Back with a mission and the ability to bring down the entire Flawed system, Celestine North is on the run from Judge Crevan, who believes that she has proof of what he did to her in the chambers. But there’s one problem with her plan; she doesn’t actually have proof of the event other than the brand on her back. There are no witnesses left for Celestine to talk to --- especially not ones who the Court would actually trust --- and the video of the event is nowhere to be found.
However, rather than tell the truth about not having the video, Celestine chooses to run away with Carrick, another deserter. Carrick is the only person who Celestine thinks she can trust because he was there when she was branded on the spine with her sixth brand --- the most anyone has ever received and the only weapon she has to end the entire Flawed system. Learning once again how difficult it is to find a person to trust, Celestine must travel back home and find the video so that she can confront her problems head on. In fighting for the people who look up to her for her ability to speak up, Celestine will show the world that being “Flawed” is not a bad thing, as it allows for people to get better.
"I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed FLAWED and if you have not yet read the first book of Celestine’s story, then I definitely recommend you check that out first."
As a sequel to FLAWED, PERFECT really is the perfect finish for Celestine North’s story. After skimming FLAWED again to remind myself of what last occurred, I dove into PERFECT and could not put the book down. The entire book was full of twists and turns and although we as readers learn to start expecting trouble wherever Celestine goes, it’s still exciting to read about the adventures she takes to get out of trouble. Paired with Cecelia Ahern’s ability to write things in great detail, the roadblocks created for the story work very well in also helping Ahern move the plot forward in an interesting manner. I also really liked the way Ahern had Celestine deal with her personal issues, particularly the boy ones, although I feel as though Celestine’s relationship with Carrick was a bit abrupt even if she felt attracted to him when they were in jail together.
Another thing that I felt could have been improved upon is the author giving more explanation for problems as they arise. When two characters are at a conflict with one another I feel as though by explaining the character’s decision really helps their relationship grow stronger and thus make the story a better one.
However, overall I felt like this book was very well written, even more so than FLAWED, and I absolutely loved the way Cecelia Ahern wrapped everything up in this book. I felt like it was very fitting for Celestine’s story and that it was a very lovely ending which can be a bit difficult for me to find nowadays so I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire novel.
In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed FLAWED and if you have not yet read the first book of Celestine’s story, then I definitely recommend you check that out first. If you’re a fan of dystopian novels that question the morality of society and how we view certain things, then neither FLAWED nor PERFECT will disappoint.
Reviewed by Alyssa L., Teen Board Member on April 17, 2017