Review: Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Perfect (Flawed #2)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: 6th April 2017 (HarperCollins Children’s)
Pages: 288
Genre: Dystopian
Format: Hardback

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Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…? [Goodreads]

Frustration. That’s all I felt until the end of this book because being perfect isn’t a thing!

Celestine is Flawed, making her an outsider to everyone around her who are ‘Perfect’. But no one is Perfect and she knows it. Especially when the man in charged should be marked Flawed, Judge Crevan, the man who gave her the sixth Flawed brand on her spine. But Celestine has been marked as a threat to others and is on the run.

Perfect picks up shortly after Flawed. Celestine is in hiding, but she knows her time is running out. But after a surprise raid from the Whistleblowers, Carrick finds her.

It’s a little slow during the reunion between Celestine and Carrick. Their relationship and romance is so bizarre to me. After a few intense stares through glass and the shared moment of knowing about the sixth branding, they are in love? They hardly know one another! Which is how the complications roll out but this is all after they go way too far with one another first. Part of me thinks, is that the point?

Luckily after the reunion, a bit of GCSE science and rushed romance, it all kicks in. The pressure resumes and we’re reminded that Celestine and Carrick are wanted. And unlike the first novel, they are both more vocal and active. They don’t stand the hatred against them and take charge of the situation. Celestine and Carrick both have the same intentions, though like the Divergent series, miscommunication makes the journey longer than needed. People and trust issues…

Celestine follows an un-perfect, and yes flawed, journey to get where she wants to be. But she keeps going until she get’s what she wants. She’s our UK Katniss.

 

My rating:

I liked it

Review: Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern

23438288Title: Flawed (Flawed #1)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Date: 5th April 2016 (HarperCollins Children)
Pages: 336
Genre: Contemporary
Format: US Hardback

Links to buy: UK edition – Hardback |Amazon UK| |Waterstones| |Book Depository|

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. [Goodreads]

I was very skeptical about reading this book. Having only seen negative reviews around, general expectations were very low. I’ve read three of Ahern’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This book has also managed to make it to the list.

Being “Flawed” essentially means being human. But in their world, being human is wrong. Having those flaws means you’re dangerous, so much so that the everyone around you needs to know this, through branding on the skin and by wearing a branding patch. To isolate that person even more they have a watcher, a Whistleblower, who ensures the Flawed follow their set rules.

It was a struggle to push through the opening of Flawed. The beginning was slow and what drew out the pace was the repetition that kept occurring. It was so noticeable in every paragraph where Celestine explained something about the way her world ran or when being introduced to a character. As we were introduced to the possible new love interest, it was mentioned he was “young” and “around the same age” twice in one small paragraph. I get it. You like. Now let’s move on.

Luckily it subsided as the story went on. Or maybe it became less noticeable? Either way, other thoughts rolled around in my head and I flew through the pages.

It was horrifying to read what Celestine was going through. There are two occasions in the novel which were really upsetting to read. I felt the pain and despair that Celestine went through, which really made this book stand out. Because she is not Flawed, she’s completely normal! ..Well in our world she’d be normal (!!!). There was the right amount of intensity to capture the extreme circumstances of the rules and it never felt over-exaggerated. She was stripped from all hope and faith in humanity when she is the one showing how kind humanity is!!

This book was beautifully constructed and where there are elements which are similar to other dystopian novels out at the moment, it is also very distinguishable as an individual. It will be interesting to see how closely it does compare and differentiate itself from, say, The Hunger Game trilogy in the concept of having a strong individual female lead.

The novel wasn’t heavily romantic. I would class it as a coming-of-age but in a dystopian society. The romance that we did see was… insta-love. Because staring at someone through a glass wall and communicating through your eyes does not equal a connection. But I saw it’s purpose and it was twist in the novel that I figured out.

So now, go forth! Please read this novel! It tore me into pieces and as I tried to build myself back up a sledgehammer came and truly broke me. I can’t wait to see what Ahern has in store for us in the next book in the series. An amazing YA debut.

My rating
I really liked it

4 cup