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In the near future, when the world's population has been decimated by disease, the fortunate few live inside the Boundary, while the unlucky ones are left to die on the Outside. MaryAnn is one of the privileged. It doesn't matter that her friends can sometimes be cruel or that the boy she likes just threw up on her shoes, it's all about being noticed at the right parties. ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 2013 by Cillian Press
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La La
Apr 27, 2016 La La rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars on my blog. After reading the first chapter I thought it was going to be just another "cookie cutter" YA Dystopian novel, but I couldn't have been more wrong! Ms. Kipling imagines a fresh and thought provoking dystopian setting for her characters. I became so emotionally invested I didn't want the book to end. Fabulous reading entertainment with a message. A must read for every YA Dystopian genre fan.
Sarah
Oct 21, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFiction.

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

Blinded by the Light follows MaryAnn, daughter of an influential politician working for the Light and an upper class member of the Neighbourhood. But not all is as it seems. MaryAnn soon discovers there is more to the Light than meets the eye, and that life outside the Boundary may not be all that it seems.

Now I love a good post-apocalyptic/dystopi
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Xyra
Jun 22, 2014 Xyra rated it really liked it
Recommended to Xyra by: Linda "La La"
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. (If you read my reviews you know that I am forthright and open about my likes and dislikes.) I will try not to give anything away.

This is a great read. If I hadn't read chapter 1 when the book arrived and had just a little more time to read on Thursday, I would have started and finished in the same day. Joe Kipling's writing and characters swept me away on an interesting dystopian journey. In many of the dystop
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Safie
Mar 30, 2014 Safie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Kipling's Blinded by the Light is a very worthy addition to the pantheon of great young adult dystopian novels. The first book in the Union Trilogy, this is one of the most political young adult dystopias I have come across, a fact that makes it more engaging than some books in this subgenre. Joe Kipling is clearly interested in the finer details of how her imagined society is structured. After a catastrophic event, people have congregated in an area known as the Neighbourhood, protected ...more
D M Singh
Jun 21, 2014 D M Singh rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I found myself shouting at the main character for not seeing certain things, which to me is key. Unless I'm completely involved I find it hard to really like a book. I'm extremely glad this is a trilogy and I can't wait for the next instalment in October. The author has left a multitude of possibilities for the direction of the story. I found myself warming to some of the smaller characters, such as the Directors daughter. I found myself wondering how she would turn out in the ...more
Rachael
Mar 04, 2014 Rachael rated it it was amazing
I read Blinded by the Light as a newcomer to the dystopian genre, and loved it! The story follows MaryAnn as the central character who grows up fast through the discovery of painful truths about the society within which she lives.

The story is fresh and doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the reality of a dystopian society and the activities and people that operate in the shadows. The story had me hooked left me wanting more, can't wait for the next instalment.
Rose English
Jan 02, 2016 Rose English rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens & Young Adults
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‘Blinded by the Light ~ The Union Trilogy Book 1’ by Joe Kipling

Aimed at teen readers & young adults, this story follows the life of a fifteen year old girl, an Alpha, a spoilt little rich girl whose life couldn’t be easier. She has everything she wants until disaster strikes and her world is ripped open and exposed. Being cossetted within the privileged ‘Neighbourhood’ there is a naivety surrounding her that she must overcome in order to survive.

The story is set in the UK in the near future
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Julia Molloy
May 15, 2016 Julia Molloy rated it it was ok
From Lancaster alumna Joe Kipling comes her debut novel Blinded by the Light, a dystopian fiction for young adults set in the near future when the world’s population has been ravaged by disease. MaryAnn, a naïve and spoilt girl of 15, lives in the Neighbourhood, where the rich and powerful follow the ruling of the Light and live in constant fear of infection and the Feral Echo outside the Boundary, those who have been driven mad by disease. When she attends a party with her do-good parents, ...more
Ericka Greer
Feb 21, 2014 Ericka Greer rated it really liked it
(I was sent the free book by the author in exchange for an honest review)

In blinded by the light, we see MaryAnn as the daughter of a very influential legislator. The story's setting is surrounded by society living in safe neighborhoods after a virus had broken out and is separated into the Alphas who were your rich and powerful. The Deltas typically in today's world were your middle class working for the Alphas and the Echos who were on the outside and considered Ferals.

We have the Union which
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Blinded by the Light' is a dystopian young-adult novel, written by a British author. The first book in the Union trilogy it paints a bleak portrait of a future society which has been decimated by disease, leading to the formation of the Boundary. The latter has been set up to protect the people within it from the Echo who are feared by all.

The main character MaryAnn lives inside the Boundary with her parents. She's an Alpha - safe, well looked after and privileged. She always has enough synthet
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Emily
Sep 29, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Now, the dystopian genre has been one of my favourites recently. There have been excellent ones, terrible ones and ones that just seem like they’re trying too hard. Unfortunately the excellent ones are becoming rarer and you have to read 200 of the others to find a diamond. Now, I’ve done all the hard work and the searching for you, and I bring to you the diamond in the rough that is ‘Blinded by the Light’!

It’s a classic dystopian, with everything I love about the genre without seeming like it’s
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Bette Dick
Apr 07, 2014 Bette Dick rated it really liked it
I loved this book and particularly enjoyed the fact it was by a home grown author and therefore not full of American words. It left me wanting more and I look forward to the next one being published (in October I believe). The book is set in the future and is about a society after a cataclysmic virus has reduced and changed the population. The division of society between the Alphas who live a very privileged existence and the Delta who are the menials is totally believable and I can imagine how ...more
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Brit Lit : BLINDED BY THE LIGHT Book #1 2 3 Oct 22, 2015 09:25PM  
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With a surname like Kipling, Joes' future
as a writer might have been predetermined at
birth. . . . . well at least it assured her a good place
on the bookshelves.

An avid traveller she has spent many years backpacking around the world and by pure luck managed to avoid catastrophe, although she has been known to miss a flight or two.

She now lives in West Yorkshire and if she's not at home she’ll be
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