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The Blemished (Blemished #1)

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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
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 10th 2012 by Feed a Read
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess

How can I put my feelings about this book into words..? I don't think I can. This book is amazing. And it's terrifying.

This is an extremely well written Young Adult dystopia which could actually happen. And that's why it's terrifying. Look around you at the world, at the way women are treated even in this day and age, at the way beauty comes before all else (no matter how you kid yourself) and then this story becomes real.

The characters in this book are amazingly well written. Mina is so rea
Jul 19, 2013 Suzanne marked it as dnf
Shelves: dystopian
Unfortunately, I can't continue with this. The telling of her secret to someone she met the day before, a secret that they had to move town because, and one that could get herself and her father executed, was just too much for me. What other annoyances would lie ahead. Too many good books out there waiting to be read
Aug 30, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
This book was such a let-down in my eyes. I thought the premise sounded really interesting but it just wasn't well executed enough for me. The characters all felt quite two dimensional, nobody stood out to me at all - at least not in a good way - and I thought the love triangle or in this case.. square, was horribly done and just felt very cheesy and cliche. I know it's only 'teenage romance' but there are so many YA novels out there who got the romance part right as well.

Especially the boys in
Oct 13, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'As I followed degraded streets the sky turned to black in shadowy degrees, as though God had pulled a dark cloak above my head, except I knew that it was impossible because this world was Godless. It had to be.'

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Erin Laidley
Aug 09, 2013 Erin Laidley rated it it was ok
The Blemished takes place in the near future, where scientific advancements have created the "perfect" humans: no family histories of medical conditions or mental illnesses, and stunning good looks. These genetically enhanced humans, or GEMS, receive all of the advantages in life while the Blemished, who are what we would consider "normal" humans, are denied many of their basic human rights. While this concept is intriguing, it's also frightening. Scientists have already found a way to screen fo ...more
Emma Adams
The Blemished is a wonderful dystopian debut by young adult author Sarah Dalton, set in a sinister re-imagined Britain which has fallen under the control of the Genetic Enhancement Ministry. The protagonist, Mina Hart, is Blemished: she has genetic defects, and the best she can expect from life is an operation preventing her from ever having children. The Blemished are the imperfect, with no rights, and only able to take on menial jobs like cooking and cleaning for the perfect GEM’s. But Mina is ...more
Erin Farwell
Nov 29, 2013 Erin Farwell rated it it was amazing
Sarah Dalton has created an intriguing world populated with full-formed characters and a heroine you worry about and cheer on as she goes from one situation to the next. The book is well-paced, getting faster and faster as it reaches it's climax, carrying you along on the wave of energy and emotion. This is a great young adult book which I highly recommend.
S.J. Pierce
***2.5 out of 5 Stars***

I stumbled across this book on Amazon as one of the top free Downloads in the YA Science Fiction/ Dystopian genre, and oh, how I wanted to love this book. I really did. The premise had me salivating to dive into it and the way the book opens instantly had me hooked:

"Once, my mum told me a story about a princess, and it began with her stuck in a castle. My story begins with my head stuck in a toilet."

We then learn the protagonist is a girl named Mina who is considered Blem
Feb 08, 2017 Richelle rated it it was amazing
I have really enjoyed this book!  So much so that I have needed to purchase the rest of the series.

It was plot that enticed me.  The concept of Blemished and Gems became a reality as I thought of the possibilities of science today.  The blemished are the normal every day person, un-tampered with by science.  The Gems are the perfectly constructed DNA human beings.  The Blemished are trained to serve the Gems.  The blemished girls are given an operation at sixteen to stop any possibility of preg
Jan 28, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Thanks you, Ms. Dalton, for providing me a copy in exchange for a review.

I look for two things when it comes to a book I truly enjoy.
1. Creative world
2. Awesome characters

Did The Blemished meet these expectations and surpass them? Let's find out.

The Blemished appeared in my recommendations and the cover definitely intrigued me. The summary of the book is really something. A futuristic world filled with genetically-altered people and their not-so-perfect counterparts. Even though, it does see
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15-year-old Mina is blemished. This means that she has a genetic predisposition for a disease, and in a world where only perfect babies are cloned, this makes her a lesser member of society.

After cloning cured diseases such as diabetes and mental health problems, all babies are created and birthed in a lab, and are called GEMs, whilst those with imperfect genes are sterilised and not allowed to breed. Mina has just over a year until she will be sterilised,
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

firstly I would like to thank Sarah Dalton, author of The Blemished, for giving me this wonderful opportunity of reading and reviewing this fantastic books.

Well, where to start from? Okay, lets start with the outline of the story. So as we know from the blurb that in this futuristic story Britain is basically divided into two groups of people, as in sort of caste system where on one side we have the perfe
Jonel Boyko
Dec 15, 2012 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kristina Lucero
Dec 04, 2013 Kristina Lucero rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review and I just have to take the time to thank Sarah for this book!

This dystopian novel had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The beginning of the book Mina is young and inexperienced and like all teenagers she struggles to find her path in life. The GEMs are the next generation of humans, clones that are custom made to perfection. They are trying to prevent the Blemish, natural birth humans with all their di
Kate ★
Feb 09, 2015 Kate ★ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate giving negative reviews to books that hold so much promise. This is one of those books that I wished were better written and executed.

