Young adult fiction book review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Young adult fiction book review: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

I WAS particularly interested in this book as Cecelia Ahern has for a long time been a well-known and respected author of fiction, praised for both humour and plot. Flawed is her first entry into the young adult fiction market and was followed in 2016 by its sequel Perfect. Her previous works such as the novel Where Rainbows End, which was turned into the romantic comedy film Love, Rosie, had been impressive and I was keen to see how her style would translate to a new genre. Flawed is a dramatic and gripping dystopian tale, with the author’s familiar sense of humour bringing a little light to some of the darker moments. The story is set in a world where an organisation known as The Guild judges people based on their decisions, contribution to society and ethics rather than whether their actions break the law. When someone is decreed by Judge Basco Crevan to be Flawed, they are sent back into society in a way that acts as a specific warning to others who may be tempted to deviate. Depending on the nature of their “crime”, the “flawed” party is branded with an F on a part of their body that best represents it: their temple for bad decisions, their tongue for lying, the right palm for theft, the sole of their right foot for stepping out of line from society … and worst of all, the chest for disloyalty to The Guild. The main character Celestine is presented as the perfect example of compliance with the rules of this society. She is dating Art, the son of Judge Crevan, and she not only obeys the rules but believes in them. At the beginning of the book she views the system as a valuable way of protecting society from from those that are “flawed”. Her whole life is based on logic and mathematics and she takes pride in the idea that she’s perfect. The book explores what happens when her belief system begins to unravel. She starts to have doubts when someone she knows personally is taken to face The Guild. Despite a nagging feeling that there’s something cruel and corrupt in the system, it is so ingrained into her values that it is only when she herself is accused of making a mistake that she begins to question everything she knows. I adored the concept of this book, and although it can sometimes feel similar to young adult books I’ve read before, Celestine is a strong enough character to pull the reader in. It is a very human dilemma to begin questioning a system that had seemed perfect until personal experience undermines confidence in the rules. It challenges the reader with continual questions, many of which are dealt with as the book progresses. However, enough remain tantalisingly unanswered to encourage the reader to revisit this world in the sequel. I certainly look forward to doing so. This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s Editors’ Code of Practice. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here ©Copyright 2001-2020. This site is part of Newsquest’s audited local newspaper network. A Gannett Company. Published from its offices at 200 Renfield Street Glasgow and printed in Scotland by Newsquest (Herald & Times) a division of Newsquest Media Group Ltd, registered in England & Wales with number 01676637 at Loudwater Mill, Station Road, High Wycombe HP10 9TY – a Gannett company.
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