Author: Sarah Dalton
This book seemed to take a while for me to read with all the 'back to school' and 'back to work' commitments and the added National holidays that are thrown into the start of our year. Anyway, 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 pregnancy. The Gems on the other hand are the opposite. They have everything! Beauty, mansions and the Blemished. Are you getting the picture? Mina is a Blemished. She also has powers that make her special. This twists the whole story at every angle. Add to all this the rebellion; a teacher that will drive you crazy; friendships and a love triangle (or square as Mina puts it), and you have one fantastic plot. Hence the reason I now own the rest of the series.
For all who enjoyed the Divergent series, I think you will enjoy this too. Now that does not make me an expert in the comparison of young adult reads. For me, I think the two series have their place together on my book shelf.
Here is a look at the description, but I don't think it give enough justice to the book. If you have Kindle it doesn't cost a lot to read the first book in this series. Actually, if your reading today, it is free from Amazon in Kindle format, so you have nothing to lose in trying it.
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 their friendship is soon complicated by Angela's adoptive brother Daniel. Mina finds herself drawn to his mysterious powers and impulsive nature. Then there is the gorgeous clone Sebastian who Mina is forbidden from even speaking to... The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.