Though the story be typical - imperfect girl gets involved with two almost-perfect (if not perfect) guys while trying to battle the evil forces of society - I see potential for this. The idea that beauty is equal only to the outer appearance holds room for argument to our protagonist, Mina. In a world where there is division between those who had flawless l
Ivan Amberlake
Jun 23, 2014 Ivan Amberlake rated it really liked it
It was quite an exciting read. I especially enjoyed it from around 60% of the book till the end. The world building was well done, and the characters are likeable. On the whole, it's a good read for YA readers.
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Dystopia, control, rebellion, feminism, friendship.

This was a reread and I loved it absolutely as much as the first time round. Fantastic!
Emma Williams
Aug 28, 2012 Emma Williams rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. And also, thank heavens!

It is rare for YA novels to deal so directly and so successfully with feminist issues, and this one does it brilliantly. Girls who pick this terrific novel up will be looking for their usual dystopian fare, and they will certainly get it in spadefuls: danger, excitement, adventure, overcoming the odds, romance, racing hearts and some fantastic surprises about who can be trusted and who can't.

But they will also get something different. They will find a heroi
Jan 04, 2014 KG rated it it was ok
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***Review of an ARC***

First of all, the cover is really nice. That's what made me ask the author about getting an ARC for review. Plus the summary sounded like the kind of book that I would read.

The summary sounded really cool and the actual turned out to be not bad. It moved at a good pace and it didn't drag on. The world building and dialogue could use a little work, but with some editing this could be a really great story. It wasn't completely original, but what is these days? Parts of i
Joanne Armstrong
Jan 02, 2015 Joanne Armstrong rated it liked it
I struggled with the writing style in this book, and found it very hard to overlook. I felt my reins tugged this way and that way, my eyes and ears pointed directly at events, and this got very tiring. I'm a reader who likes to make up my own mind; I like to pick up clues like breadcrumbs, and it doesn't matter to me that the author is dropping them quite consciously. I just like to feel as though I'm doing some of it on my own.
The Blemished didn't allow me any of this independence, hence why I
Melissa Veracruz
Sep 05, 2014 Melissa Veracruz rated it really liked it
“With a sinking feeling I realized that despite fleeing my old home everything would remain the same.”

According to the afterward in the book, this is Sarah Dalton's first published book. I've read books 1&2 of her White Hart series and was in super serious love, so I figured this had the same potential. And it was definitely a page-turner. I was involved and intrigued despite the burgeoning love triangle with Sebastian and Daniel. I loved Mina's strong character and her never-surrender spiri
Jul 27, 2014 Lauren rated it did not like it
this kind of story is ok if its executed well. it can even be great if its executed well. this book is not executed well. its really bad and lacks basic sentence structure, paragraph fluidity, and terrible technique when it comes to leading a story and plot along. It was very jerky and rough to read. I didn't finish it, but i could tell i wasn''t going to miss much. I could take out a page long excerpt and the mistakes and bad quality writing are plentiful enough to point where you could tell th ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Abbie rated it liked it
I liked this one, but the beginning seemed a bit slow.

The characters:

Mina - Mina was a pretty good character. I loved how loyal she was. No matter how much she wanted to fight, she wouldn't do it without her friends.

Angela - I did like her, but she seemed to lack development in some areas. I felt like she was only really there to create another love triangle. I really wish she could of stuck up for Mina more.

Daniel - I liked how protective he was. Really wish we got to see more of his ability.

This book had an interesting concept of genetic perfection and imperfection, clones, secret powers, etc, but unfortunately had a few flaws in the execution. The worldbuilding is not solid- if Blemished are meant to be servants to the GEMs, but they're rendered sterile, in 60 or so years there will be no servants. What then? There are several continuity errors like Mina firing a gun and then a few chapters later, being taught to fire a gun. The characters know a lot about the world that would not ...more
♥ Marlene♥
This is the book I grabbed while frightened of reading any further with Deadly Urges.

A typical YA book. One thing that I wonder about. She sometimes writes like I do,meaning like English is not her first language. :)

Two examples.
We were stood on the tatty ghetto pavement...

and twenty steps I was stood over her, the girl who pushed my head into a toilet.

I think this is coming from Northern England. Noticed some people on BB talk that way. Anyone who knows more?

ETA: Update September 11.
Finished it
Shalini Boland
I bought The Blemished on Kindle and didn't turn my light off till 1.30am this morning because I couldn't put it down! This is a great YA dystopian novel which ranks up there with Divergent and The Hunger Games.

Mina Hart has all the usual teenage worries and a whole lot more - from bullying and first love to the more sinister threats of 'The Operation' and 'Twitching Sundays'.

There are two love triangles, some terrifying characters and all this is set against the backdrop of a sinister and unr
Mallory Kellogg
Dec 18, 2014 Mallory Kellogg rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. A great dystopian read, with a mix of Divergent and Uglies. The only thing it needed was a better editor. Missing commas and some wrong words. But nothing that really detracted from the story.
Megan S
Mar 30, 2016 Megan S rated it it was amazing
Finished in two days and loved it!! Can't wait for book 2!
Sep 13, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book, I would recommend this book to any one who wants an excellent read. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
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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 Liter
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