ve ever taught My problems with the bookCharacters The characters are poorly developed Ettie is an unreliable narrator and her personality does little to nothing to create sympathy in the reader If I don t care about the character s goals what is the point in reading about her In addition the other central characters are not memorable in any way The society in Slum City is so striated that it makes things unnecessarily difficult The book could have worked just fine with three main classes the posh the workers and the rejects Sub sectors of each class should not take up as much plot time as they do Bulbring gives us no reason to care about the other classes as they are often only used to further the storyline There is nothing inherently wrong with this but then don t ask us to care about these groups who serve no real purpose Structure The story structure gives the impression that it was written as one lengthy novel but was then cut randomly in order to make a seueltrilogy Once again I have nothing against a good seuel but the books should be well written enough to stand alone The general feedback from students is that the novel s ending is illogical and frustrating Worldbuilding The novel is set in the dystopian Slum City and Bulbring does everything she can to constantly remind us that this world is so deeply broken and people have lost all sense of their common humanity However she seems to have decided on the is approach and conseuently the novel is peppered with unnecessarily graphic descriptions of fist sized flies oppressive heat bug juice rats poor sanitation sweat etc etc Such imagery has shock value initially but then the reader is desensitised and the conditions she describes become normal In addition the language consistently prevents the reader from building a fluid relationship to any aspect of the story because some descriptions are so unnecessarily gross The real tragedy of this situation is that the department of education had the potential to choose something truly remarkable yet they chose this I will not be reading book 2

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Drudge will begin her fate mate mate will be chosen Like everyone else her future is marked by the numbers on her spine But Ettie decides to challenge her destiny And in so doing she fulfils the prophecy that was spoken of before she even exist story line is a bit difficult to understand from the beginning but as you continue reading the story make sense and you get a understanding of what is actually happening in the book It is a GR 10 novel so a was a must to read this book I enjoyed the book very must I recommend picking up this book just at least once


About the Author: Edyth Bulbring

Edyth Bulbring is an award winning author of nine Young Adult novels The Summer of Toffie and Grummer which was shortlisted for the English Academy's 2010 Percy FitzPatrick prize for Youth Literature Oxford University Press February 2008; Cornelia Button and the Globe of Gamagion Jacana April 2008; The Club Jonathan Ball Publishers September 2008; Pops and The Nearly Dead Penguin March



10 thoughts on “The Mark

  1. says:

    I read this because it is one of the new prescribed books for grade 10 at the school where I'm doing observation at the moment I'm a little sceptical of genre fiction being used as prescribed texts even though I obviously enjoy science fiction and the like in general so I wanted to see what the rationale was in choosing a book that is obviously following the dystopia girl hero trendAnd after reading it the rationale was

  2. says:

    Having taught English for 10 years I can safely say this has been the worst novel I've ever taught My problems with the bookCharacters The characters are poorly developed Ettie is an unreliable narrator and her personality does lit

  3. says:

    Before you roll your eyes at what you may consider to be yet another YA dystopia read you can be reassured that The Mark by Edyth Bulbring isn’t cast in the same mould as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as so many recent releases have b

  4. says:

    I read this book as part of my school curriculum Needless to say I obviously read these books within a day of getting my hands on them this one however didn't go that way at all In fact I finished it about three months after I received it Ob

  5. says:

    Yet again I find myself asking why this was chosen as a school setwork book Yes the author is South African and I want to support South African writers But I find myself less inclined to want to support them when they are forced on me and I feel that the reason is not in the best interests of our kidsI found the characters rather stunted I know that there is a distinction between appearance vs reality let's use the phrase that EVERYONE is

  6. says:

    The Mark is a dystopian novel that takes place after the world has burned and the sun beats down mercilessly It is hell on earth in ways than one The elite few have all the privileges and use their power to dominate everyone else There are horr

  7. says:

    story line is a bit difficult to understand from the beginning but as you continue reading the story make sense and you get a understanding of what is actually happening in the book It is a GR 10 novel so a was a must to read this book I enjoyed the book very must I recommend picking up this book just at least once

  8. says:

    Oh please this book is awesomeI know there isn't descriptions about the characters in this one that's because the author wanted us to create them ourselvesthis book is so savage whoahoping for a part 2 👆

  9. says:

    this book was just simply amazing i enjoyed reading it there was never a dull point in the book i was on the edge of my sit

  10. says:

    Awesome but ending is sht

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