Flawed by Cecelia Ahern.
This is one of the most stunning dystopian fiction novels for young adults that I have ever read.
Set in a country much like Scotland, in a city much like Edinburgh, with a population that are led and infected by the most extreme and cruelest Knoxian ethics and values. This is one of the most cruel yet brilliant novels I have read.
The main character is 17 year old Celestine who is a near perfect teenager, doesn’t rock the boat and goes along with society’s rules wiothout question. Before she was born there was a great recession in which the banks folded, the Government collapsed and the economy ravaged. The nation responded by rooting out all the bad decision makers and every person who made an error of judgement whether it be ethical or otherwise.
People who where judged to have made mistakes were labelled Flawed and were branded on a part of their bodies that reflect the flaw. Daily trials were held presided by three power judges. The events were televised like reality tv and became the source of the nations entertainment and worshiping celebrities but mainly a way of rooting out undesirables. The judges were very powerful and the most powerful was Crevan father of Celestine’s boyfriend Art.
Those who were branded flawed have a terrible life, much worse than under Apartheid and treated as outcasts by those who considered themselves more worthy. Celestine is about to find out what this all means and so are you the reader.
In an incident on a bus Celestine shows humanity towards a Flawed old man. This is illegal and she appears before the court and suffers the most cruel treatment of any character I have read about. It will stun you but you will strongly empathise with Celestine and feel her pain.
The novel not only shows man’s inhumanity to man but it asks the question Can perfection be bred and imperfection bred out? Is anybody perfect? and it shows how power must always be checked.
Beautifully written without a word out of place. It amazed me that Cecelia Ahern wrote it in 6 weeks and then tuned it up. This woman can write. The chapters are short and you can’t stop reading. I read it long into the night and at times had to put it down and walk around while digesting what I was reading. Hell I hope Celestine is alright.
There is going to be a sequel to this novel out in 2017. If there is a 10 out of 10 novel this year this is it.