Monday, June 13, 2016

Flawed gets 4.5 Stars {YA} {Dystopian}

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern is a new dystopian Young Adult (YA) novel.  This fast paced page turner of a book is perfect if you are a Hunger Games or Divergent fan.  I enjoyed the story and will read the next one in the series I'm sure.  Great book.  Good for reluctant readers. Books for girls 4.5 out of 5 Stars book review Girl Power Books. Alohamora Open a Book

I was lucky enough to have read Flawed by Cecelia Ahern right after bailing on The Ghosts of Heaven even though it was a Printz Honor book this year. 

Flawed is a fast read page turner Young Adult (YA) Lit dystopian book.  I actually read it in 2 days b/c it was such a fun read, and my husband let me forget about all of my responsibilities as a mom.  He's a good man.  

I give Flawed 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book review.  It's a great book with a fun story and a likable main character.  Celestine, the main character, reminded me of both Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games and Tris Prior in Divergent.  Celestine, like Katniss and Tris, was a girl that was almost thrust into doing something great.  It is very much a book of girl power, and I thought the character development was good.  Celestine grew and developed throughout the story in a logical and relatable way. 

This is a great book, but it did lose a half a star in my book review.  I felt there were a few too many of the aspects of the book that were predictable, and that is the reason for the less than perfect book review rating.  The bad guy was a cliche typical bad guy, and there were parts of the plot/story line that I saw coming a mile away.  However, there was a major aspect of the story that I didn't see coming.  For example, the 6th, if you've read it you'll know what I mean, but if you haven't read it this doesn't spoil anything, surprised me.

If you like Hunger Games and/or Divergent you will enjoy this new book.  As far as content goes, there is no sex, but there kissing.  There is some violence, but in the form of bullying and punishment. I don't recall language or drugs, but there is a few instances of underage drinking. 

On page 107 there was a really great quote that I liked.  "I've learned that to be courageous is to feel fear within, every step of the way.  Courage does not take over, it fights and struggles through every word you say and every step you take.  It's a battle or dance as to whether to let it pervade, it takes courage to overcome, but it takes extreme fear to be courageous."  

Amazon has the following book review from School Library Journal

"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)."

Have you read Flawed? What did you think?  If you haven'r read it, are you going to request it?  I always love to hear yalls thoughts.   

Happy fast paced page-turner book reading

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