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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: Purchased from Smashwords.com.)
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, and will then go on to be a servant – cleaning and serving the GEMs.
Mina has a secret though – she has telekinesis, and her father wants to train her to use it. Daniel, a boy at her school also has a gift – he has visions. Mina and Daniel together wonder if they could maybe make a difference in the world, but things are never that easy.
What does the future hold for Mina and Daniel? What is ‘the resistance’ all about? And is there more to life than being sterilised and worked like a slave?
This was an interesting dystopian, with a hint of romance.
Mina was an okay character. She didn’t like being a blemished, but she wasn’t afraid to stand up for her beliefs either, and if she could have run away from it all, she would only do it if her friends and family who she loved were with her.
There were quite a few nasty characters in this story, the worst being one of Mina’s school teachers. I really wanted Mina to pay her back for what she did to her, but I also didn’t want Mina to anger her further!
The storyline in this book was okay, although I did wonder if a bit more explanation of certain aspects of the world building would have helped. Otherwise, the idea of the blemished was quite clever, and I liked how possible and realistic the story seemed.
I wasn’t expecting a love triangle in this story, but there was one! In fact it was almost like two love triangles, because there was Daniel-Mina-Sebastian, and then there was Mina-Daniel-Angela. I can’t say that I was really romanced by either of the boys in this though, and I really didn’t have much of an opinion over which one Mina should pick, to be honest, I kinda felt like she didn’t really have strong feelings for either of them until the end.
The pacing in this book was okay until the end, when it seemed to get really slow, which was a bit annoying. The ending was happy enough, and things were tied up pretty nicely. I don’t really feel the drive to read the next book though, so I think I’ll probably just leave this series here.
Overall; and okay dystopian with a touch of romance.
6.75 out of 10.