Sci-Fi/Fantasy · Young Adult Fiction

Review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

Flawed | Series: Standalone | Author: Cecelia Ahern | Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks | Publication date: March 24th 2016 | Num. Pages: 334 | Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult


4 stars – A good concept within a harsh dystopian world

Many thanks to HarperCollins Children’s Books and Netgalley for giving me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The stunning YA debut from internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern.

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 this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.


I got this ARC back in March and I was preoccupied and didn’t get round to reading it until now; I kind of wish I’d read it earlier.

Originally it took me 38 chapters – nearly half the book- to get into it. It started out pretty slow and I didn’t like Celestine North much as I felt she was too teeny-bopper to me but after 38 chapters she grew on me quite a lot. 

Flawed follows a society of perfection and Celestine North -a teenager – as she grows up in this so called perfect society. She’s got everything she could want, a good family, a loving boyfriend, brains and dreams. 

Everything appears to be going fine until she makes the mistake of helping a Flawed old man into a non – flawed seat on a bus. This whole book gave me a distinct segregation feel to it and I wasn’t 100% sold on it until Bosco Crevan (a judge at the Guild where Flawed are found) revealed he himself is Flawed in a way. The man’s paranoid like no other and has a temper and he releases this temper on Celestine giving her the highest amount of Flawed brands ever received. 

A person found to be Flawed is branded with a ‘F’ on a different part of their body depending on what their ‘flaw’ is – temple, tongue, right hand, sole of the right foot and chest – and Celestine gets them all plus one more. I won’t tell you where it is so you’ll have to find out from reading it yourself. 

The book – though based on a flawed society – reads a little like your typical dystopian world with its main character getting thrown into the deep end and having to survive. I found the book dealt with a lot of sensitive subjects and they were quite well written.

Flawed was in general a well written book and my first from Cecelia Ahern. Despite my initial reservations on the main character and the secondary characters I did, in the end, like them a lot more. I particularly liked Carrick – a Flawed At Birth young man who initially didn’t like Celestine either – and I think after her trial and subsequent conviction of being Flawed he takes a shine to her, much like myself. 

In the beginning Celestine came across as a maybe a little shallow but after she helped the Flawed man out and took the right step in her trial rather than lying, my opinion of her greatly improved. 

I enjoyed this book quite a lot and I look forward to seeing where it goes in the future – particularly if there is a growing relationship between Celestine and Carrick cause I ship that. Totally. 

Happy Reading! (1)

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