Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian
Page Count: 352 pages
Publication Date: April 2017
*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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 Carrick–the only person she can trust.
But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.
Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.
And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?
First of all, “Perfect” is the second book in the duology (is that even a word?). If you want to find out more about the first book in the series, Flawed, you can check out my book review here.
This is a brilliant sequel to the previous book, Flawed. Cecelia Ahern has once again really impressed me with her writing. Seriously, the woman knows how to build tension in a story. The way the characters grow as the story unfolds is great. Especially Celestine, the main character. You can see how much she has grown and matured from the start of the first book to the end of this one. The way she doesn’t trust people as easily as before, or how she thinks of a Plan B in case things go awry, shows how Celestine has learned from her past mistakes and sees things from another perspective now.
There is a bit of a love triangle going on which might put some people off, but don’t worry, it doesn’t affect the flow of the story that much.
The world building in this series is absolutely amazing! It seems credible and at times terrifying. To think that this concept of treating a certain group of people as second-class citizens (going as far as dehumanizing them) happens for real in some parts of the world (eg. Apartheid in South Africa, the Jewish/Black/Gay community in WW2, etc). The author paints a scarily real picture of a not-so-fictional society and makes us think about important issues, without being all in-your-face about it.
Some people might think this should have easily been a trilogy with the amount of action that goes on in the story, but I’d rather have 2 action-packed books than 3 slow, dragged out books just to make it a trilogy (because apparently trilogies are very “in” right now). So kudos to Cecelia Ahern for giving us a fantastic story in just 2 books, instead of following the 3-book trend.
I wanted to give this book a 4.5 rating on Goodreads but you know how their system works… bleh 😦
Perfect by Cecelia Ahern is a must-read for anyone who is into contemporay dystopian YA novels! But please read Flawed (the first book in the series) first!