Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection.
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?
Perfect is the long-awaited sequel to Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling YA debut Flawed (review here). The sequel begins with the protagonist, Celestine, on the run from the Guild, a government run organisation imposing perfection across society. Having been branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.
This is an action-packed continuation of the first story which sees Celestine, along with the help of her Flawed friends, battle the forces that are trying to destroy her. Celestine has a secret, a plan B, that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. Will she succeed where others have failed? Can she prove to the entire population that Flawed are people and not monsters? The plot hurtles along at breakneck speed with the perfect amount of YA romance and action.
Everyone knows I love a speech and Cecelia Ahern doesn’t disappoint in this department. It is when the Guild, lead by Judge Crevan, instill a new initiative to house the Flawed in an isolated community that Celestine lets her voice truly be heard. This is one of the best speeches I have ever read; Cecelia Ahern I salute you!
“When you tell me that I have greed, I call it desire. Desire for a fair and equal society. When you call me arrogant, I call it pride, because my beliefs make me stand above those who oppress me. When you say I am impatient, I say that I am daring to question your judgments. You call me stubborn; I say I’m determined. You say I want to make myself a martyr; I say I’m showing selflessness. Self-deprecation? Humility.
Mistakes are nothing to be ashamed of. Mistakes teach us to take responsibility. They teach us what works and what doesn’t. We learn what we would do differently next time, how we will be different better and wiser in the future. We are not just walking mistakes, we are human.”
A very satisfying sequel to this dystopian duology.
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