Title: The Vanished (Blemished #2)
Author: Sarah Dalton
Series: The Blemished Series
Release Date: January 30th 2013
“The Compound bustled with action and anticipation, causing my stomach to do a flip. I stopped in my tracks, realising something, something I hadn’t thought of before. We were going to war, and people were going to die.”
The Vanished are the forgotten: those who live beyond law or society. Mina fought for freedom. She fought for a better life – a future. But even a free world can decay.
As Mina begins her new life in the Clans she meets people with surprising knowledge about her power, knowledge that could change everything – even her relationship with Daniel. But as she makes new friends, old friends turn against her in shocking betrayal.
Life in the Compound is tough; there are ways and traditions so strange that Mina begins to suspect foul play at the very heart of her new home. Instead of leaving corruption behind in Area 14, Mina is faced with the rotten core of human nature as a Clan warlord threatens to invade the Compound. The Clans are turning against each other and Mina is stuck in the middle.
The Vanished is the second installment in the Blemished series and follows Mina’s story as she continues to challenge those in power and seek out new dangers. With even more rebellion, romance and betrayal, The Vanished promises to take the reader on a roller-coaster ride of adventure and emotion.
Will freedom fall?
This book is the second part of a trilogy (as of this date) and picks up where book one ended. As such, if you haven’t read book one, you may be asking yourself questions about the world and its characters.
Here’s a brief summary of book one, “The Blemished.” Mina resides in what was once the UK. She lived in the London zone that was broken down into areas whose society revolved around those with perfect genes and those with “blemished” genes. Mina, as a “blemished one,” was forced to hide her appearance and serve those with perfect genes. But Mina has a secret, she has the power to move things with her mind. Mina and the other blemished girls are controlled by a very strict, wicked woman, nicknamed Murder-Troll, who makes a point to stamp down Mina’s willful spirit. This book has a lot of action and drama with a bit of romance thrown in. Towards the end of book one Mina and friends escape from the confines of the London ‘areas’ and enter the ‘free’ district of ‘The Clans’ (current day Scotland). Everyone in Mina’s group feel that The Clan compound will be where they can be free and not controlled by those in charge. In book two, we learn that this is not so.
When Mina escapes to the Scotland clans she (and her friends) encounter others with powers similar to Mina. They learn that they are all connected and as such combine to make up a complete group of ‘Freaks’ as they are called within the clan compound. They face several new challenges, both externally and internally, along with learning more about the “fracture” of the UK.
Overall, a very good read. The story delves more into the characters from the first book and introduces new characters with powers like Mina’s and those that become her friends and enemies. It shows the growth and understanding of Mina, her desire to make wrongs right and above all her moral compass pointing towards equality for all. This book also touches on procreation, feminism and social politics within the interactions of Mina and other clans as well as the clan she has joined. The story ends with a good climax as well as more questions to be answered.
Book three, “The Unleashed,” is out now and I’ll be reading it soon! I’d recommend this series for those that like near-future sci-fi tales, strong heroines, action, paranormal undercurrents along with a bit of romance thrown in. I feel this series is well-written and provides an interesting story line.
I originally received “The Blemished” as a LibraryThing.com member giveaway and liked it so much I purchased the remaining books in this series.
Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book