Thursday, 11 February 2016

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Synopsis 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 breath-taking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her-everything

My review:

I have always enjoyed Cecelia Ahern’s books, she is most certainly one of my favourite authors and so I was felt privileged to have an access to the ARC of her latest book.

There are some flaws (ironically) to this book – the start is quite slow and I find the inner thoughts of the main character, Celestine North, quite repetitive and sometimes interrupting the flow of the story, but saying that I still loved it.

It’s such an interesting concept, people being punished for making wrong decisions in life and it certainly begs the question of ‘Who decides which decisions are wrong?’ It also shows that corruption finds its way into any society, even one thought to be perfect as at the end of the day we are all human and as humans we makes mistakes.

Celestine is a great character. She has a mind of mathematics and logic and finally realises that not everything that this society is told to belief makes sense; and so one incident, one selfless act of helping an old man, changes her life forever.

She becomes an icon overnight, some love her, some hate her and this is where this book has its similarities with Hunger Games. There is also the mysterious Carrick and Celestine’s family, all of whom are well described in the book and they all have their roles to play in what happens next.

It’s quite a complex story, and this first book hasn’t given a lot away so it’s been the perfect build up for the sequel. I just hope we won’t have to wait too long.

Thank you to NetGalley for access to this book in return for an honest review.

My score: 4/5

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