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The Blending Time (The Blending Time #1)

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  304 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
In the year 2069, turning seventeen means mandatory Global Alliance work assignments that range from backbreaking drudgery to deadly canal labor. Trying to survive in a world that's been ravaged by plagues and environmental disasters, three "s'teeners" from the harshest backgrounds think they've gotten lucky. Jaym, Reya, and D'Shay are chosen to be among thousands of blend ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 8th 2010 by Flux (first published October 1st 2010)
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Jul 13, 2011 "Skippy" rated it liked it
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As much as I love dystopian fiction, I can't say I loved this book enough for it to warrant more than 3 stars.

Pros: The situations that all three characters were thrown into. It projects a scarily detailed and plausible vision of the future. I suppose it would have been better if the author had expanded on his concepts like WorldSpeak, GlobeTran, AIDS III, and SUN Colony two, because these were great ideas that didn't quite get their starring role in the novel. But it was intriguing
Monica Williams
Mar 20, 2012 Monica Williams rated it it was ok
I've been trying to pay attention to anything dystopian as I know it is a big teen trend and I am always looking for things to give out after someone has read The Hunger Games. I thought this book might have fit the bill and it starts out like a traditional dystopian work. The 3 teens are the main characters are Jayme, a lower class white boy, D'Shay, a young African American, and Reya, a Mexican refugee (note the very proper balance of races- not a criticism at all- but an example of how this n ...more
Charles Lai
Nov 11, 2015 Charles Lai rated it it was ok
The book I read was The Blending Time by Michael Kinch. This story is about three teenagers named Jaym, Reya, and D'Shay who are put into the blending program to help rebuild Africa while in the middle of a civil war. They are all brave and strong individuals to go through everything in Africa, the chaos, the pain. The ending is one of the best endings to a book I've ever read and seemed like a movie scene. The characters don't seem real because most people would die in the situations they go th ...more
Dalton Bogan
Oct 07, 2015 Dalton Bogan rated it it was ok
The Blending Time
Michael Kinch
In this story you follow three teens, Jaym, D’Shay, and Reya. They live in post-apocalyptic Africa. These teens try to make there way to Western Africa thinking they will have have a better life because no one really cares for them now. I was not very pleased with this book, it was just dull and not fun to follow. They only had one exciting climax which is at the end of the story. Anyone that likes a dull story from ages 12 to 22 would most likely like this book.
Krista Stevens
Still feels somewhat unedited = I liked the idea of this book set in 2069 when seventeen year olds are given mandatory work asignments to try and save the world and humanity after a devastating solar flare. However, I wish the author hadn't used quite so many abbreviations with lots of apostrophes - 'steeners for seventeeners and 'gades for renegades. They were excessive. I would have preferred just usng steeners and gades - I would have picked up the meaning. In that future world where everythi ...more
Jul 31, 2016 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult
The chapters alternate between the perspectives of three 17 year olds in a miserable existence in 2069, somewhere not too far from the ruins of Seattle. Through three pretty different paths, they all end up on a job assignment to be "blenders": colonists to help repopulate Africa. They are each tested in numerous ways by the forces around them, and their situations are as harrowing as any popular dystopian novel around.
A whole lot went down in this version of the world between 2010 and 2069--wa
Dec 10, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it
When I found The Blending Time by Michael Kinch in my local library I was hesitant I'd like it. Three hours later I found myself almost halfway through the book. It's surprised me how quickly I fell into it! My rotten human instincts liked the idea of "blending" so I read on to get any juicy details Kinch would cough up.
The chapters alternate between the three main characters and with how each chapter ended I was never left confused or frustrated. Wonderfully written!
Set in 2069, this is a truely disturbing dystopia. I won't summarize - goodreads does that for us - but it contains very mature themes, including rape. Not for fainthearted readers. However, it is a well told tale, if the various series of disasters seems overly contrived. Perhaps I'll get to write more another day, but worth the read if you're ready for it and enjoy the dystopian sci fi genre.
Feb 18, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
I really liked this dystopian novel. It was so different than a lot I have read in the genre. The book doesn't leave you hopeless and angry. It also brings up today's problems in a futuristic setting. I also liked the multicultural prospectives. A really good read for adults and older teens. Can't wait to read the sequel.

