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Flawed: A Novel Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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Gr 7 Up—In this compulsively readable dystopian novel, biracial 17-year-old Celestine sees things in black and white and would never break society's rules—until she impulsively helps a Flawed man on a bus, an act that's illegal. Her compassionate gesture lands her in jail for aiding a Flawed, and it's certain she'll be judged Flawed, too. Those found Flawed by the Guild have made moral or ethical mistakes in society. Depending on their crime, the Flawed are branded with an "F" on a prominent place on their body and are required to wear an armband and adhere to strict rules. Judge Craven, the Guild's head judge, makes an example of Celestine for threatening his abuse of the Guild's power and for her very public stand against an unjust society. The price she pays is horrific and unprecedented. She becomes the poster child for those who want to make change. The only person Celestine feels understands what she's suffered is the mysterious boy she saw in prison but never actually spoke to. Celestine's shift from believing in the rightness of those judged Flawed to condemning their treatment is a bit too sudden. The brutal descriptions of the branding of those deemed Flawed are not easy to read, but it's a compelling thriller that's very hard to put down. The cliff-hanger ending guarantees readers will be waiting impatiently for the next book in the series. VERDICT For fans of Lauren Oliver's Delirium (HarperCollins) or Hillary Jordan's When She Woke (Algonquin, both 2011).—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
"Readers will be captivated and unable to put the book down, haunted at how possible it is for the masses to be controlled, manipulated, and led to allow evil to thrive; how flawed humanity is and how quick humans are to turn their backs on each other; how courageous it is to look inside oneself, take a stand, and do what it is right, even at great cost to oneself. . . Consider this a must-have purchase for all young adult collections."--VOYA, starred review
". . . a compelling thriller that’s very hard to put down. The cliff-hanger ending guarantees readers will be waiting impatiently for the next book in the series."--School Library Journal
"Sharp and entertaining. I had a knot in my gut reading it."--Roddy Doyle
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I could have read this book in 1 day if I could have kept my eyes open last night to finish it. It was deeply moving to me and showed me what bullying is like when taken to the extreme in a society, to the point where some people in society are seen a less-than-human and have their rights taken away and their lives severely restricted over lapse of judgment or thought different from the accepted norm. I felt the anger and the frustration of the Flawed and those who questioned the morality of the society but were afraid to speak up in fear of being declared "Flawed." A great dystopian novel that O would highly recommend to all especially young adults and dystopian readers.
I gave this a 4 out of 5 on Goodreads.
I really enjoyed this book! I'm a big fan of books set in dystopian societies, and while this one wasn't overtly dystopian, it still fits the bill. I liked watching the characters progress through the book in terms of beliefs - in the beginning of the book, so much of what they believe was black and white, and by the end there are definitely shades of grey. The book ends on a cliffhanger (noooooo!) so I'm really excited for it's sequel, Perfect, which comes out in April 2017. I can't wait to read it!
I will say, that if you read To All the Boys I've loved Before by Jenny Han and didn't care for Lara Jean, you will likely not like Celestine. She's much in the same vain in regards to being incredibly eager to be perfect and follow the rules, without stepping a toe out of line. They remind me a lot of each other, so if you don't like one, you probably won't like the other. For me, it wasn't a problem, I liked both characters, even though there were definitely a few times I wanted to slap Celestine for being so naive and innocent. I don't remember being that naive in High School, but who knows! Maybe I was!
Anyway, I definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys young adult dystopian novels, and I will absolutely be reading Perfect when it comes out next year!
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