I loved Cecelia Ahern’s debut YA novel, Flawed. It was fast-paced, tense and the ending left you wanting more. After a year long wait the sequel and finale, Perfect, is finally here and it had me on the edge of my seat.
Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.
Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, 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, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?
Perfect is the sequel that I hoped for. It is thrilling, tense, action-packed, and twisty. Celestine is forever on the run and you just know that she could be caught at any stage. Celestine’s grandfather tells her to trust no one and she certainly finds this out throughout the course of the book. There are those who want to help but know they need to cover their backs, those who seem trustworthy but blame Celestine for messing up their lives, and there are those who are willing to do anything to bring her down and silence her. Celestine and her fellow Flawed find themselves in some situations that could blow up at any moment.
I have really enjoyed seeing Celestine’s character evolve, from the girl who had everything to the girl who had nothing. She went through so much and became so strong. Although she didn’t want to be the ‘face’ of the Flawed she took a stand for their rights and did everything she could to try to bring the system down.
In a market full of trilogies it was great to read a story that is just told in two books. Although there were a couple of places where there was a lull in the action I felt that overall everything was covered in the two books. By the end I felt that everything was resolved and that there is hope for the future. Celestine’s story is set in Humming, which is only a small part of the world, so I am curious to see if Cecelia Ahern will return to this world and show us a different part. Humming was supposed to be the test of the Flawed system but are there other places in the world who have a similar system that they adopted?
Several of the Year 7/8 girls at my school absolutely loved Flawed and are dying to get ahold of Perfect. This second book gets a little steamy at one stage but would still be fine for good intermediate age readers, especially the girls. Celestine is sure to be another strong female character, like Katniss, that readers will love.