Horror, action, thrills, and mystery, all rolled into one book! This story never stopped throwing curveballs.
Jayson narrates the story. He’s an ordinary guy, happily married to Jule. But then sinkholes start appearing all over the country, and people start disappearing. Many people are escaping the cities as news comes that strange creatures have been coming out of the holes. Jayson and Jule don’t leave right away, but then comes the morning that a sinkhole opens up in the park across the street. Jayson makes plans to meet up with his family at his parent’s cabin. But this will be no simple road trip. The creatures are killing everybody in sight and one of them comes after Jule.
As the story unfolds Jayson and Jule, and a growing number of others, have numerous encounters with these creatures. Jayson finds himself as the leader of this motley group, which includes his sister, a couple of neighbors and strangers they come across at a gas station. They make it to the home of Jule’s parents where they are able to hide out temporarily in the basement and regroup. Jayson is able to rescue his brother, his girlfriend, and another sister. Throughout their struggles, with these creatures they now call the Uglies, they are picking up clues about them. But each clue brings more questions. After stocking up on supplies, they make it to the cabin only to find more strange occurrences.
The story ends with many unanswered questions, but the author has planned for a series and I find myself curious to know how this is all going to turn out. I found the book to be very readable, though just a little bit too gory for my taste in a couple of places. The author did an excellent job of developing his main characters, it’s obvious a great deal of thought when into the story. The narrative felt a bit jerky in some places but did not detract from the overall story being told. Even though this genre is not one that I’m the most comfortable with, I found that I just couldn’t stop reading it. This book is scheduled for release on Kindle on May 19, 2015 and is definitely worthy of consideration. Teens and younger adults are probably the best audience for this book.
Missing Era: The Emergence (Series 1)
The Blemished is a futuristic, action-packed, thrill ride from start to finish. The story is set in England in the future. Society is now separated into two classes, the GEMs and the Blemished. The GEMs are so called because they are genetically modified to have no diseases. Parents pick out the characteristics they want and science creates a baby that exactly matches your choices. The Blemished are those who were not created in a laboratory, but the old-fashioned way. GEMs are society’s elites who get all the opportunities. Blemished are the servant class and are not educated, but trained to serve GEMs.
As the story opens, we are introduced to Mina, Angela, Daniel, and Sebastian. Towns no longer have names but are labeled as Areas. Mina and her father have just moved from Area 10 to Area 14. They are Blemished. On Mina’s first day of school in Area 14 she has a run-in with one of the GEM girls and is put on warning. She meets Angela, also Blemished, and they soon become best friends. Mina also has a secret, when she becomes very angry she can disturb her surroundings. Objects around her start to rattle and if she focuses hard she can send things flying through the air. Soon she meets Daniel, a young man who has grown up as Angela’s brother after his parents abandon him, and he is taken in by Angela and her mother. Sebastian goes to the same school but he is a GEM. He quickly shows an interest in Mina and she begins to trust him when he offers her a way to escape the inevitable fate of Blemished women.
Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, Mina finds herself in more and more trouble at school every day. When she insists on going with Daniel to vandalize her teacher’s house, they quickly find themselves being wanted by the Enforcers (police), and being chased and shot at.
I really enjoyed this book right from the start. I immediately liked Mina and Angela, two teenagers frustrated by the rules they are forced to live under. Sarah Dalton did a great job of setting up her futuristic society, and drawing the reader into the lives of her characters. Since these are teenagers, there’s a love triangle that develops and complicates the relationships between the young people. This book is the first in a series, so you are a left with a bit of a cliff-hanger, but the ending also seemed appropriate. I found myself a little breathless with worry for these kid before I reached the last page. The primary audience for this series is young adults, but I think anyone who likes reading about futuristic worlds would also enjoy it.
The Kindle edition of this book is free. The Blemished (Blemished #1) (Blemished Series)