Summary: 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.
In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which obedience is paramount and rebellion is punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
Review: 4.5 stars
In a world where people are punished for being flawed, there is so much pressure to be perfect.
This book was so much more to me than entertainment. I found myself thinking that it was allegorical to the Holocaust and racism. This book made me think. Although it was a dystopian novel, it felt like it was possible, which is probably what made it so great. You always think that when reading something like this, I would never do that, but a whole country stood by while Jews were thrown into ovens. People take videos of assault rather than intervene. While some of the events and actions of people in this book were unthinkable and horrific, these actions are plausible. Prejudice is a real issue, when excepted in society, people act in horrific ways that they believe are justifiable.
“My prejudice strikes me. I had been repulsed by the reaction of the woman with the crutches to the Flawed woman smiling at her, but I hold equal views of my own without ever realizing it.”
Typically in books for the conflict is against the system, the main character believes that that the system is in just and wrong. Celestine believes in the system and only begin to see her prejudice and the injustice of it off when she might be branded as blood herself. It is a viewpoint that is much more powerful and thought-provoking than your typical viewpoint in these types of books. It brings up the question important most anything involving civil rights; are you willing to face punishment for what you believe is right?
“I’ve learned that to be courageous is to feel fear within, every step of the way. Courage does not take over, it fights and struggles through every word you say and every step you take. It’s a battle or a dance as to whether to let it pervade. It takes courage to overcome, but it takes extreme fear to be courageous.”
The plot was incredible. I can’t believe that I almost didn’t read this book. I had so many feelings while reading this book, but mostly, it made me angry. I love the way it was written. The little details that were pointed out about the characters gave insight into what they were really like. The character development was subtle, but great. The writing captures pain and the injustices of society. This is so much more than your typical dystopian read. I can’t believe that this book isn’t that popular. This is one of those books that changes the way you think. It will stay with you and it will make you question your beliefs. Just read it.