Author/s: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: by Feiwel and Friends
Number of Pages: 336
Purchase at: Amazon
“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.“
**Thank you Macmillan International for providing a copy of Flawed by Cecelia Ahern, in exchange of an honest review.**
Flawed grabbed me from its very first line: “I am a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.”
I don’t know why, but it happened that I used to avoid this book. No, I used to avoid books with a concept like this one. I am not a fan of Dystopian. However, Karina of @afirepages ‘ love for this book made me really curious, and got me asking for a review copy to read. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
In the first few chapters, we were introduced to the main character and the Guild- government’s temporary solution to people’s wrongdoings. If you are branded as Flawed (literally) it may be because you made a bad decision, you lied, you committed theft, or you’ve been disloyal to the Guild. The branding location will depend on the error of one’s judgement. And there are only a few things branded people are allowed to do.
Celestine North, Art Crevan’s girlfriend, daughter of an admired couple, a girl who’s been Perfect her entire life not until she made a choice of helping an old flawed man. Now she must face the consequences of her decision.
The pacing is another factor why this book was rated 5 stars. It was quick-paced but it’s pleasing enough since it has thrilling events. I think the pacing also worked for the novel’s world building.
Did I mention that this books
is diverse? Celestine having a black father and a white mother.
I liked how the main character, as well as SOME of the minor ones improved. Their development are pretty much satisfying knowing that Celestine was once a people-pleaser, as well as her mother. They used to obey the rules and make sure that they aren’t doing anything that will ruin them. All of those changed when one had the courage to stand and fight for what she knows is right. Needless to say, the characters, almost all of them has loud voices. Just read between the lines and you’ll get the messages they convey.
“Remember, in this world, image is everything.”
Flawed is has perfect storyline with an amazing concept and a wonderful writing style. Hats off to Ahern!
This novel was my most favorite read last month. And Cecelia Ahern, surprisingly, made it to my “auto-buy authors” list.
Piqued your curiosity? Please do read the book.
Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.