Book Review: The Blemished by Sarah Dalton

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.

My Rating: 2 cupcakes
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 “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 for genetic defects before your child is even born, so the idea that people can essentially “engineer” their child – from their looks straight down to their genetic makeup – isn’t hard to believe. After all, some fertility clinics already allow you to choose the gender of your child, so this society isn’t a far cry from our own.

Although I enjoyed the concept behind The Blemished, its execution left a lot to be desired. About a quarter of the way through the book, the plot started to move at a very slow pace and sacrificed action and answers for the sake of romance. By now I’m sure you all know how much Idislike love triangles, so imagine my reaction when Mina found herself in the middle of a love square – complete with instalove and jealousy on all sides. I didn’t really care for Sebastian or Daniel, so the many scenes focusing on Mina’s confused feelings for them seemed to drag on and on.

For the most part, the characters were rather two-dimensional. I admired Mina’s determination and loyalty to her friends, but I never felt as if I truly got to know her. The same could be said for almost all of the other characters; they weren’t fleshed out but either possessed admirable qualities or earned your sympathy with a tragic event in their past. Elena was the only character to receive any real development and she received significantly less page time than the two main love interests.

Overall, The Blemished was merely an okay read. The premise was interesting, but the lack of character development and action caused it to fall flat.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • This sounds like such a great premise for a book so it’s sad to see that it fell a bit flat. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles either so the “love-square” sounds like something that would probably drive me crazy. Great, honest review 🙂

    • The premise was really neat. I’ve heard that the second book is much better overall, so there might still be hope for the rest of the series. I had never seen a love square until now, so hopefully you won’t encounter one in your reading – they’re not too pleasant, haha. Thanks! 🙂

  • I’m sad to hear that this fell short of your expectations. I do so love character development, but perhaps since this is the first book in a series, you may see more in the later books?
    I still think the concept sounds amazing, and I think I will give it a try, anyway. 🙂

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