Thursday, September 6, 2012

REVIEW: The Blemished by Sarah Dalton

Recap:

Flawless clones run the world, and Mina Hart is Blemished because of her genes. This takes away her rights – her right learn, her right to choose, and her right to mate. She has a secret that makes life difficult, but she’s set to start fresh now. Things get complicated when she meets Angela, Daniel, and Sebastian. She’s forbidden to speak to Sebastian because he’s a clone, and Daniel because he’s a boy in general. What would you do just for the option of speaking to someone, let alone actual being with them?

Title:  The Blemished
Series:  The Blemished Trilogy
Book #: 1
Author:  Sarah Dalton
Approximate Book Length:  169 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  16+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

Sarah Dalton certainly wastes no time in drawing boundaries! In the first chapter alone, we learn how severely GEMs and Blemished differ in society, we meet two intriguing characters outside the protagonist, and we’re tossed into the mystery surrounding the big secret Mina. It’s definitely a great setup to expectations of more excitement throughout the rest of the book.

I have grown very tired of the love triangle thing that a lot of authors tend to include, and this one adds in a fourth angle. The worst part is that a lot of it could probably have been solved by talking honestly with the right people. That being said, I like the direction it heads in later in the book. I know it’s part of a planned trilogy and will be continued, but I do feel like the ending was truncated. It felt incomplete and we’re still left with so many unanswered questions. Makes you expect a lot from the next installment.

In its entirety, the story was a fast and easy read. It flows well, but that majority of the story tugs on heart strings. I spent a great deal of my reading time sad, bordering on depressed, and almost in tears. There was one part that I did cry a boatload. So much to deal with so young. I doubt I could live in the world that Sarah has painted so vividly.

In Conclusion:

Emotionally charged, The Blemished is a powerful debut novel in which kids grow up far too fast and have the weight of the world on their shoulders. It’s a very different and intriguing world. Don’t miss out on this fresh YA novel!

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