Published: 4 April 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Category: Young Adult/Science Fiction/Dystopia
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.
Rating: 4 Stars
The action picks right up at the start of Perfect, the sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s 2015 YA novel Flawed. There’s a bit of recapping, just to catch the reader up, but not the extreme amount common in some novels.
Celestine’s story, one of heartbreak and separation, is written in a fluid style. I think Ahern has really hit her stride in the young adult genre; I wasn’t a fan of her adult novel P.S. I Love You and am glad I gave her another chance last year.
Ahern crafts a strong family picture, not only blood family but those that the character form themselves, particularly among the Flawed community. One of my favorite quotes in the book, in reference to Celestine’s grandfather arrest for suspected Flawed involvement and Celestine’s worry about what harsh punishment he might endure, was:
When it’s yourself, you can take it; when it’s happening to the people you love, it can break you.
This quote really resonated with me because it feels true for me, not only as a mother but as someone with a high empathy quotient. It may be detrimental to my own mental health, but I tend to take on more than is sometimes healthy in order to prevent my family members from suffering. Celestine recognizes this because of the things she has gone through, the six brands and the hiding, and knowing what anyone against her could do.
The way Celestine talks about people using the Flawed system against one another, as a way to punish or to sabotage, reminds me a lot of systems within our own government that people use in the same way: ostensibly it help, but there are those that use it to hurt and tear people apart. This is nothing to what Crevan, the number one villain of the book, could do within the established system against those Celestine loves and cares about.
Dystopian novels can be hit or miss for me, typically because they tend to be dragged on for more books than seem necessary. Two books was perfect for Celestine’s story and with the writing style, it was a good journey, even with all of the tough moments through both books, from Celestine’s brands to the betrayals from multiple characters who should have been trustworthy. If you’re a fan of the genre, be sure to add Flawed and Perfect to your list for what is sure to be a new favorite series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.