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The Blemished

(Blemished #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,125 ratings  ·  271 reviews
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
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik vond dit zo’n heerlijk boek! De wereld is echt enorm interessant en goed en gedetailleerd uitgewerkt: ik vond het zo tot om te lezen over de G.E.P.’s en de Onzuiveren en ik heb echt vol gretigheid alle informatie opgezogen. De schrijfstijl leest als een trein, de personages worden gaandeweg beter en het verhaal is boeiend, spannend en verre van voorspelbaar. Het heeft zijn imperfecties, maar ik heb er absoluut van genoten! Nu maar hopen dat deel 2 en 3 ook vertaald worden... Uitgebreide recen ...more
Jul 19, 2013 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 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
Monica Haak
2,5/5 sterren. hmm ik vond dit boek niet zo lekker lezen. de schrijfstijl van de auteur stond me wat tegen, de liefdes driehoek vond ik in dit boek irritant en de personages vond in saai. het concept is wel gaaf, maar daar had meer mee kunnen worden gedaan.

recensie 13 februari op
Rebecca {Not reviewing at the moment}
'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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Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pfoe, dit was absoluut een YA zoals ik hem al een tijdje niet gelezen had!

Onzuiver speelt zich af in een toekomstig Groot-Brittanië, waar de mensheid niet meer is wat het geweest is. Het is een gemengd leven geworden van Onzuiveren, en G.E.P.’s: de mensen die perfect gecreëerd zijn door middel van het gebruik van de juiste genen, en wat nogal voor wrijving tussen de mensen zorgt. Dat Onzuiveren moeten werken voor de G.E.P.’s en slecht worden behandeld, helpt daar niet aan mee, en maakt dat de kl
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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,
Erin Laidley
Aug 09, 2013 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
Dec 15, 2012 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
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
Kate ★
Feb 09, 2015 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
Erin Farwell
Nov 29, 2013 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
Jeanine Feunekes-Both
Het verhaal leest vanaf het eerste begin vlot en het tempo blijft hoog gedurende het hele verhaal. Mina is een nieuwe leerling op de Judasschool. Oorspronkelijk woonde ze met haar vader in regio 10 in Groot-Brittannië, maar vanwege omstandigheden is zij samen met hem overgeplaatst naar regio 14, een voor Onzuiveren harde regio, om daar een nieuwe start te maken.

"Onzuiver" gaat over een samenleving waarin schoonheid en goede genen allesbepalend zijn. Genetisch gemanipuleerde mensen en kinderen zi
Feb 08, 2017 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 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
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Never Never Land
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
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
Jan 22, 2013 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.

Ivan Amberlake
Jun 23, 2014 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!
Merhabalaar 2017ye son kitabımı bırakayım dedim.. Bu kitabı geçen hafta bitirdim, şu anda da ikincisini okuyorum ama denk gelip de yorum atamamıştım o zaman şimdi sıra yorumda!

Kitapta Mina adında 16 yaşında olan bir kızın, distopik ve aynı zamanda fantastik dünyasında olanları okuyoruz. Yazar ikisini de karıştırayım demiş.
Mina, kadınların kısırlaştırıldığı, bebeklerin ise laboratuvar ortamında eşsiz güzellikte üretildiği bir toplumda yetişen ama lekeli olarak doğan bir kız. Bunun anlamı, mükemm
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
For some reason I started this book with super low expectations. That might have been because someone else bought it for me, or because I didn't like the cover. But I was completely blown away by this one . It has been a while since I devoured book as fast as I did with The Blemished.
The Blemished follows Mina heart, a girl with "blemished" genes. The blemished are second class citizens, they are considered worthless and become slaves for the Children of the GEM. "GEMs" are genetically modified
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Onzuiver is het verhaal geschreven door Sarah Dalton en vertaald door Olga Hoekstra. Voor de blogtour Onzuiver heb ik bij deze een recensie voor jullie klaar liggen.

Terwijl ik eigenlijk nog steeds aan bekomen ben van het verhaal, schrijf ik ondertussen deze recensie. Eerst en vooral wil ik zeggen dat ik het boek Onzuiver zeer geslaagd vond. Het verhaal was vrij origineel. Zeker voor een dystopia. Waar ik zeker van genoot was de opbouwende spanning die zo goed beschreven was. Ik ging niet slapen
Emma Williams
Aug 28, 2012 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 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 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
Sep 05, 2014 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
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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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