Author: Cecelia Ahern
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Stand Alone or Series: Book #1 In A New Series
How did I get this book: Netgalley
Why did I read this book: In the mood for YA dystopian and the description really intrigued me!
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.
"Never trust a man who sits, uninvited, at the head of the table in another man's home:"
In this world as the description states you are literally branded with an F if you are found to be flawed. You will be branded on your tongue if you lie or on your temple if you make a bad judgment and there are 3 others areas that can be branded all for different crimes. This practice began to keep corrupt politicians and business men in line but soon snowballed into punishing regular people for the smallest offense.
The most beautiful and scary part of this novel is how much it mirrors our own reality, discrimination and prejudice is a huge aspect and Ahern executed it so well! If you are looking for a book with a diverse cast but the diversity is not harped on this is the book for you. Diversity in YA is a huge topic right now and I feel as if authors through in diverse characters just to call their book diverse but not Ahern she mentions it but it is not just thrown in and I really appreciate that!
There is a slight caste system in this novel while it only contains two casts, the flawed and the un-flawed it made for an interesting aspect. The one thing that I can say I did not enjoy is how the punishment system didn't seem realistic. If a person commits even the smallest offense once they are branded and outcast for life even their children are punished if both of their parents are "flawed". While I don't necessarily like this aspect it does make for a dark book and since it resembles our own society so closely it is scary!