Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Unleashed by Sarah Dalton

Title:  The Unleashed
Author:  Sarah Dalton
Series:  The Blemished #3
Published:  July 20/13
Page Count:  307
Genre:  YA Dystopian
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“I wanted to live. I wanted us to have a future, and there was nothing else on my mind. With Daniel by my side I ran so fast my lungs ached.”

Mina’s world is turned upside down as an important person from her past materialises to take her away from the Compound. She finds herself separated from her friends and facing life-changing decisions on her own.

Meanwhile Daniel is on a mission to find Mina when he becomes involved in the Resistance – along with the rest of the Freaks. His visions take their toll as he learns of an event that could devastate the people he loves the most. Only he can stop it.

Angela finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime as she helps Sebastian find his father in Area 14. After action and adventure on the way there, the group are thrown into another life and death situation... can Angela find a way out?

Fans of the popular YA dystopia series Blemished will not be disappointed by this thrilling conclusion. It will keep you guessing right up to the very last page.

Trust no one.

My Review:

This novel is definitely the most intense of Dalton’s The Blemished series. Intrigue and subterfuge take a stand in a big way amongst the increased action and drama that she brings forth. The real scientific and political possibilities surrounding the concepts behind this novel are just chilling and add to the overall forward motion of the tale. Dalton’s eloquent, well written method of storytelling round this out into a fantastic tale that you won’t want to put down.

The characters that you’ve come to know and love in the first 2 instalments of the series come back with a vengeance in this novel. I appreciate the fact that although each character, regardless of age, race, or ethnicity, has grown throughout the series, no one has miraculously become an entirely new person. You also get to know more about some of the characters’ backgrounds in this tale, making them, and the story as a whole, more rounded and filled out. It’s also very reassuring to see that each character’s speech patterns stay consistent with their native tongue throughout. It adds an extra measure of consistency to this very intriguing tale.

Overall, this was a brilliant conclusion to Dalton’s Blemished Trilogy. She wraps up all events from the past 3 books and gives everyone a sense of conclusion and purpose. That said, she also leaves an opening for more adventures from these characters, so one can only hope.

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