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September 20, 2023

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Harper Collins
Genre - YA Fiction/Dystopia
Publishing year - 2016
Language - English
ISBN - 978-0-00-812512-7
Pages - 402

Flawed by Cecelia Ahren

Book Review - 

This is my first read by Cecelia Ahren, and Flawed is a part of duology. It is about a dystopian world where perfection is the ultimate aspiration, and even the most minor mistakes can lead to devastating consequences. The story revolves around Celestine North, a young woman living a seemingly flawless life in a society that values conformity above all else. 

From the beginning, the author paints a vivid picture of a world where societal norms are strictly enforced, and any deviation from the accepted path is met with harsh punishment. Celestine, our protagonist, embodies perfection in this world, ticking all the boxes of what society expects. Her life is comfortable, her future seemingly secure, and her relationship with the charming Art Crevan appears to be the stuff of dreams.

However, everything changes when Celestine faces a moral dilemma that forces her to make a life-altering decision. In a moment of instinctive defiance, she breaks a fundamental rule of this tightly controlled society, setting a series of events that will change the fabric of her existence. 

The Guild, an organization that punishes people for making moral and ethical mistakes, whose leader is Bosco Crevan, father of Art, found Celestine guilty and made her a Flawed person for life. After that, she realizes that she lives in a crooked world and can't trust anyone, as everyone has an agenda. But someone has to speak, come forward, and deal with the Guild. But who that person will be? 

Cecelia Ahren crafts a thought-provoking narrative that explores the consequences of a society obsessed with perfection. She delves deep into the psyche of her characters as they grapple with moral dilemmas, ethical questions, and law-abiding procedures. Celestine's transformation from a model citizen to a pariah is portrayed with sensitivity and authenticity, making her a relatable and compelling protagonist.

The world-building in this book is both intriguing and unsettling. The story serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of individuality and the dangers of blindly adhering to societal norms. The novel's pacing is expertly handled, tension steadily building as Celestine's fate hangs in the balance. However, the author's writing is engaging, making this book unputdownable.

The story portrays a teenager's raw emotions, courage, and rebellion. Still, this book is also about bullying, corruption, evil politics, family drama, and an urge to be perfect at all costs. If you're intrigued by the premise, please read this book. I recommend it and can't wait to read its final part, Perfect.

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