Author: Cecelia Ahern
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Celestine 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? (Goodreads)
This is the type of story that causes chills to run down your spine. Not because it’s particularly horrifying, but because this type of dystopian future is all too easy to imagine.
A world where morality police, called Whistleblowers, will arrest anyone accused of being flawed. Then, like Hester Prynne, the accused are marked once they’re found guilty.
Instead of having to wear a scarlet letter on their clothes, the accused are actually branded.
On their skin.
With a branding iron.
Branded with a capital F for Flawed.
Their only crime was making a moral or ethical decision that society didn’t agree with. Can you imagine the possible abuses?
What an easy way to get rid of a rival! Simply call the Whistleblowers and accuse your rival of some made up offense and voila, no more rival. Wow!
I was struck by some of the so-called crimes committed by some of the people that Celestine meets. One woman was branded for smoking while pregnant.
A former teacher had roughly handled a student (what does that even mean?).
One of Celestine’s new friends had run away with an older, married man when she was fifteen. Fifteen! All lives ruined because of the morality courts.
This is the follow up to Flawed and while I think it could be enjoyed on its own, I’d recommend reading the first one for the complete experience. You’d probably get a better sense of Celestine and the world she lives in by reading both books.
Really enjoyed the story, as Celestine has grown from a sheltered little girl who believed in the system to a disillusioned fugitive, on the run from a system that she now realizes is deeply flawed. Love it when characters actually learn from their experiences!
With a well developed plot, interesting characters, and lots of action, this was a fast read for me. While I’m sad that there are only two books, I’m glad that the author didn’t drag things out with unnecessary fillers.
Can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next!