F L A W E D #1
My Rating : 4 / 5
The Blurb (From GoodReads) :
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.
My Review :
I have found writing this review difficult because I really want to add loads of spoilers. Discussing every aspect of the story, the characters, concept etc… This book is captivating. A society that brands people with a hot iron for being ethically or morally flawed fascinated me. It drew so many parallels, not only with history but with parts of society today that I began to consider the possibility of this actually happening. This is international bestseller Cecelia Ahern’s first venture into Young Adult fiction and personally I would consider it to be a success.
The book is told through the point of view of the main character, Celestine North, who is not someone I initially warmed too. Celestine’s life appears to be flawless. She lives by the rules, excepts them and is strongly prejudiced against those who are found to be Flawed by The Guild. That is until one day something happens that causes Celestine to question the logic behind the rules. A question that sows a seed of doubt in Celestine’s mind, causing her to act out of character which ends up changing her life, forever. Once this happen’s though, Celestine North becomes a lot more well rounded and likeable. Celestine goes through a lot, so much so I actually shed a little tear for her, she is only 17 years old. I did find myself more than a little annoyed at times with Celestine’s naivety. For a girl who is supposed to be so clever at times she is really dumb.
Further acquaintance with the supporting characters is also necessary. A lot of the characters are not in the story for long periods of time, just turning up to move the story along. Though the main antagonist is clear to the audience from the start, the question hanging over the integrity of some of the other characters keeps the tale interesting. It is not developed much in this book but there also appears to be a typical love triangle that seems to be the motif of most Young Adult stories.
Though this book is to be found in the Young Adult section of the bookshop, I would recommend for those of us who are no longer in their teens. Flawed is the first book in the series of the same name. I believe there is only two books in the series, Flawed and Perfect. I have ordered Perfect and I am waiting for it to arrive. I just hope it does not disappoint. No doubt you will find out when I write the review.