The Blemished [NOOK Book]

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A beautiful world comes at a price...

In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child.

Mina keeps a dangerous secret which she never thought she could share until she meets Angela on her first day at St Jude's School. But their friendship is soon complicated by Angela’s adoptive brother ...

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The Blemished

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Overview

A beautiful world comes at a price...

In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child.

Mina keeps a dangerous secret which she never thought she could share until she meets Angela on her first day at St Jude's School. But their friendship is soon complicated by Angela’s adoptive brother Daniel. Mina finds herself drawn to his mysterious powers and impulsive nature. Then there is the gorgeous clone Sebastian who Mina is forbidden from even speaking to…

The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.

Book one in the popular YA dystopia series 'Blemished'.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148202714
  • Publisher: Sarah Dalton
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Blemished , #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 9,684
  • File size: 507 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader of most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine, Apex Magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fangtales-Ber...
She is currently working on her first novel The Blemished which is a Young Adult dystopian novel.

Follow Sarah on twitter @sarahdalton

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    I love dystopian novels, and really enjoyed The Blemished. It wa

    I love dystopian novels, and really enjoyed The Blemished. It was a quick and exciting read, it was able to keep my attention from beginning to end.

    The story was engaging and had a lot of twist and turn that kept me on edge. There were some questions that popped up along the way that made me want to read more. There was plenty of action throughout the story which made sure it never dragged, and some heart wrenching moments that made you feel for some of the characters. The is not just a love triangle but a love square which adds tons of drama to the story. One thing I could not shake the entire time I was reading was how much the book reminded me of the Uglies series, that was kind of distracting.

    The characters for the most part were pretty well rounded, some of them could have use a little more development. I hope to get to know some of the characters more in the future books. Mina was a great character, she's very strong willed and has a good head on her shoulders. Angela was a meek character that tries to stay under the radar, but she is stronger than she looks when it come to the people she cares about. Daniel is a natural born leader and very loyal to his friends. Sebastian, I couldn't quite figure out his deal through the story, but I hope there is more of him in the next book. Elena is the character I most hope returns in the next books as she seems like a complex character and I want to know more about her.

    The ending left some open questions that makes me look forward to reading the rest of this series. Overall this was a great dystopian novel and an entertaining read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Sarah Dalton certainly wastes no time in drawing boundaries! In

    Sarah Dalton certainly wastes no time in drawing boundaries! In the first chapter alone, we learn how severely GEMs and Blemished differ in society, we meet two intriguing characters outside the protagonist, and we’re tossed into the mystery surrounding the big secret Mina. It’s definitely a great setup to expectations of more excitement throughout the rest of the book.

    I have grown very tired of the love triangle thing that a lot of authors tend to include, and this one adds in a fourth angle. The worst part is that a lot of it could probably have been solved by talking honestly with the right people. That being said, I like the direction it heads in later in the book. I know it’s part of a planned trilogy and will be continued, but I do feel like the ending was truncated. It felt incomplete and we’re still left with so many unanswered questions. Makes you expect a lot from the next installment.

    In its entirety, the story was a fast and easy read. It flows well, but that majority of the story tugs on heart strings. I spent a great deal of my reading time sad, bordering on depressed, and almost in tears. There was one part that I did cry a boatload. So much to deal with so young. I doubt I could live in the world that Sarah has painted so vividly.

    Emotionally charged, The Blemished is a powerful debut novel in which kids grow up far too fast and have the weight of the world on their shoulders. It’s a very different and intriguing world. Don’t miss out on this fresh YA novel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Really

    Good book. A manhole in the forrest, really??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Loved it!

    Great start to the series!

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

    This story had such a unique concept. While not everything is ex

    This story had such a unique concept. While not everything is explained in this first story, it is captivating enough to want to read the following and see what exactly is going on. The characters were pretty enjoyable as well. I do wish things were explained a bit more and I wish I could connect with the characters more, but I still enjoyed this and I'm still looking forward to the next in the series.

    Mina is the main character in this. She is a Blemished girl and definitely knows it. She knows what she is classified as, but does not necessarily agree with it nor does she seem okay with it. Having recently moved, she is stuck trying to learn a new school and make new friends. She seems to be able to do this pretty easily. She is likable and she definitely tries to do the right thing, but I didn't click with her as much as I would have liked.

    The main reason I think I did not click with all the characters was because of the slight love triangle that happened. When done right, I can live with them, but in this particular story it just seemed to be a way to move the plot along and didn't serve much purpose for any of the characters. I did like both of the guys, Sebastian and Daniel, but I did like Daniel better. He seemed to be more real in my opinion and not so bland.

    The whole idea of GEM and Mina's powers is intriguing. I already have a lot of theories about why GEM really was created and I can't wait to see what the truth is. This would have been a total four had I enjoyed this the whole way through. It was a bit hard for me to get into and really WANT to read (I think because I didn't completely connect with the characters) but it definitely grew on me and I did really like it by the end.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    A great YA Dystopian! *Book source ~ Won in a LibraryThing give

    A great YA Dystopian!

    *Book source ~ Won in a LibraryThing giveaway. Many thanks to the author and LibraryThing.

