I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her-everything.
Flawed was one of my highly anticipated reads this year, so I was thrilled when I was able to get my hands on a copy. The concept really drew me in, and I had such high hopes for the book. However, the main character was too impulsive and sort of selfish for me, and there were some graphic scenes that I wasn’t prepared for. As much as I wanted to love this book, I ended up a little disappointed with it.
Flawed has such an intriguing concept! This dystopian tells the story of a perfect society where anyone who steps out of place is branded as a Flawed. The idea of a person being an outcast because of their decisions and lifestyle really interested me. I had super high expectations for this one, which is probably why it just didn’t hit the mark for me.
I had a few problems with the main character in Flawed. Celestine is the kind of character who is too quick to judge others. Also, her decision making skills are very poor. She never listens to anyone else’s side of the story, which also really bothered me. I feel like, in her situation, she could have tried a lot harder to forgive people instead of pushing them away. Without a connection to the main character, this book just really didn’t draw me in as I had hoped.
A few parts in Flawed were also pretty unpleasant to read about. Certain scenes in the book were too graphic for me, and kind of disturbing. I understand that these scenes add to the mood of the book and that the author is just trying to be descriptive, but it got to a point where it was a little too much. I really don’t like feeling squeamish when I’m reading a book, so this was a turn-off for me.
Flawed is a dystopian novel with a super intriguing concept that had so much potential. However, the impulsive main character and a few graphic scenes were disappointing. Despite those elements, Flawed did have moments that were enjoyable and the concept is quite interesting. I would still recommend this book if you are willing to overlook the main character’s behaviour and can tolerate a story with very graphic scenes.