Author: Cecelia Ahern
Book(s): Book 1 of the Flawed series
Number of books in series: 2+
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date(s): 24/03/16
Source: review copy from Netalley
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.
I read this book in two sittings and easily could’ve read it in one if I’d had the chance. Every moment of the book was gripping, and after each chapter I seemed to be incapable of not reading the next one. The plot itself was brilliantly structured and kept me on edge the whole way through.
I was really affected by the whole concept of being flawed. Obviously I didn’t want it to be inflicted on any of the characters (I’m not cold hearted!) but the idea of it being based on morality rather than law was genuinely interesting. If someone’s character was deemed morally flawed, then they would be branded (literally!) with a hot poker with an F to signify to the population they had ‘wronged’. For example, if someone lied, had an abortion, or aided a flawed member of society, they would be branded as ‘flawed’.
Before I read the book, I imagined it to be similar to Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill in that it was based on looks. This made the concept of flawed moral decisions even more intriguing as it had an element of surprise – I wanted to explore this new world. I’ve never read anything by Cecelia Ahern before (though I LOVED the film of Love Rosie so am desperate to read the book). Flawed really opened my eyes up to what an incredible world builder, storyteller and writer she is. Quite often in dystopias it can hard to picture the world created as authors can sometimes overcomplicate the society, making it hard to place yourself in that world. From the very first page of Flawed the world was vivid and very clear in my mind – it made the story flow really well as I could focus on Celestine’s journey.
Celestine is one of my all-time favourite protagonists. Not once did I find her irritating or whiny and every thought she had or act she made I completely and utterly agreed with – they were all things I would have done in the same situation (I think, though I’ve never been in a dystopia…). She is a genuinely intelligent, interesting and exciting character and made me want to read a lot more than the number of pages in the book allowed me. I honestly can’t wait until this time next year when the second book comes out – there are so many paths the story could take and it’s so good to know there’s more to come. Also, there’s a film in the making which I’ll definitely be first in line to see, I just hope it does the book justice. I genuinely loved this book and it’s only “flaw” is I want more.