Author: Cecelia Ahern
Genre: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: March 24th 2016
You will be punished…
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 where 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 where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
This is the first book I’ve read by Cecelia Ahern and it did not disappoint. Flawed is gripping and thought-provoking with a messed up society where anyone deemed less than perfect, anyone who makes the smallest mistake is branded for life as flawed. It’s been a while since a YA book has hooked me quite like this, where I’m up late at night trying to finish it and finding any spare five minutes in the day to read. Cecelia Ahern writes fantastically, as I’m sure many of you already know, and I will soon be reading the sequel.
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover but it’s so beautiful and mysterious and really peaked my interest.
The story focuses on a young girl, Celestine, who has never spoken out or taken risks or done anything that could be seen as less than perfect in the eyes of the Guild. However, after a kind, selfless act was seen as a bad judgement she is put on trial to be flawed, with the judge being her boyfriend’s father.
Being flawed means you are physically branded either on your temple, tongue, chest, the palm of the hand or the sole of the foot depending on what the ‘crime’ was. You are an outcast who can only sit in designated seats on the bus, have a curfew, can’t have children and if you do they get taken away, eat a plain diet and not allowed any alcohol for the rest of your life. A ‘Whistleblower’ is also assigned to you who carries out regular tests to ensure you don’t break any of the flawed rules.
Celestine’s case is a special one that divides many people and causes the start of an uprise. Although she is a normal girl who just wants to be average she makes a lot of tough decisions and stands up for what she believes in. She is brave and strong and really grows as a person throughout the book. I loved Celestine and felt so proud of every decision she made!
All of the characters are so well written with strong personalities and shows that even the most seemingly perfect people secretly have their flaws, they just haven’t been found out yet. There is a hint of romance in this book, with the potential of a triangle forming but that storyline really doesn’t take much priority. The focus is all on Celestine as a person and the change in society.
I loved this book and actually can’t think of a flaw (ha). The pacing was excellent and it didn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger but it definitely leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to read the next one and I’m so glad I bought both of them at the same time so I don’t have to wait! Cecelia Ahern is mostly known for her adult books, this is her first YA novel, and I found it did read a little bit older than your typical YA so I think adults will also enjoy it.
Have you read Flawed? What were your thoughts?