The Blemished by Sarah Dalton

Below average and imperfect in a world of stunning clones, Mina Hart is denied an education, a normal life, and a child. But when she meets a new friend's mysterious brother, she finds herself willing to share a dangerous secret....

The blemished

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.


Secondary Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / General

Language: English


Word Count: 83000

Sales info:

The Blemished has sold over 17000 copies across various sales venues, particularly on Amazon. It is currently ranked on Amazon as follows:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#70 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Dystopian


Sample text:


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.

It was my first day in Area 14 and my first opportunity to make a good impression at the school appropriately named St Jude’s. Any school with the Blemished as pupils deserved the saint of lost causes as their patron. I’d approached the old Victorian building with a hopeful feeling; this was a new start, a chance to finally make friends. But it was the same hopeful feeling which was beaten away within the hour. An hour was all it took for a GEM to push my head down the toilet and flush.

Her bony hand squeezed my skull. Water pulled my skin. It flooded my nose. I choked and my fingernails scraped the porcelain.  I thought ­– this is how I am going to die, with my face being sucked down a drain. Then, I almost did it again. In the twitch of my fingers I felt the urge to do the one thing my father told me I could never do. The thing which would get us both killed.

“Now you know your place, Blem,” said the girl. She released me and I gasped for air. “Next time I won’t let you go.”

Her heels sounded against the tiles and the girl and her group ran off in giggles. I dragged myself up from the floor with shaking legs. At the sink, I took a deep breath and tried to calm my pounding heart and quell the rising disappointment. This was supposed to be my fresh start away from Area 10. I removed my headscarf and laughed. Moving here was supposed to keep me safe. Like my dad said – out of the frying pan and into the fire.





Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Francesca Marrucci
Author review:
Francesca did an amazing and thorough job translating The Blemished. She works hard with the promotion side too, and she's communicative throughout. Plus, she's lovely! Highly recommended. :)
Already translated. Translated by Carolina Cortez
Author review:
Thanks Carolina,

Looking forward to starting the next book. :)


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