Book Review - Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
Genre: Teens | YA | Dystopian
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group (US) | Harper Collins Children's Books (UK)
Publication Date: 4 April 2017 (US) | 6 April 2017 (UK)
"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…?"
Book 1 (Flawed) made a big impact on me and had been playing on my mind after I'd finished it so I couldn't wait to get started on this one. I needed to know what would happen next!
Celestine found herself in a very different position to the one she should have been in and I couldn't help but feel sad for her, she was a character who was easy to take to heart. I was waiting for the moment she would strike back. But would that ever happen?
I particularly liked how unpredictable this book was. Every time I thought I knew which way the storyline was headed, it would scoot off in a completely different direction.
There was a distinct feeling of defiance and hope running through this book, the previously beaten-down characters seemed to be gaining strength and momentum as they faced their enemies. Once again there were some shocking moments, they were so beautifully written that I couldn't help but picture the horrifying scenes in my mind.
Something I loved about Celestine was her 'fake it til you make it' attitude. She hid her true feelings so well and put on an amazing front of confidence that infiltrated everyone around her. She had many tough decisions to make and, as I've come to expect from Celestine, she used logic to make her choices. There was one decision, however, that wasn't so easy to process and she struggled to think rationally when faced with a difficult romantic choice. What happened next were perhaps the most unexpected scenes for me but absolutely perfect (see what I did there), it made complete sense.
This was an utterly captivating and thought-provoking read about a society torn in half. A fabulous sequel and a story that will stay with me for a long time!
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Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.