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The premise of the book is really pretty good - post apocalyptic world insert natural disasters, insert solar flares, insert soaring overpopulation, insert genetic crisis ... there's a lot of good things going for it. The most interesting part of this book is the enormous culture-clash experienced when the three s'teeners of interest D'Shay, Jaym, and Reya are assigned to help 'blend' and rebuild Africa (aka 'go forth and multiply' and 'enviro-eco-boost the damaged land') and the difficulties th ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Great Read!
Jun 11, 2016 Beth rated it liked it
In the year 2069, the world pretty much sucks. When you turn seventeen, you either get selected for a good job, or you get stuck doing backbreaking work on the canal or drafted into almost certain death in the military. This story focuses on 3 teenagers from different places who are all given the mysterious option of becoming a "blender" for the SUN program. Being a slave or cannon fodder aren't really better options so they each go for it. Jaym, Reya, and D'Shay are put together in the beginnin ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it
This book was a weird one for me. I wanted to really like it but at the end of the day, my like for it ended up falling pretty short of where I thought it was going to be.

My favorite aspect of it was the grittiness. I love gritty books that actually make you feel gritty and not in a grossed out way. I've read books where the characters are just gross but the world around them isn't. That just makes me gag, dirty characters. But when the world is gritty, and the author's awesome enough to actuall
Sarah Liggett
Oct 28, 2011 Sarah Liggett rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1-10
A futuristic dystopia based in the year 2069, the world has suffered several natural disasters and many governments have fallen or mutated as they may have in hundreds of years, over the short fifty years which this book projects. The Global Alliance mandates that any seventeen year olds must have a job placement. If they fail to obtain appointment then they will be assigned, or they will receive assignment if they are simply considered less desirable. This story follows the stories of three te ...more
Trisha Wolfe
Jan 24, 2011 Trisha Wolfe rated it really liked it
Wow. Okay, I have to say, I can believe that this dystopian novel may be a very close description of our future world. Mr. Kinch has an amazing talent for world building. I was able to visualize clearly the haunting and disturbing world around me. This story follows three s’teeners (seventeen-year-olds) Jaym, D’Shay, and Reya, as they come together in a chance meeting, all heading to help rebuild Africa. I was really drawn into their stories, their lives, and how the interacted, bonded, and came ...more
Janae C.
Jul 12, 2011 Janae C. rated it really liked it
Imagine being sent away half way across the world for a mission that vcould not be completed? well three teenagers have to do just that. Jaym, Reya, and D'Shay are on there way to repopulate Africa after a devistating solar flare nearly wipes out Africas' entire populateion.The three teenagers quickly become good friends while on there way to Africa. When they arrive to Africa ready to begin there mission they are encountered with some interseting issues. Jaym and
D'Shay make it to there villag
Jan 13, 2014 Phil rated it liked it
While not high art, a very interesting, if a bit brutal, look at the near future. In a world savaged by climate change, wars and famine, there's still just too many mouths to feed. What to do? The Global Alliance requires that every 17 year old on the planet do compulsory service, usually something borderline dangerous to winnow the herds. Our three are headed to be "blenders".. meaning they will mix their genes with assigned African partners in an attempt to save the African culture and ways of ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Emma rated it did not like it
Terrible. The writing and world building here are weak. Adding some arbitrary slang and throwing around new terms doesn't count as world building. The writing is meant to be 3rd person close POV but then shifts to first person thoughts without any indication of that change. While the main cast is diverse and I'm sure it's not the intent, the plot also smacks of a white savior narrative to me with the current version of the US going out to "save" Africa and repopulate. Pass.
Nov 26, 2012 Renae rated it liked it
An interesting premise that lost steam near the end.

