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YA Sci-Fi Dystopian | Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

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You may remember I reviewed Flawed (the first in the series by Cecelia Ahern) and not only was it a thought provoking world for me but I couldn’t put it down.  Perfect certainly met my expectations … and more.

Perfect Cecelia Ahern

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 2161 KB

Print Length: 352 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250074126

Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (6 April 2017)

Language: English


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…?

This sequel hits the ground running and doesn’t let up.  I think I read the entire story with my heart pounding (in fact I had to stop reading in bed and not just because I couldn’t stop reading but my body was ready for fight or flight!).

It’s clear that Celestine has gathered supporters she has no idea about from a scene in the beginning while hiding on the farm and when she flees with Carrick.  The beginnings of change we saw in her character in Flawed continue.  Life was happening her to her with very little control and yes, she’s still the reluctant heroine, but takes opportunities and makes them her own. She’s become a strong female lead and I loved that she still has her humanity while also a core of steel.  She doesn’t let love change her either, making her own decisions and following through.  She’s learnt a lot and is not averse to double crossing and underhand tactics when the need arises!

So many scenes stand out but one that made me feel very uncomfortable for a variety of reasons (can’t wait to see what they do with this in the movie) had a much better outcome than I predicted.  It didn’t have the effect Judge Crevan was quite hoping for …

We meet new characters in the Vigor industrial facility who of course impact on where the story leads; my questions about Carrick and the ‘witnesses’ are answered and Art plays a role I didn’t see coming.  Although she’s isolated and living in fear, Celestine’s family are up to some heroic challenges in the background which give you a sense of how everything weaves together and interconnects.  One character I detested (no, not Crevan) became a lot clearer and my feelings changed.  I love it when that happens 🙂

For me Perfect was less about the politics and more about the depths we go to for power and control.  And the mindset of those who need the control and the why.  It’s a story about community and how powerful the energy and passion generated is when that community come together.  It’s tense with a fabulous pace and hooked me in totally.

You don’t have to read Flawed to make sense of Perfect, however I think you’ll miss out on not fully experiencing the foundations of this dystopian world.

Perfect is available to purchase in Kindle and hardcover formats.  The paperback publishes in January 2018.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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