Flawed by Cecelia Ahern is a dystopian YA novel about a society in which people can be deemed Flawed for lapses in character, and ostracized from their community. The Flawed, as they are collectively known, are branded with the letter F and forced to wear bright red armbands that signify their status as second-class citizens.
Celestine North is the model teenager who is every bit as close to perfect as one could be. She has a good family and upbringing and excellent grades in school. Her boyfriend, Art, is the son of Judge Crevan, who is a leading member of the Guild which decides Flawed cases and publicly hands out sentences.
When Celestine mistakenly becomes involved with a Flawed, she is brought to the Guild under the suspicion that she, too, is Flawed, and is put on public trial. Her relationship to Art and his father should help her case, only it seems that there are people working behind the scenes (perhaps members of the Guild?) who wish to see her suffer the same consequences as all Flawed do. What happens next is unlike anyone, Flawed or otherwise, has ever seen, and it slowly cracks the perfect facade that their society has been trying to uphold for so long.
“Did you not understand, Celestine, that this is not about you? It is about our country’s future, ensuring reliable, perfect, ethically sound, morally competent leaders who can make pure decisions and lead us to prosperous times. Did you not understand that?”
I can’t quite remember how I found out about this book, but it was on my TBR list since last fall. I’m glad that I finally had the chance to read it because it was so much more than I was expecting. I was appreciative of the fact that larger themes such as prejudice and discrimination were at the forefront of the story. What is perfect, and what does perfect look like? At the beginning of the book Celestine would have had a clear cut answer, but at the end, she isn’t so sure anymore.
Flawed is part one of a duology, and I am eager to read the second book, Perfect, soon.