The premise is that in the 2060's, Africa was decimated by solar flares, causing chromosomal abnormalities in the remaining population, guaranteeing that all pregnancies will end in stillbirths. On the other side of the planet, spared from the flares but still struggling, three teens are assigned to their careers--as SUN "blenders:" essentially pure breeding stock, that when blended with the African tribes, will ensure the survival of their rac
Oct 27, 2012 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Really, really good considering it's a YA dystopian novel. My only criticism is that it's too short. Not only would I have enjoyed seeing more of the story, the length limits the development of the world. It feels a bit like picking up a diary from sometime in the future and not having access to a history book. There isn't a lot of explanation of how the world came to be this way, just off-handed remarks by the characters. But the events and entities mentioned are understandable if you project a ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Desiree rated it really liked it
Blending time turned out to be a good read. The mix of characters and end of the world survivorship theme really kept the reader engaged. This would be a great transition book for the teen who typically reads graphic novels like the walking dead.
Aug 17, 2011 Angie rated it it was ok
This book had an interesting concept but it has to be the beginning of a series at least I hope it is because otherwise it is just an unfinished concept. The book was really too short and a little sparse on the details for me. It could have used a little more build up and editing/world building to make it a bit better. It felt like a lot of stuff was just left hanging or undeveloped. There were a lot of interesting things mentioned but then not explained. I guess they could be explained in futur ...more
Jan 27, 2011 Frank rated it liked it
Young adult fiction that moves pretty quickly. Better for older teens since it has some sexual suggestivity. The somewhat outlandish plot -- 17 year olds are assigned to community propjects to help rebuild society after global solar flaws destroyed society. The 17 year olds in this book are "blenders" and are sent to Africa to "blend" their DNA and procreate with Africans.

The plot moves pretty quickly.

It looks like a chapter series, with more books to come. That's not from anything but my own
Feb 17, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Fast read about possible future. Violent for youth read.
Jen Westberg
Jun 26, 2011 Jen Westberg rated it liked it
YA dystopian fiction. I am assuming this is the first book in a series. There was a lot of build up here and not much else. I liked the three main characters one of them really stood out among the group though. The world has gone through a rough time. Three seventeen year old kids are sent to Africa to blend with the population and rebuild it. The book is about the difficulties the three kids encounter in their quest. There is alluding to rape, so if that bothers you do not read this book.
Nov 15, 2012 Gapeach rated it liked it
It's 2069 and the world sucks. When you are seventeen you have to pick what you want to do for the rest of your life (none of the options are promising) When a new choice (Blending Program)comes up three young people( with different nationalities) meet eachother on their ship to Africa. Renegades who are opposed to the Blending Program are out to kill any Blender they can and the village who is harboring them. Great story, fast paced. Never got boring.
Note: This book is first in a series
Bethany Moon
Apr 22, 2011 Bethany Moon rated it liked it
I liked the book quite well, but I would've loved for it to have been a little longer so you could get a solid feel on the main characters. I got Jaym down pretty well since most of the book ended up being from his point of veiw after D'Shay met up with him. The others, Reya especially, didn't seem to have enough time in the spotlight to really shine. With how the book ended, though, there will probably be a sequel or a series, so maybe the next book will resolve some of these issues.
Kirk Plankey
May 31, 2013 Kirk Plankey rated it it was ok
I would give it 2.5 if I could. Nice story, the three main characters all develop well. The book ends although the story does not so this is definitely going to be a series or at least a trilogy. I would prefer a small series as the whole "trilogy" thing is worn thin. I would say it is primarily a book that should be aimed at the late teen/early 20;ls crowd, however at 49 I still enjoyed it.
While I'm not overly fond of post-apocalyptic type books that make life very difficult or tragic for children/teenagers, this book was very good. It was very short, and I wish it had been longer and gone further into the story than it did. I enjoyed all three main characters and will definitely be looking for the next book to see what happens to them.
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