Read between: 7th- 12th April
Published: March 24th 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Synopsis: 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 this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
Review: Celestine North is perfect. In a world where those who aren’t are branded, she’s lucky. She’s one of the few people who society sees as perfect. She has no flaws. However, one moment of compassion- helping and elderly man to a seat on a bus, brings her perfect world to a grinding halt.
He happened to be Flawed.
Suddenly, she too becomes Flawed, and every move she makes could be used against her.
This book has such an interesting premise! The barrier between the perfect and the Flawed reminds me of the segregation between black people and white people in South Africa and 1950s America, it’s the same sort of rules- only two Flawed people can sit together, and, another similarity, they’re only allowed to sit on dedicated seats on the bus.
I love Cecelia Ahern’s adult novels, and her YA novel was just as good! It’s full of complex characters- each playing their part in Celestine’s life.
The book teaches us one thing though, that doing the right thing isn’t always the right thing.
Celestine is strong. She’s strong through her trial, through her branding- she’s a great character! Judge Crevan on the other hand, how fast his character changed after Celestine became Flawed…. it was clear where his loyalty lay.
Not with the people. With the government.
He turns out to be the villain of the story, when he started off as a friend. It just goes to show that you can’t trust everyone, even if you think you know them. People are not always what they seem.
I really liked this book! There was so much happening that I couldn’t put it down! The reason I gave it three stars? Celestine put herself at risk more than once, and sometimes I felt she knew what trouble it would cause.
Great read though!