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 where 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 where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
I purchased this book for my YA Book Club.
I’m in the middle.
A really great concept, Ahern’s book discusses what it means to be perfect, and what makes a good human. Our main character is the epitome of a ‘perfect’ in this dystopian society until one wrong decision throws her into the bowels of this world.
I like the concept. It’s not original or unique, but it is an idea that we as human beings will examine until the end of time.
What I wasn’t overly fussed on was our main character. She is a likeable character but I just didn’t connect with her as much as I wanted to. There was no growth to her character. After such a traumatic and eye opening experience, I expect anyone to grow. Instead, all she does is move her need to be saved from one boy to another.
And we all know how much I loathe female characters who fixate their self worth and survival on men.
I wanted her to find her own strength, but alas, I wasn’t to see it in this book. Maybe it’s because of Ahern’s previous writings? I don’t know. But I’m tired of it.