AUTHOR: Cecelia Ahern
TRIGGER WARNING: branding of a human
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HarperCollinsNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
FAVORITE QUOTE: “but I can understand now why people read, why they like to get lost in somebody else’s life. Sometimes I’ll read a scentence and it will make me sit up, jolt me, because it is something that I have recently felt but never said out loud. I want to reach into the page and tell the characters that I understand them, that they’re not alone, that I’m not alone, that it’s okay to feel like this”
Celestine North is Flawed.
Ever since Judge Crevan declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick, the only person she can trust.
But Celestine has a secret—one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.
Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her life to save all Flawed people.
This story picks up roughly where Flawed left off, with Celestine, ayoung girl who became flawed for making one fatal but compassionate mistake, being harbored a fugitive with her grandfather on the day of her birthday as she tries to stay alive while being hunted down by Judge Crevan.
Perfect is far more politically motivated, while Flawed has a heavy political setting in the second half of the book, it really takes off in this novel as we see people rioting and questiong why one group (the guild) has so much power. We see manipulative characters who will do anything to get their way and other characters who just know how to play the political sphere well. And in these current times it’s rather fitting as a whole governmental system is called into question. Is a flawed verdict fair, when the person giving them is flawed himself? This story follows Celestine and Carrick as they continue a cat and mouse game with Judge Crevan, both running for their life as the Judge chases them for the evidence they have of his wrong doing.
I feel like a big part of this novel is the themes self reliance and growth. Originally Celestine was a girl who could trust anyone and was seen as perfect, but once she has been branded, everyone is ready to betray her and she begins to understand, the only person in the world she can fully trust, is herself. This is a sad notion but an unfortunately true one in some circumstances, but it is amazing to see Celestine get the opportunity to see friendships blossom and begin to be able to trust people again. And while dealing with all this personal and political turmoil, Celestine grows as a person. She starts off timid and worried about what everyone thinks about her, never doing anything that isn’t perfect and believes she isn’t the woman to lead this revolution, but by the end learns that she is the voice everyone has needed, just a normal girl ready to stand up for what she believes was right, was all that was needed to start a revolution.
This is that kind of book that makes you get excited and makes you feel like you just have to know what’s going to happen next and with a strong main character like Celestine, it’s a great novel for teens to have a strong female character with a supportive cast of other characters to help her. I think this book is best suited to YA readers and people who love a political heavy book with a tinge of romance.
Until next time,