Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern
Published April 5, 2016 by Feiwel and Friends
Genres Dystopian, Young Adult
The main character, Celestine North, lives a perfect life in her perfect society. She is a great daughter, sister, student and girlfriend to Art Crevan. However, in Celestine’s society, people who make bad decision or choices, are deemed flawed. These are not people who are breaking the law, but making bad moral judgements such as cheating on one’s spouse, lying or stealing. If you make a bad moral judgement or mistake and found to be flawed through a trial like process, you are branded with an F and have to live by a different set of rules. This all seems very black and white, as well as the right thing to do to Celestine, until she encounters a situation where she has to make a quick decision. She ends up breaking a rule and now faces the flawed court’s judgement, which would forever change her life if she is found to be flawed.
The synopsis of this book sounded great to me, especially because dystopian is one of my favorite genres. Although this book has been on my TBR list since it came out last year, I just hasn’t gotten around to it. The publisher sent me a copy of the sequel, Perfect, so I figured it was time to read it. I have to say I was kind of disappointed with this book for a number of reasons. The society and plot are a great concept, but I felt like it wasn’t executed very well. The first thing that I didn’t really like was the writing, it felt really simply and almost middle grade to me and I just wasn’t a fan. The second thing is that this book is just pretty boring. Celestine’s character also bothered me. In the beginning of the book, Celestine never questions anything about her society and she is even a big supporter of the flawed system. Her boyfriend Art, is the son of the main judge in the flawed court, so I imagined that this also influenced how she viewed her society. Then someone she personally knows is accused of being flawed and within like 24 hours she has completely changed her point of view and then breaks a rule. To me it just seemed a bit quick. She has had a very firm view point her entire life and then it changes overnight to the point where she gets arrested. I also really disliked her boyfriend Art, he just annoyed me calling her perfect all the time.
Overall, I gave this book 3 stars. It is a very interesting dystopian concept and I am interested to see how the second book goes, as this book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. I am pretty particular in the styles of writing that I like, so don’t let me review stop you from reading this book because everyone likes different types of writing. Happy reading!