A review by Amanda.
I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Celestine North is a seventeen year old girl striving for perfection. Society no longer tolerates mistakes and those who break the rules, even unwittingly, are branded Flawed – literally. Citizens who make a mistake are put on trial by the Guild. The Guild was formed long ago to curb societal wrongdoing, such as taking a risk at work that fails, committing adultery, and otherwise seeming undesirable. Those found guilty are branded with an F in a location on their bodies that depends on their crime.
Celestine takes pride in being as precise as possible. She is an aspiring mathematician and values logic over almost everything else. She loves her family, even if her sister Juniper walks a thin line of propriety. Her boyfriend, Art, is the North’s neighbor, and son of a Guild judge. Celestine has never doubted their future together; his humor balances her solemnity quite nicely. Her plans are torn apart when her logical mind, and compassion, compels her to break a rule, landing her in a holding center, awaiting trial. Worried for her family, as well as Art, she struggles to decide whether she should do what is right or what is expected of her. Making things slightly more complicated, her new “neighbor” in the holding center is Carrick, a mysterious young man whom she feels a connection with, despite never speaking a word to him.
Flawed is the first YA book by this author. Readers may recognize her contemporary fiction novels such as P.S. I Love You and Thanks For The Memories. This was a stunning story, full of interesting characters and a darkly relevant plot. It moves quickly, keeping the readers attention captured. The romantic aspects were on the predictable side but it didn’t detract from the story as a whole and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am anxious to continue the story and see which direction it goes in!
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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