Rating – 3/5
“Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed, Celestine’s life has fractured completely – all her freedoms gone. Since Judge Crevan declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, she must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed…”
I was really anticipating Perfect, the sequel to Ahern’s first YA book, Flawed, despite not loving Flawed. The story is really unique, with citizens receiving ‘brands’ for moral misconducts. Celestine North is a really wonderful character – she goes through a lot of development between the first book and this one and I think she’s a brilliant character for young people to look up to. She’s incredibly strong and passionate about what she believes in, the perfect YA protagonist! However, I am indifferent towards most of the other characters as I don’t feel we learn enough about them to be able to form connections.
The short chapters made this book really easy to speed through and each chapter was filled with suspense making the book difficult to put down. Despite this, I still didn’t love the book and I doubt I will ever reread it. Although the story was unique, I didn’t really feel anything for it.
I would recommend reading this duology (I think this is only going to be a duology) if you’re a fan of dystopia and if you’re looking for a unique story.