Official Rating: 2/5
“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.
“Once, my mum told me a story about a princess, and it began with her stuck in a castle. My story begins with my head stuck in the toilet.”
I love how the story begins. It captured me and gave a promise that the book would be interesting. The promise wasn’t completely kept. We’re introduced with this (beginning to be over-used) concept of genetically enhanced humans (called Gems) and the people that aren’t genetically enhanced, the blemished (called Blems). First off, I see that they rhyme,thank you for that, but blem and gem just aren’t original names (or nicknames rather) it’s a bit silly.
There was an attempt at suspense, but because of the predictable plot and the equally predictable characters, Blemished didn’t have any chance at being suspenseful. This is partially because Mina, the main character, had a bit too much good luck.
I know that she is the main character, the heroine rather, and that she has to overcome obstacles that “normal” people wouldn’t have been able to overcome. She has to be strong, a leader, kind, and loved by everyone (except her enemies of course!). But Mina’s escapes and her good luck needed extreme moderation. There’s always some time of way for her to escape, although how illogical or “coincidental” it seems. Terrible things did happen to her, (spoiler) she nearly drowned, almost got shot, and came very close to being murdered by her teacher, but you could always expect someone or something to save her. (spoiler) Even at the, she nearly dies, but Elena (a friend she makes from school who is a GEM) finds her and saves her. What a coincidence that Elena “followed the noise and it brought her here” right? Heroines shouldn’t be invincible, that isn’t realistic. Heroines should be harder to stop than most because of the certain qualities that they possess. Her lucky protection didn’t stop with just her though. None of the people she truly cared about got killed or taken. People were dying or getting taken out by the Enforcers (police), but the people she cares most about, (spoiler) her Dad, her three friends, even the Elena, who had a fairly nice friendship with her stay alive.
The book is over a course of maybe about two weeks and I understand that that isn’t a lot of time with all the action taking place. However, Mina wants the reader to believe that there was an unbreakable bond between Mina, Daniel, and Angela and I have a very small idea as to why. The book didn’t have very many parts where they were bonding together, there were just pieces where Daniel feels angrily protective over Mina (I’m sure we all know why) and his shame over not being able to totally protect her. Every now and then, Mina tells (emphasis on “tells”) the reader how close she and Angela are, but why are they so close? After Mina meets Daniel and Angela, she’s ready to tell them about her secret. The same secret that a) could get Mina and her father killed and b) was the reason why they had moved in the first place.
There was, unfortunately, a love triangle and it was totally unnecessary as most are. I wish that heroines/women were given more credit, maybe sometimes we don’t know what we want, but not all the time. It could have been a great book, possibly, but it needed better writing and more development for the characters.