You will be punished…
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 where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.
In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
Well, I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I think it was definitely an interesting debut YA dystopian for Ahern.
The whole thing is based on this society in which perfection is required by law. Those who are deemed flawed are punished and discriminated. It was an interesting premise, and Celestine, the main character was just as brainwashed as everyone else. She never thought too much about it, because no one close to her had ever been flawed, until she witness something that finally had her reconsider. Her actions will bring a lot of attention on her, from both those supporting and those against the system.
This book was all about the moral dilemma, and Celestine’s development. I feel like this wasn’t enough to make a dystopian novel, though, like it was just the prologue. The real action was just about to start when the book ended. And there were a lot of things about the flawed system that weren’t clear. I’m still not sure what’s allowed and what’s not.
I’m really curious and excited to read the second book, though. Overall, it was a good read, it kept my attention and curiosity. It has a lot of flaws, but a lot of potential.