Series: Flawed #1
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Target Audience: Young Adult
Length: 336 Pages
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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.
“Knowledge is often a responsibility nobody wants.”
“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.”
This was my first Cecelia Ahern read and apparently her first foray into Young Adult literature. I’ve heard lots of good things about her adult books so I was happy to pick up Flawed for review. Sadly I can’t say that I was wowed.
I loved the concept behind this Flawed. The idea of a society that prized conformity over individuality. A government that ruled with an iron fist and punished severely anyone who acted outside of the norms..anyone who was flawed or made even the smallest mistake.
I loved how Celestine with a little help from her grandfather learned to think for herself and come to the realization that mistakes and flaws are what inform who we are and how we grow and learn.
I just couldn’t get past how rigid and unbelievable the society was though…and how many people just went along with it. It just didn’t seem plausible to me.
I also wasn’t thrilled with the lackluster love triangle that developed early on in Flawed and was maintained throughout.
Overall Ahern’s writing was smooth, the pacing worked well and I enjoyed the read, but never really fell in love with the world or the characters.