Title: Flawed (Flawed #1)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Page Number: 336
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Another dystopian, but I think that this story could take hold of the YA dystopian world. Yes, everyone has read The Hunger Games and Divergent, but I think that once people want to find another world to dive into, they will love the world of Flawed. Ahern has created an eerily similar world to our own, but the reason this book connected with me so much was the fact that I think a lot of the issues in the book are happening or will happen in the near future.
I read this book for book club, and it was very interesting to discuss because there are so many links throughout history. We found out that the author lives in Ireland, and the one of the Irish symbols is a harp. Near the end of the book, Celestine uses an acronym H.A.R.P. to talk through a situation. Cecelia Ahern really did a nice job in bringing small details like that into the book.
She also touched on some very important issues that are happening today. The Flawed people of the society were discriminated against. There is discrimination everywhere based on things that people can’t control; their skin color, religion, race, etc. She touched on sexual assault, but in a very tasteful way. It wasn’t blatantly obvious the way she wrote the scene, but it still had a lasting effect.
I think the idea behind this book was extremely interesting; people who help those who have hurt society are to be hurt. People who are “flawed” have different brands depicting what they had done. Some have burns on their palm, tongue, foot, chest, temple, and they all mean a “flawed” part of them was easily seen in an act they took part in. Again, I think that I liked this book so much because I feel like it could happen so easily. This book was focused on the moral and ethical standpoint of people rather than on the “haves” or “have-nots.”
I would recommend reading this book, and I can’t wait for the second book in the series!