Book Review: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern
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?
This review will have spoilers from book 1 – Flawed.
I receded an earc of Perfect by Cecelia Ahern from Feiwel & Friends via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about a book.
Last year I read book one in this duology and was intrigued. Flawed introduced us into a world that is quite different from ours. Where if you go against their laws you are marked as flawed. And it’s not the usual laws that they have to abide. When protagonist Celestine North helps a flawed she is damned – and marked with not 1, not 2, not even 4 flawed marks, but 6. The most anyone has had. The ending of Flawed saw Celestine on the run and wanting to break this system.
I was really looking forward to reading what was going to happen next. What was Celestine going to find out? Will the system break? However, I was slightly disappointed with the outcome. When I finished reading Perfect, I was left hanging.
Perfect starts off not long after Flawed. Celestine is hiding out at her grandfather’s farm, trying not to be caught and blending in. The connection that I had with Celestine was lost in this book. I don’t know what it was, but I felt that she was different. I loved her honesty, her weakness, her rawness and I felt that she lost that in Perfect.
The romance. I first I loved it. I really did. And then I figure out, the book wasn’t set over a large amount of time and my love for it did lessen. They just saw each other and wanted other. Although I did see a connection between the two, I felt like they didn’t actually know each other. However, I still enjoyed it somewhat and if the books were spaced out over a bigger period of time, it would have totally worked for me.
Family, was a big theme in Perfect and I loved it. There is the good, the bad and the ugly. But, that is what families are. I loved Celestine’s relationship with her mother and sister. It’s rare to get good family bonds in YA, let alone Dystopian. I loved that they cared so much for each other. And even with Celestine on the run, she cared so much for her family.
I felt that Perfect was a lot slower than the first book. At times, I was getting bored and wanting something to happened, but then it didn’t. The last half of the book was pretty good on that part. There was action and every page I turned something was happening. The last 150 or so were probably my favourite. They were intense, I didn’t know what was going to happened next, and there was a twist – which I wasn’t expecting.
Overall, Perfect was an okay read. I enjoyed parts of it and disliked others. What disappointed me most was that I was expecting more. This world intrigued me and I was left hanging. The romance was a hit and miss for me, while I loved the aspects of family. Nevertheless, Perfect explores the notion of standing up and fighting for what you believe.
Have you read this series yet? What did you think? Have you read Perfect? What did you think? Are you planning on reading it?