I have read all Cecelia Ahern’s novels and always enjoyed them. My interest was piqued therefore when I saw she had written a YA dystopian novel as this is my favourite genre.
I wasn’t disappointed. The story focuses on a dystopian society where people who have failed society; scarily like present day (think politicians making bad decisions and celebrities selling fitness DVDs when they’ve really gone under the knife) are tried in a special court and found ‘Flawed’ by society. Once branded (literally) the Flawed are made to live a simple life on a special diet, they are not allowed to lie and nobody must aid them. Despite not being criminals they are segregated from the rest of society, looked on with distaste and not even allowed to keep their children.
Celestine North fully believes in the system until someone a bit too close to home is wrongly accused of being flawed and the system for Celestine is tipped on its head. Her thoughts that maybe the system just isn’t right leads her to action which in turn lands her in deep trouble. Overnight Celestine goes from quiet rule follower to someone very different. Someone she’s not even sure she wants to be.
The novel is powerful in that it flips the usual story on its head. This is not your typical dystopian novel where someone chooses to be some kind of freedom fighter. Instead this is a girl for who everything has previously been black and white except now she’s finding out there’s other colours out there. It’s not a case of boy meets girl either, yes there is romance in there but it just doesn’t work out the way you’d expect.
The writing is easy and interesting making it a pretty quick read due to the fact it’s impossible almost to put down. Thoroughly enjoyable I can’t wait for the next instalment!