    Mina Hart and others like her are Blemished. The Genetic Enhancement Ministry has taken over Britain except for small pockets of resistance. Mina lost her mom to the Resistance, fighting against the life where GEM creates perfect clones and the Blemished are treated like cattle with imperfect genes. Or slaves to do the crappy jobs the GEMs don’t want to soil their lily-white hands doing. However, among the Blemished Mina is different. She can make objects move with her mind and that’s a secret she has to keep or risk losing her life. When she and her dad move to Area 14 she meets new friends, but she also gets into a lot of trouble until she and her friends have to run for their lives. Will they get away? Or will they be captured by GEM?

    This was a unique take on the classic dystopian. I have to say I can’t recall reading a story quite like this one. The world is interesting, the characters fairly well-developed and the plot moves along quickly. It is a bit rough in spots, but overall the story advances quite well. There are still many questions that need answered and I have a hard time believing Mina’s dad just up and left her, but for the most part I’m along for the ride. I look forward to seeing what happens in book 2.

    All-in-all a great YA, dystopian, fantasy, action book with a sprinkling of romance that makes for interesting reading.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    I will start by saying that you know this book already. You know

    I will start by saying that you know this book already. You know the heroine that starts off meek and grows into a self-reliant badass. You may even know the love triangle between the two main male characters. You know, the boys-not-yet-men where one is sweet and safe while the other seems sweet, but has secrets (AKA the "Bad Boy"). The magic doesn't happen in a retelling of roles that have been reappearing in books such as The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent, Uglies and many other current YA novels. Honestly, there's even a bit of The Handmaid's Tale in this story; which adds a bit to the creep factor.




    No, all the magic happens in the way Ms. Dalton expertly weaves her own story through these clichéd characters and makes it personal. It makes those of us who are fans of the books I mentioned excited for meaningful characters that you truly care about. What good is a story when you have no one in them that you can care about? I nearly cried at the cruelty of some of the people in this book!




    If you are Blemished, you honestly have such a stack against you already just for being born. You cannot attend school to learn typical school topics if you are a girl. You just learn "tools of the trade" so that you can become SERVANTS to those who are not Blemished, or GEMs. If you are a Blemished boy, you learn to labor and do not get to go to school. The girls also get mandatory hysterectomies at sixteen because the Blemished cannot "mate." And, yes, it is referenced as "mating" because no one dares thinks of The Blemished as human. Imagine a world where you can create your own genetically perfect child. It sounds like a great and interesting idea, until this book delves into the consequences of messing with Mother Nature and/or God's plan.




    Oh, yes, and let's not forget (without giving any spoilers) that some of our main characters have supernatural powers that take a back burner to the main plot. Has genetic mutation allowed those of The Blemished make a stand against the "perfect" humans, or is it because of these "freakish" powers that they started banning the Blemished from procreating? It makes me really want to start right in to the next book to search for answers.




    I enjoyed this book so much. It captured all that I loved from my favorite YA novels and added new elements to make the story truly unique. You will not regret reading this book; not one little bit.


    I received this book from a LibraryThing member giveaway directly from the author in return for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed above are my own, and I was not monetarily compensated for penning this review.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    By Momma on May 18, 2013 I very much enjoyed reading The Ble


    By Momma on May 18, 2013


    I very much enjoyed reading The Blemished. Dystopian is one of my favorite genres, but this book is so much more than that. There’s a little bit of everything! Good guys, bad guys, action, magic and even a little adventure.

    The story is well written and not “tired”. The pacing is fantastic! The romance was sweet and not too over the top. The characters were all quite believable and most have a good amount of dimension. I found myself very invested in Mina and her escape. This book is full of surprises and I enjoyed it If you like young adult dystopian so you will you.

    Later there will be a review for The Vanished, but it made it to my personal TBR list! I can’t wait to read it!

    I absolutely recommend this book for teens and adults.
    What does Momma Think?

    Momma gives The Blemished by Sarah Dalton 4 cookies!

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    This novel is extra scary simply because you can picture the eve

    This novel is extra scary simply because you can picture the events happening.  Based on the storyline, it is so easy to see genetic engineering following this path that it makes you shudder.  This leads to events and times that are completely heart wrenching.  You can barely fathom the very real issues that these characters live with, yet they are brought to life so vividly that you feel for them.  This realism combined with Dalton’s phenomenal storytelling creates a world that you feel completely immersed in yet never want to visit.




    This novel was also very well written.  Everything flows so seamlessly that you can immerse yourself completely in the storyline and characters.   The world comes to live through Dalton’s descriptions of locales and settings.  You can picture yourself walking through the various sections of the England that she has built for her story.  




    As unique as this novel was, the best part about it was the characters.  Each and every one of the major characters is extremely well developed and loveable in their own way.  You know who they are and where they came from.  You can see the various trials and tribulations that they have been through to build them into the individuals that they are today.  None of them have had easy lives.  It is refreshing to read about something other than the upper strata of society.  Yet at the same time, the author shows that they do not have carefree lives either.




    This was a phenomenally well written first novel for an up and coming new author.  It leads you into a world that you can get lost in while giving you something to hope for and believe in.  Well done!

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