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Celestine North lives a perfect life. She's a model daughter and sister, she's well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she's dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Editorial Review :

Publishers Weekly
In this futuristic series opener, adult author Ahern's first book for teens, the government has appointed a court to judge ethical and moral transgressions, searing an F into the skin of citizens deemed to be Flawed. Celestine North is a carefree teenager living in this rigid world of right and wrong, but after she comes to the aid of an elderly Flawed man, she becomes the unwitting poster child for a rebellion. Ahern's concept is solid, seeking to examine prejudice and abuse of power, but it suffers from a superficial treatment and a less-than-inspiring heroine; even after her ordeal, Celestine still acts helpless around her beloved, Art, and her cellmate, Carrick. Despite the story being told from Celestine's point of view, there's little hint of an internal struggle to understand or abide by the rules, creating an unrealistically rapid swing from self-proclaimed "perfect" girl to defiant martyr. Characters are neatly categorized as good or evil, and society's rules are laid out so bluntly, early on, that it feels like a primer, not a natural component of Celestine's narrative. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
VOYA, April 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 1) - Karen Sykeny
Best-selling author Ahern offers her debut young adult novel, a realistic, near-future setting that will draw in readers, who will root for the feisty heroine. The novel is quite different, refreshingly, from the plethora of dystopian fiction in the young adult market. Teenager Celestine North is perfect in every way: academics, relationships, behavior, and appearance. She fears imperfection, along with all her family, friends, and neighbors. American society is ruled by the Guild, a three-judge panel that “legislates” perceived moral and ethical behavior for everyone in America. Neighbors watch their friends get hauled off for “trial” and branding. Friends and family willingly tattle on each other. Anything perceived as wrong, even if right, is punished harshly. While riding a bus, Celestine makes a life-changing decision by offering logical and compassionate help to an elderly “flawed” man. Soon she is a poster child for both the powerful Guild and the underground resistance. The narrative is wonderfully detailed and intense. Readers will be immediately angered and appalled that American citizens have rescinded their rights and allowed three people to control and place judgment on all actions and speech. 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. The story ends with no clear resolution and screams for a sequel. Consider this a must-have purchase for all young adult collections. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
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
From the Publisher

“Readers will be captivated and unable to put the book down . . . Consider this a must-have purchase for all young adult collections.” —VOYA, starred review

“Compulsively readable . . . Readers will be waiting impatiently for the next book in the series.” —School Library Journal


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