*ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*
In a world where perfection is everything and a single mistake marks you Flawed for life, Celestine North’s life quickly becomes anything but perfect after she commits a terrible mistake.
I’m actually very much in the middle when it comes to Flawed. I can’t decide whether I really hated this book or thought it was just alright.
The premise screams BTDT. I’m not kidding, I’m pretty sure I’ve written something similar when I was twelve but I gave up because of how silly it was. And that being said, the world building from the very beginning just doesn’t add up and seems rather silly. After a collapse, a weird Guild decides to throw out anyone who is dishonest and only allow Perfect people to be in position of power. Given that we all do small lies unknowingly that don’t harm people it just seems so unlikely that this society would even run correctly.
I wasn’t a huge fan of many of the characters, aside from a select side characters, like Pia, and Celestine’s sister. Celestine was a sufficient lead but honestly, I felt like this book would’ve worked from her sister’s POV who, I believe, was more likely to commit the act she did. Celestine builds up this image of her sister, that’s completely opposite of her, it just didn’t feel right for her to break the law. Especially when she does a huge info dump about how not to break the law and then breaks it in the next chapter. In this book, her sister is barely a year older but I felt like it would’ve worked if she was her twin rather than her older sister because there was a scene within the book that would’ve worked better if they were identical twins.
I think what really dragged this down was the most forced love triangle I’ve ever seen. Celestine has a boyfriend, he’s perfect, adoring and they’re so in love. But that’s until she meets Hot Bad Boy in prison, stares at him for ages, and she randomly decides that she trusts him despite barely exchanging ten words together.
“I looked across at Carrick and immediately felt oriented. He was the trigger to calm me, nothing else in the room.”
“I only knew him for two days and we never really spoke, yet . . . I feel such a connection to him.”
Overall, I wouldn’t say it absolute terrible, but I wouldn’t say it’s the best in YA dystopia. If you’re a diehard dystopian reader, then do check this one out. But I’m teetering off dystopia slowly (it’s still a favourite genre but honestly the newer ones are tiring) And since it’s just a duology, maybe I can make myself read the next one, just to see if the predictions I made were right.
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends