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A thriving black market—fueled by healers convinced of their supernatural medicinal properties—created an uncontrollable demand for the most grisly commodity to obtain—

the body parts of the colorless people.


After the murder and maiming of countless people afflicted with Albinism, the South African government realized that they had to intervene. Out of the desire to protect
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published June 23rd 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 17th 2014)
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Kasey Jackson
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author of this book, but I guess I can still review it. This is my first novel. My first ANYTHING really. But I am so proud to be able to call it my own. This book is so unique. There are very few books--none that I have found in my years of looking--that are anything like this book. I hope that my readers fall in love with my Anytha. My Tabitha. I hope they can almost feel themselves sitting in the shade of a Jacaranda as the buds fall all around them. I hope they can feel the story. ...more
Ellen Gable
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I received a request from Kasey Jackson to review her “allegorical pro-life suspense novel,” Blue, I was intrigued by the synopsis.

The book takes place in South Africa. Many are convinced of the healing powers of the body parts of those with Albinism. The demand grows quickly and countless people with Albinism are murdered and maimed. The government intervenes and the Humane Harvest Compounds are established. The government protects them, but at the same time, exploits them.

Fifteen years
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Betsy (Bookcrastinators in Wonderland)
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We were offered a copy of the book for review by the author- thanks, Kasey!

Before I get started.... #thatcovertho! It's such a gorgeous cover. #coverporn ...scroll back up- I'll wait.

What a beautifully written book! This is one of those reads where you get so engrossed that it's hard to put it down. It's also the kind of book you really have to focus on so I recommend you don't read anything else while you're reading this one.

The
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Patricia Orozco
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The novel Blue is an incredible story about two young women who find themselves both living in South Africa during the mid 90's. Although each of them on very different paths, a series of seemingly unrelated event will forever change both their lives. Questions about who they are and what they believe. Will cause both young women to choose to stand apart from what they always believed to be true.

Get to know Anytha and Tabitha as they live their day to day lives.
Anytha will take you to thru
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Jordan Francoeur
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
BLUE is under the genre title histopian,which is a cross between historical lit and dystopian lit. Many of the events that take place in this novel actually happened and some are pure fiction. This makes for a very unique read seeped in controversial issues, emotional taut relationships, and the author writes with such authenticity everything occurring in the novel seemed real, very real to me even the parts that were fiction. That is proof of a strong writer who is dedicated to her characters ...more
Angela
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I began reading Blue, I was immediately trying to crack the uncertainties and mysteries that popped up in the story. I was intrigued and entertained and wanted to read more and more, but I couldn't crack the mystery, it wasn't predictable or obvious, and I loved that!
This book is written in a unique "Histopian" genre, which had me hitting up google to research more of the issues brought up in the story, to see if they actually existed, they story felt so real, I had to know. I also wrestled
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Sarah Lillie
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kasey Jackson's debut novel, Blue, was a fabulous read. The engrossing characters draw you in and the continual plot twists keep you constantly turning the pages. The seamless weaving of the two stories and the exciting sequence of events will keep you from putting this book down. As the book finished, my first thoughts were, "Well... there MUST be a sequel!" I foresee this debut novel making an exciting, fresh twist in the world of the dystopia society genre.
Eugenia
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. Beyond taking place in South Africa, which I love, the plot itself was interesting, unique, and unexpected. Learning about true events along the way was a bonus. The characters became very real, the story provoked some deep thoughts, and this was definitely a worthy read. I hope it impacts many -- to see precious life in a new light.
Ailene
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Enter into a real-life, yet otherworldly realm in this story. Find yourself embarking on a thrilling journey that will leave you breathless. Expertly crafted, Blue tells a story that is both rare and beautiful, chilling and addicting. First time author or not, Kasey Jackson is excellent and talented in her first book, Blue. Here's to future books!
Natosha Davis
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I was fortunate enough to read the unpublished version of the this book...here are my thoughts on Blue.

I think the characters were well developed and interesting. The plot line is also well developed, and the story line intriguing; I wanted to stop reading several times to go Google things to see if they were actual or fiction.

