About the book…
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Published: 24th March 2016
Pages: 416 Pages
Series: Flawed #1
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.
I’m sure we all know Cecelia Ahern for her contemporary chick-lit titles, but now, she’s trying something new and has branched out into the world of Young Adult fiction.
Imagine a world where being ‘Flawed’ is deemed immoral, and something you can get punished for. Prone to telling a white lie? worked hard for a living? Well, in the eyes of the Guild you’ve done something wrong! You’ll be branded with an ‘F’ and made to live a very structured, yet depressing life.
Celestine falls into the hands of the Guild and is branded with multiple traits that show everyone that she is flawed to the bone, but why? She’s a respected citizen! All she is guilty of was helping a sick man when he needed it the most, but he is part of the Flawed community and someone you’re not allowed to help!
I know this novel was a work of fiction, but by gosh, I got so angry, which is probably Cecelia’s intention. Imagine a society where you are punished for something that in reality is not that bad. What right did the Guild have to do what they did? None that’s what! We should be incredibly lucky to live in a world that we do – minus the obvious recent developments in the world. Celestine and the other Flawed members are treated like rubbish and made to feel like they don’t belong and all because they’ve done something that a group of people with ‘power’ deem to be wrong. What got me was the Guild even say themselves that the things they punish people for are not illegal, just things they believe are wrong – it’s a matter of opinion and nothing else.
Flawed is essentially all about Celestine and how she copes with her branding, plus the way other people treat her. She’s also the only person in the Flawed community to have the most recorded brandings, she has 5, but she does have a secret 6th, which is the start of a causing a revolution.
Two things that I will say are that one, it loses a little bit of pace half-way through and two, I felt it had a Hunger Games feel to it with Celestine having some similarities as Katniss. However, I really can’t wait for the second in the series.