The Vanished

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"The Compound bustled with action and anticipation, causing my stomach to do a flip. I stopped in my tracks, realising something, something I hadn't thought of before. We were going to war, and people were going to die."

The Vanished are the forgotten: those who live beyond law or society. Mina fought for freedom. She fought for a better life - a future. But even a free world can decay.

As Mina begins her new life in the Clans she meets people with surprising knowledge about her...

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The Vanished (Blemished, #2)

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Overview

"The Compound bustled with action and anticipation, causing my stomach to do a flip. I stopped in my tracks, realising something, something I hadn't thought of before. We were going to war, and people were going to die."

The Vanished are the forgotten: those who live beyond law or society. Mina fought for freedom. She fought for a better life - a future. But even a free world can decay.

As Mina begins her new life in the Clans she meets people with surprising knowledge about her power, knowledge that could change everything - even her relationship with Daniel. But as she makes new friends, old friends turn against her in shocking betrayal.

Life in the Compound is tough; there are ways and traditions so strange that Mina begins to suspect foul play at the very heart of her new home. Instead of leaving corruption behind in Area 14, Mina is faced with the rotten core of human nature as a Clan warlord threatens to invade the Compound. The Clans are turning against each other and Mina is stuck in the middle.

The Vanished is the second instalment in the Blemished series and follows Mina's story as she continues to challenge those in power and seek out new dangers. With even more rebellion, romance and betrayal, The Vanished promises to take the reader on a roller-coaster ride of adventure and emotion.

Will freedom fall?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481863391
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/30/2013
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 437,188
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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 for 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.

Follow Sarah on twitter @sarahdalton

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

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    'The Vanished' is the second book in a young adult dystopian ser

    'The Vanished' is the second book in a young adult dystopian series that continues where the first installment left off - with Mina Hart escaping from Area 14 into the Clans to freedom and to reunite with her dad. Even though this new place is supposed to be a fresh start, Mina begins to suspect things aren't as they appear in the Clans, especially when her best friend turns against her and the other people in the compound are extra wary of her. There's a war brewing between the Clans, with Mina stuck right in the center of things.

    This was an action packed sequel that had me completely sucked in from the first page. Mina continues to grow as a main character. She's attempting to grow accustomed to life outside of Area 14 and her newfound freedom, as well as being reunited with her father. There's definitely a lot of action with the Clans people turning against each other and Mina encountering distrust and contempt from the others in her new home. Along with fighting each other, the Clans people must always be on guard against the Enforcers from Area 14, leaving little time for rest and relaxation. The plot continued to be enthralling and I was devouring the book as fast as I could to see what would happen with the characters and the brewing unrest. The writing was fast paced and very well done. The descriptions were vivid and I easily found myself slipping into the story alongside the characters. This book is a dystopian novel, but also adds several other genres into the mix including action, mystery, adventure and romance. It definitely appeals to fans of several different types of fiction and crosses over barriers easily. Overall, this was a fantastic second book in what continues to be a thrilling YA dystopian series that readers will definitely want to get their hands on.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

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    I don't know how Sarah Dalton did it, but she exceeded the previ

    I don't know how Sarah Dalton did it, but she exceeded the previous book in this trilogy. I couldn't imagine this trilogy getting any better, but she raised the bar and it has! This book picks up right from where the first book ended, which I really appreciated since the first book ended with nerve wracking action. :)

    Mina has really come into her own and does a lot of growing in this installment. She's wiser, braver, but also wielding a heavy grudge against her father. I understand why she felt like he abandoned her, but I don't think he really had much time to explain to her what was going on, especially since their conversations were being monitored. She's been through a lot, learning shocking family secrets and having to deal with those very quickly with no time to process them. With all of the revelations and situations she has had to deal with, she handles herself very well in my opinion.

    There were many surprises along the way. Relationship dynamics change--sometimes for the better, other times for the worse. New characters are introduced, and my favorite characters are also in this novel. I love the Scavengers, especially Ali! I love Mina and Daniel. I quickly came to love the new characters as I got to know them.

    Just wait until the huge twist is revealed at the end! My mouth hung open in shock--you'll never see it coming. As a matter of fact, I'm still in shock! I'm excited and looking forward to the next book, especially after the ending to this one! How am I going to wait until it comes out?? I highly recommend these books--The Blemished (Blemished #1) and this one, The Vanished (Blemished #2). If you're looking for a great dystopian, you're at the right place! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 18, 2013

    It¿s always great when a sequel picks up right where the last in

    It’s always great when a sequel picks up right where the last instalment in a series left off.  The reader isn’t left wondering or guessing what happened in the interim period.  That is exactly what Dalton did with this novel.  It was made all the better and much trickier by the fact that the first instalment in the series wasn’t a cliff-hanger.  That said, once into this novel, it was completely different (yet somehow still the same) as its predecessor.




    This novel was just as intense as the first in the series, but in a completely different way.  Although genetic manipulation and mutation still plays a major role in the story, there is a great deal more fighting in this novel.  The story at the core remains the same but Dalton runs with it.  With this twist, she avoids the staleness that can occur in a series that never changes, evolves, or in this case, mutates.  The story remains extremely well written.  Dalton employs many different techniques while describing the world that her characters find themselves in.  Through the symbolism found in colour and scent she very subtly, yet effectively, differentiates between individuals and locales.




    Character development continues in this novel in a very efficient manner.  Characters learn a great deal about themselves through their interactions with others and through situations that they find themselves immersed in.  Being caught up in peer pressure causes them to fight for who they are.  They also grow up quite quickly due to the lack of parental units but yet remain true to themselves.  I thoroughly enjoyed that most of the characters held to their beliefs and didn’t do things that made them uncomfortable.  It was very nice to see them being the same individuals at the end of the novel as they were at the beginning, regardless of what they went through or how hard they had to fight to get back to themselves.




    If the uniqueness of this novel doesn’t grab you then the characters will draw you into their world.  Dalton has an amazing way with words that connects your imagination to hers.  You can’t help but love the characters and want to help them through the unimaginable yet very possible world that they live in.

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