Published by Feiwel and Friends on April 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
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You will be punished…\r\nCelestine 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.\r\n\r\nBut 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.\r\n\r\nIn 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.\r\n
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern was the book I received in my April OwlCrate. I had never heard of it, but as a fan of the dystopian genre, I was intrigued. I hadn’t read much in this genre in awhile, mostly because it had all started feeling the same. The concept of being branded for your moral choices was interesting, and I was hoping for a fresh, new world that I could immerse myself in. It didn’t take long for the story to kick into high gear. There wasn’t a lot of world-building before the dominoes started to fall. I didn’t immediately connect with or even really like Celestine. She was judgmental and followed the rules without question, and even when her eyes were opened, she still didn’t make the most rational decisions. There were even a few parts that felt Hunger Games-esque, with Celestine becoming the unwilling face of a revolution. The one thing that really struck me about the story was the theme of people keeping quiet, and what can happen when no one is willing to take a stand. This seemed like a very timely theme, and something that I feel strongly about. What’s that saying? Bad things happen when good people do nothing. This book had some pretty dark and gritty parts, and that was one thing that I really liked about it. It didn’t shy away from showing the violence or how twisted fear and hatred can make people. I also liked the transformations that a couple of characters underwent, and I liked watching Celestine grow into a more confident, aware, and proactive person. I wasn’t crazy about either of the boys in Celestine’s life. Art didn’t have much personality, and let’s face it, he didn’t stand much of a chance as the son of the Judge who is the head of the Guild. And while Carrick is interesting and has promise, there hasn’t been a whole lot to fall for just yet. I’m way more interested in Celestine’s relationship with her family members than of any others. The Flawed series is slated to be just two books, and for that, I am glad. Knowing that things will be resolved in the next book after the cliffhanger ending of this one makes me more eager to read it. While I can’t say that I loved it, I found this to be a really quick read and I do want to find out how it all will end.
“I know the difference between right and wrong. I understand the rules. But today I feel that the rules have been blurred, because today they were literally on my front doorstep.”