Flawed: A Review
Could not put it down doesn’t do justice to how addictive this book is. Thank you Owlcrate for introducing me to this amazing novel.
Celestine North is beautiful. She is smart. Her mother is a model. Her father is high up in the news reporting business. Her boyfriend is handsome, not to mention the son of a Guild Judge. Celestine is perfect.
The society Celestine lives in likes perfection. Those who make mistakes, moral mistakes, are punished. They are Flawed. Unlike criminals, who still serve prison sentences, they live by other laws, they are looked down upon and they are (literally) branded – with an F.
Celestine may be ‘perfect’, but she is also very logical and when she sees an injustice done to an old, flawed man, she stands up for him. This is a mistake. Celestine is no longer perfect, she is Flawed.
What the Guild doesn’t count on, is Celestine becoming a symbol of hope for the Flawed and Celestine herself begins to wonder, who is really flawed? The people branded or the system?
What I Thought
As soon as I started reading Flawed, I couldn’t put it down. As Ahern’s first YA novel, but with over 10 adult under her belt (including Love, Rosie, which I adore), I knew that this would be a good one.
With a dystopian undertone, Flawed plays on the idea that one person can change or bring down a system, if they do the right thing (like The Hunger Games, Pretties or Delirium). The society that Celestine lives in is perfectly structured by Ahern – she subtly changes things so that the world of Celestine North is so slightly different to our own we can see how it could be us – it could so easily be us.
The pacing is also excellent – Ahern has a slow pace for the first half, covering only about a week or so, then a fast paced second half, covering weeks, as Celestine develops into a revolutionary figure.
I love how the story has a slight element of romance (no spoilers here) but doesn’t focus entirely on the romance – it means we get little dips of it but we are more focused on the whole story and not a love affair.
What I hope Ahern covers in book 2 (oh yes! There’s a second! Coming out next year) is what happens if someone breaks the law (like a regular criminal) but also breaks a moral code against the state (like a flawed) do they get both punishments?
In a Sentence
A dystopian story to rival the best of them, Ahern’s first YA novel reads like she’s been writing YA for years.