I felt part 1 was slow to unfold with lots of foreshadowing; part 2 started off at a good pace with lots of potential, but was rushed near the end; and part 3 was
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Ellie Minshall
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book from the gorgeous cover to the deeply engrossing characters, the book tells the story of two teens who are transitioning into adulthood.

However,they experience it from different view points. The first Anytha is brought up in a family who are avid members of blue.They attend a camp congregation often to listen to surmons and decrees which are given by the commissioner Inali.Inali is one of the most influential men in Blue and so plays a huge part in Anytha's
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Tara Thomas
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, I'm so glad I got the chance to read this book! It's a fresh, thrilling, YA read and I'm sure everyone will love it. I could not put it down! Anytha and Tabitha live completely different lives but are often found in similar predicaments, the way they handle everything they were put through was completely believable. I do wish that we got to know the characters a little better because I felt like I couldn't really connect with them, but other than that I was literally on the edge of my seat ...more
Tori Shanahan
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Blue... Wow where can I even start? I am a lover of books, I have always been this way. I am an avid YA reader and I love a good murder/mystery. When I read Blue I could not put it down! Kasey Jackson's description of Anytha, Tabitha, and all the characters was so rich I swear I felt like I knew them. I could see the blooms of the Jacaranda tree. I felt their pain. This is a heart-racing-sweating-OMG what just happened kind of book! Right up there with Twilight, Divergent and even The Hunger ...more
Regan
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf
Wow. I'm speechless after this book. Incredibly written and the story is heartbreaking. Realizing that these terrible acts have occurred and are still occurring is just awful (for lack of a better word.) This is a book everyone needs to read.
Lindsey
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great read! I was hooked from the very beginning. I feel like the ending left you hanging a bit and would've liked to see that bastard rot. 70,000 abortions in South Africa every year. Disgusting.
Laura
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Kasey asked me to review a proof copy of this book, I was intrigued by the description. I've read other dystopian-type books, and others touching on the controversial topics this one deals with, so I was interested to see how Kasey would handle them.

Like others have said, the books felt like it started a little slow. Then SO MUCH happened in the second part. In the middle of the last section, I could hardly believe there were so few pages left because surely there was too much that needed
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Yaaresse
Apr 19, 2015 marked it as abandoned-dnf
DNF...and sort of reluctantly.
Started out well, and the author writes lovely place descriptions and realistic dialogue.

The alternate history of South Africa and using the mutilations going on in parts of Africa as a plot devise was unique and had so much promise. I was willing to stick with it until it become obvious we're headed into some blatant sermonizing about reproductive rights (or the lack thereof since there is a decidedly anti-choice slant.) Obviously, the author and I have very
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Grace Todd
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although it has been nearly 2 years since I have read Blue for the first time this story has stuck with me. It is such a heart breaking story yet love and hope are so gently woven throughout the pages. Blue will leave you wanting to hear more of the characters stories! It's also a reality check and really REALLY gets you thinking! Blue has inspired me to learn about certain elements in the book more! It inspired me to learn more about a subject I am now partly thanks to Blue extremely passionate ...more
Caroline
Jan 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Did not like it which is sad because the blurb made it seem so promising. The main characters were the textbook definition of 'I'm not like other girls' and drove me crazy. The villain was unconvincing and his motive appeared lack-luster. I felt like religious views were being forced on me via the protagonists- campaigning for how 'wrong' abortion is in a way that didn't contribute to plot.
As a positive, Kasey Jackson is a wonderful writer. Although I didn't like the plot of the book I really
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Karen (Reading__Addiction)
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book it was so different then the normal books I read, but it was refreshing and nice to have smart independent lead characters. There were flaws of course like any book (plot was a bit predictable at times) but overall really liked this book!
Hannah
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book is not a good read, but a great read! it was very well written! i couldnt put it down and i cant wait for the sequel!
Rachel
Aug 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Dull, flat, preachy, and white. Except the villain, a hypersexed black man.
Jen
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I need a sequel! I have read a book set in South Africa before and the plot was captivating. I want to know what happens to the ladies next.
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