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Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

AuthorCecelia Ahern
SeriesFlawed, Book 02
Publish Date: April 4, 2017 Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Distopia
Source: Provided by the publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionCelestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has 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 to risk her life to save all Flawed people.

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Luna Lovebooks says…

I really enjoyed this duology. It is an interesting mix of dystopian novels and, in a way, a look at today’s society. It examines the idea that to err is human and runs wild. There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming and some that were obvious (at least to me). The ending was the uplifting “wow” that I was hoping for, and I may or may not have teared up. While the ending did wow me, I also felt it was a little too neat. There are a few unanswered questions, like what will become of the Guild, but for the most part, events just happened to fall into place.

Celestine’s character really grew. She went from believing that she was perfect to realizing that to be human is to be flawed, often in more ways than one. I also respect her for realizing that even if her verdict was overturned then she could never be the person she was before. You know standing up for a whole group of people may have contributed to my respect just a little. 😉

Carrick was my absolute favorite and I am glad Celestine ended up with him. The whole thing where Art came back into her life and had her brain all in a fuzz wasn’t necessary to me. I do understand the feelings were still there, but it just wasn’t necessary.

This was an enjoyable read and it has earned its place – among many of my review books – on my shelf. I give it 4 strawberries.

Our reviews in this series…

Other recommendations…

Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent, the Everlife series by Gena Showalter, and The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

This story is an intense mix of human rights issues that have come up over history and the Scarlet Letter. You can’t aide a Flawed person but when that conflicts with the right thing to do, Celeste’s world is turned upside down.

Title: Flawed
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Series: Flawed #1
Publish Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: YA Dystopia
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionYou will be punished…

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 where 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.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Luna Lovebooks says…

Likes: The concept of this book intrigued me. A future where everyone is perfect. One step out of line and you are branded flawed and basically treated as an outcast. You can only eat certain meals, you have a curfew and a special place to sit on the bus, and people hate you. I like the real world context that this novel has, not just in today’s society, but from looking at our society’s past as well. I liked the way the characters and the society of this novel start to rebel and divide.

Dislikes: Celeste at times was very naïve. And for being a logical person, she missed a few ques that were very obvious to me. While I had no issues with the events in the book some may consider them graphic or even triggering. The ending was more of a “What?” moment than a cliff hanger.

Other recommendations…

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, Flashfall by Jenny Moyer, Bubble World by Carol Snow