I’ve not read many books by Cecelia Ahern but she has a huge presence among my Instagram bookies so I’ve recently been on the hunt for her books. I bought Flawed for my friend @southgatejodie for Christmas and have been eager to get my hands on it ever since. I found both books in this series in the library and couldn’t put them down.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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‘I am girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.
Celestine is pretty much the definition of perfection. Her grades are high, she has a wonderful boyfriend and a great home life. She’s logical, sensible and a big rule-follower. In a world where The Guild brand people Flawed for making unethical decisions, she strives to maintain her perfect life. That is until an incident occurs on the way to school. An elderly Flawed man stood on the bus starts coughing uncontrollably and Celestine can’t bear to watch him suffer. She helps the man to a seat and is instantly accosted by whistleblowers and taken to custody. Because Celestine has broken a fundamental rule. She has aided a Flawed and that isn’t something The Guild take lightly. Shattered with the prospect of being branded or imprisoned, Celestine must decide whether to lie, or go against everything and stand by her decision. Even if it means her life will never be the same again.
Although it took me a while to get into this one, I soon got caught up in the dystopian setting and couldn’t put it down. I was intrigued by The Guild’s power and how they permanently brand people for making moral and ethical mistakes in order to cleanse the country. Only when Celestine refused to accept her Flawed status did people start to question the motives of The Guild. It caused a rebellion which reminded me of Hunger Games. There’s lots happening and you will certainly be kept on your toes.
‘There’s the person who you think you should be and there’s the person who you really are. I’ve lost sense of both.’
Celestine is an evader. On the run from The Guild, she must locate the evidence that will expose the head judge, proving that he and the whole system is Flawed. She won’t stop until she has set every single Flawed person free.
A dramatic conclusion
Packed with action, drama, dilemma’s, and close calls, the sequel to Flawed wass one I couldn’t put down. Celestine was faced with a number of barriers that she had to overcome in order to prove her innocence. The chapters were short, the tension was high, and her determination was palpable. Celestine continued to be an empowering role model to the Flawed community (and readers).
Morals to take away
This series reassures us that it’s OK to make mistakes – nobody is perfect and making mistakes is the only way we learn from them. Isolating people from society for making mistakes is unjust and unfair. It also reminds readers to speak out for what they believe in, have courage and the strength to do what’s right.
Genre: YA dystopian
Pages: Flawed – 336 Perfect – 341
About the author: Cecelia Ahern was born in Dublin and is probably most known for her book P.S. I Love You. She is published in over 40 countries and has sold 25 million copies of her books internationally.