Author: Cecelia Ahern
Release Date: April 2016
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Drama
When I first saw that Flawed was Cecelia Ahern’s new novel, I admit, I was skeptical because I had only ever heard of Cecelia Ahern’s contemporary such as Love, Rosie. Hearing that she was writing a dystopian seemed very foreign to me but I was pretty excited to dive into it because the cover was gorgeous and the summary dragged me in. Flawed pulled me out of my reading slump and I honestly couldn’t put it down. If I were to recommend a good contemporary, this would be it. It’s perfect for fans of Delirium and Matched.
Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed follows the story of Celestine who has lived her life unflawed. Every day she passes those who are flawed and in her society, doing a bad deed and being branded as flawed is the worse crime. However, often those who are labeled flawed have done trivial things but Celestine doesn’t question things because, at the moment, her life is perfect. She is a straight-a student, she is popular and she has the perfect boyfriend. One day, Celestine decides to help a Flawed man which causes her glamorous life to crash down.
Flawed definitely got me out of my reading slump, which I had at the time! After reading so many dystopian before, I had a looming thought at the back of mind which said that I probably would think that Flawed was just like any other Young-Adult Dystopian but I was proven wrong because Flawed has been one of the best dystopians I’ve read in a while. Okay, but enough with all the praise, I’ll actually get into the specifics.
For once, the main character is actually not annoying. (I know it’s a breakthrough 🙂 ) Seriously, though, if you know anything about me, you would know that I find many main characters get on my nerves easily. What I loved about Celestine, was how relatable she was. Although I have never been in a position like hers, I know that if I was ever in her shoes I would do the exact same thing. She wasn’t reckless, which definitely made the book less frustrating and I really enjoyed watching her character develop throughout the story, from what was a naive girl to a teenager who was more understanding of the politics and people in her society.
Now onto the boys: Art and Carrick. I honestly don’t know who to choose but at the moment, I am leaning more towards Art. From the start, Art seemed like such a perfect boyfriend, that it was pretty hard to hate him. Carrick on the other hand, is like the dark side we have still yet to see in the novel. I haven’t read much about his character to make my final thoughts about him but I have a feeling that I will really love his character!
The world building was really well thought out. It wasn’t hard to understand what was going on and I never found myself confused. Cecelia Ahern really did a good job of describing and developing the world in Flawed. For me, quality world building is a must in novels as the different worlds are what pulls my thoughts from the present world into an imaginary world. Flawed, did a good job of it but I would have loved to see a more in-depth description of the society. However, I think Cecelia will explain more about the Flawed world in the second book, which I am pretty excited about.
I feel like this book zoomed by so quickly, I can’t wait for Perfect to come out. Flawed shows what it means to have a society which is too perfect, a society with too many boundaries and a society dictated by useless rules. I’ve always imagined what it’s like to have a perfect society and I think Cecelia perfectly encapsulate in this series that being perfect isn’t always correct. The consequences of a perfect society are clearly apparent in this novel and I have loved reading every flaw in the world.
Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed is definitely not flawed. It has a sprinkle of everything I enjoy inside a dystopian. For any dystopian lover out there: you will fall in love with this novel!
Thank you so much to Harper Collins Publishing. I received Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed from Harper Collins, in exchange for a review. Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.