Rating – 3/5
“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 imprisoned. She could be found Flawed.”
I am a big fan of dystopian fiction so I knew I was going to enjoy this book before I even started to read it. I also knew I would enjoy it because I am a big fan of Cecelia Ahern and Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie) is one of my favourite books. I read this book in one sitting as the suspense made it pretty impossible to put down. The ending also left me highly anticipating the sequel, Perfect, which was recently released.
However, the story was very unique and for the most part, I liked the characters. Celestine grew on me as the novel progressed and I really loved her Grandad.
Unfortunately, this book had a lot of things I didn’t like. Firstly, it threw you straight into the story with very little backstory and I actually found myself skipping back a few pages because I felt as if I’d missed pages. Despite this very fast-paced introduction, the story itself actually took place over a very small time period and again, I felt as if I must have missed pages. As it took place over such a small time period, there were many chapters about the same day or same moment which I felt was a bit excessive. For example, if I remember correctly, there were three chapters just on the bus and I understand that this was a pivotal moment in the book but the actual event took place in the third of these three chapters and I felt as though the others were a bit unnecessary.
Despite this, I am very much looking forward to the sequel.