Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Teens & Young Adult, Dystopian
Published: 24th March 2016 by Harper Collins UK
ARC provided by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.
Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.
In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
Before this, I have only read one book by Cecelia Ahern – PS . I Love You. I adored it, she is one of the only authors to make me bawl like a baby, so I had high hopes for this book.
Flawed centers around Celestine whom, like many dystopian heroines, is a person who is perfect, she sticks to the rules and does not question society. Within her society everyone who is not perfect is tried and punished by getting their flesh branded on the part that is flawed and forced to wear a “F” armband. They have curfews, have to eat bland food and are not allowed to gather in groups of more than two. Celestine thinks nothing of it, until her neighbour is taken and branded. When she faces a situation, forcing her to make an action that the Guild tells her is wrong but her morality tells her is right, it begins to show creases in the way she sees the society and she begins to think more critically.
I really enjoyed the world and the story. I liked that it was different, yet the world was still very familiar. It was really interesting to see Celestine view things differently when it came around to directly affecting her.
Although I really enjoyed the world, I did not enjoy Celestine. I’m not 100% sure what it was about her, she was strong yet manipulated, she was brain washed by society yet beginning to see it more critically, she was independent yet relied on Art, her family and her sister to tell her what to do and think. She was portrayed as being logical and yet many of her choices were not.
I probably would read the next book as I am interested to see where it goes as the story was left on a cliff hanger. I’m also interested to see how Celestine develops further.
I would recommend to those who like YA dystopian books.