Book Review : Perfect by Cecelia Ahern – A Thought-Provoking YA Dystopia

August 19, 2017 Book review 5 ★★★★

,A few years ago, I fell dizzily in love with YA Dystopia books.  But my love affair swiftly came, and went .  After a while, they all felt the same.  I burnt out on the insta-love, the ya troupes, and the empowered teenagers who saved the world every time.  Perfect by Cecelia Ahern pulled me back into the genre, simply because I enjoy her adult fiction.  And I’m glad.  It was a read that entertained and reminded of lots of pluses about this genre that I had forgotten about.  Despite the tropes!

Book Review : Perfect by Cecelia Ahern – A Thought-Provoking YA DystopiaPerfect (Flawed, #2) by Cecelia Ahern
Published by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks on April 6th 2017
Genres: Dystopia, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become perfect…
Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.
Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.
Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?

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First Line of Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

“There’s the person you think you should be and there’s the person you really are.”

My Thoughts on Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

First things first, this is book 2 in a duology.  So if you haven’t read Flawed, then back away gently, as there are spoilers ahead.  And if you already enjoyed book 1, then I know I won’t have to convince you too much about this sequel.

I found that I enjoyed this book slightly more (although I liked Flawed too).  It started off with a recap that flowed nicely within the story itself, and reminded me of what happened in book 1.  Which allowed me to jump back into this cruel world, without fretting about all the whos and the whys.

From the get go, the pace moved briskly with lots of tension bubbling under the surface.  I felt danger lurked around every corner, and this kept me swipping pages rapidly.  Which I loved.  I also revelled in the uncertainty of not knowing who was friend or foe, and just who could betray you at any moment.

A disappointing insta-love featured in Flawed, but now that time has moved on, the connection between the main characters felt more authentic.  This allowed me to appreciate the chemistry more, and I did love the scenes between Celestine and North.

However, the standout element of the series is the thought-provoking philosophy which seems so relevant to my life.  In this world, fear of appearing flawed controls Society.  In a quest to appear perfect, people lost their compassion, and empathy along the way.  Through fear, through manipulative media, through a flawed quest for perfection.  The punishment for being found flawed is horrific, it basically turns you into an outcast, and there is no coming back.

Perfect made me consider what flaws I have, and how I could see them as strengths if I flipped them round.  And like all dystopias, it makes you question the status quo, which in today’s world is no bad thing.

The bottom line:

A fast-paced series with an inspirational female lead (although she didn’t start out that way), a sweet romance and lots of thought-provoking what-ifs.

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Overall: four-stars


Who should read Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

I’d recommend this to you if you are looking for a YA Dystopia novel that will make you think.  Not just about the imagined world you are reading about, but how that relates to your own life.  Fans of The Testing and Divergent might also enjoy.


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5 Responses to “Book Review : Perfect by Cecelia Ahern – A Thought-Provoking YA Dystopia”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    I too love dystopian and post-apocalyptic books and like you devoured the YA ones and then stepped away and moved to adult ones without the YA tropes. This sounds refreshing!

    Thanks for your comment for my Six. We lost a loved one this week, had house issues and we’re dealing with two sick Royals so sadly I have been absent from the sphere. Selecting six books was hard especially since I also tried to select six from different genres to appeal to
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    • trish

      I loved that I could enjoy a YA dystopia series again Kim. So sorry to hear of your hard week. I’ve been absent myself from the blogosphere as I had a miscarriage and needed time to heal. It feels good to be back though.

  2. Greg

    I like that first line a lot. Nice to see there are still good, compelling YA dystopians out there. I have to admit I get in the mood for one every once in a while. And it’s always nice when a book like this makes you think! I’ll have to add this series to my TBR.
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    • trish

      I loved the theme behind this book Greg, and it’s a good series to read whenever you’re in the mood for a YA dystopia.

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