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.
I did not choose to read this book. I got it via OwlCrate. Usually I do not read dystopia novels, since they’re not my favorite. However, this novel was quite enjoyable, even though it has some flaws.
“You hold it till death. You suffer the consequences of your one mistake for the rest of your life. Your punishment serves as a reminder to others to think before they act.”
The book is set in the future. As the blurb suggests, U.S.A. becomes a dictatorship – which is not that far-fetched- and everyone has to be perfect. If you break a rule, you become flawed, and you’re rights become null. You also get a tattoo with the letter F, like the book’s cover shows – reminds me of The Scarlet Letter. Perfect people cannot talk with flawed people, and if you try to help a flawed, you’ll get in trouble.
The Guild is the organization that rules the country now. They took power due to some financial collapse, and they kicked out all the politicians that were dishonest, corrupt and did bad things. This group of people are ruling the country with an iron fist, and they make sure that everyone is without flaws. If you did one tiny mistake, you’ll be punished for the rest of your life. For example, you lie, you steal, you take you child to another country to get treatment, and so on.
The world building is a little bit unrealistic. What happened to the other countries? Why would people return to USA if they’ll going to be punished -like the people who went to another country to treat their son? Why aren’t people leaving the country, and moving to a country in Europe? I think this is my main problem with dystopia novels – most of them are not realistic, and they have wholes in their world buildings. However, if you can ignore this problem, Flawed is quite enjoyable.
The book is fast-paced, and it’s easy to get into it. Everything just flows, which is great. The writing is also pretty good. There is also just one point of view, 1st person, which is refreshing. Lately a lot of books have multiple points of view – not a omnipresent narrator, thou.
The first part of the book is a little bit boring, while the second part is where the action and excitement takes place.
There is little romance. Celestine has a boyfriend, and she meets a new guy – a little bit of insta-love-, but the plot is not focused on the romance, which I liked.
Celestine North is the main character. She’s a 16 year old teenagers, that lives a perfect life. Celestine is a perfect citizen: she has a perfect family, a perfect house, perfect boyfriend, perfect grades, perfect clothes, perfect attitude, perfect mined-set. Basically, she likes following rules, and takes the Guild ideology to heart.
The protagonist falls from grace and becomes the poster child for a revolution against the Guild – a typical dystopia theme. What I like is the fact that her parents stood by her, and did everything they could to help her after she got branded. I also like the fact that all sorts of things happen to Celestine, and she is not rescued all the time.
However, for a self-proclaim logical and smart girl she is tends to be quite naive, and cannot put 2 and 2 together. Sometimes I like Celestine, other times I want to slap some sense into her. But then again, if she would’ve been without flaws, she wouldn’t have been a realistic teenager.
There are other characters as well – Celestine’s sister, her boyfriend the new, flawed guy, her grandpa and so on. They are interesting and they are pretty well developed. The boyfriend is a little bit superficial, but what can you expect from a teenage boy who is the son of the ruler of the Guild?
There are also the enemies or the villains. There quite a few characters that seem suspicious, and it’s hard to pint-point what everyone wants. I like the fact that they add a little bit of misery.
I enjoyed reading this novel. It’s easy to read, fast paced, and entertaining.
The characters are well developed, even thou they can be annoying sometimes – especially the protagonist.
The world-building is not very realistic, but if you can get over this fact, the novel has all the elements of a pretty good dystopia novel.
Little romance – if you like romance as the main plot and the dystopia as a second plot, this book might not be for you.
Some instant-love, but it’s not the main focus, so it’s ok.
The books has action, mystery, bad things happening to the protagonist, and so on.
Do I recommend this book? Yes!
People who like YA, dystopia novels, some romance and action will enjoy this novel, especially if they don’t expect something 100% original – it’s not a fanfic or anything, but the “good girl starts a revolution against the dictators” plot has been done before.
Will I read the next book in the series Yes!
I’m quite intrigued. I really want to see what happens next. This might be one of the few dystopia series that I’ll be finishing.