About the book
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
(Thank you to Harper Collins AU for sending me a copy of Flawed in exchange for an honest review)
Series: Book 1 of Flawed Duology
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 in which 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.
The Rating: 2.5/5
I have read Cecelia Ahern before. Heck I have enjoyed Cecelia Ahern before. But this foray into YA dystopia was boring to say the least. I really, really didn’t enjoy the world this book was set in because it literally did not make sense 80% of the time and I think that is where most of my issues stemmed from. Also, the writing was a little awkward – mainly because the author chose to explain everything and some of those things could have gone without saying in order to let the story flow a bit better.
This book has the rating it does instead of a much lower rating because after the first 100 pages or so, the book was relatively okay. Some of the more emotionally intense scenes that Celestine faces were page turners but all other plot points were quite a drag.
Anyway, if you find that you really enjoy Dystopia, pick this book up and give it a go! If you have 1000 other books on your TBR and you really can’t find the time – probably give it a pass. If you still want to give Cecelia Ahern a try, I recommend reading her adult romance fiction because it is a lot better.
Celestine loves to talk about”logic” in this book but the dystopian world it is set in is FAR from logical. How does it seem logical to punish someone for every mistake they make, especially the “aiding the Flawed” rule which makes it illegal to be a decent human being? And how is it logical to try to build a “perfect” society when there is a) no point striving for such a thing as it is practically impossible and b) the society itself is inherently imperfect anyway because of the class system that is imposed on the Flawed and all the issues this creates?
Also, they mention continuously that the Guild is separate to the government and that the Guild operates on “rules” not “laws” so they legally cannot put Flawed in prison. However people helping the Flawed can face imprisonment so technically helping someone commit the supposed “crime against society” is worse than actually committing it? Not counting the fact that people would actually choose imprisonment over branding so I don’t understand how it is a lesser sentencing in the first place? These are just a few of the many questions I had regarding this society – overall I just thought it could have been planned out A LOT better.
The plot of this book was really simple – it was basically about Celestine trying to deal with her new life as a Flawed and introducing the institution surrounding the system. For what it is worth, I actually didn’t mind the plot and thought that it was probably a good idea to keep it simple due to everything that was going on otherwise. It set up a good foundation for the next book as well (i.e. rebellion, Crevan’s downfall etc), enough to keep you guessing of what is to come.
Do you know what the problem with 1st person narrative is? You don’t get to learn about any of the other characters except for the protagonist. And in this case, the protagonist is B L A N D. Because of this, all the characters are two-dimensional as we only see them from Celestine’s perspective and I just couldn’t muster up any form of emotional attachment to any of them.
Another thing that I did not like about Celestine’s characterisation was her utter reliance on Art. Yeah okay I get he is your boyfriend but really? He did nothing to help you on the bus (he was actually borderline abusive but that is a whole other issue) and yet she has this hope that he will be her knight in shining armour to come save her. No. You be your own knight in shining armour Celestine.
Also, I cannot for the life of me understand why Celestine feels such a strong connection to Carrick throughout this book? He literally said one line to her and the rest of the time he was a broody, self-obsessed and downright unstable so I do not see the attraction. He may redeem himself if the second book but I guess we will just have to wait and find out.
I do appreciate the fact that Cecelia Ahern chose not to introduce a love triangle in the first book (I have a strong feeling it will be an overarching element in the second book though *pouts*) and it was good to see Celestine try to concentrate on herself for a change.