Thanks to NetGalley and Feiwel a& Friends for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Synopsis: Celestine Norht 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 Carrick–the only person she can trust.
But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.
Judge revan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people.
And most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?
Perfect is the sequel to last year’s Flawed and while it could probably be read as a standalone, I think you’d enjoy it more if you read the previous book before diving into this one. In Flawed, the reader is introduced to an alternate world that is set slightly in the future. This particular “utopian” society is one that is run by the Guild who has put into place these draconian rules to supposedly weed out any type of corruption. If you lie, cheat, steal, etc. you are deemed Flawed and are branded accordingly. In addition, you are now an outcast, and subjected to even more rules. Celestine makes the mistake of helping an elderly Flawed man on a bus, which results in her being branded. As Flawed ends, she is on the run from the Guild, its law enforcement known as Whistleblowers, and her ex-boyfriend’s father, Bosco Crevan, (a real nasty piece of work) who is one of the three judges who head up the Guild. Perfect picks up shortly after the end of Flawed with Celestine hiding out at her grandfather’s farm. She’s gone from a rather spoiled and pampered girl to the somewhat unwilling leader of a resistant movement. In some ways she reminded me a little of Katniss from The Hunger Games. I love how the author made her imperfect yet likable. She’s come a long way from the beginning of Flawed, yet she still makes mistakes, which is why she always makes backup plans. She’s compassionate (which is what got her into trouble in the first place), and determined to not only save herself but to bring down this cruel and abusive system and save as many of the Flawed as she can. She realizes she needs to rely on others to help her accomplish this and doesn’t try to tackle everything on her own. One of the things I loved in the first book was the close relationship Celestine had with her family, and that continues in this story. The romance between her and Carrick that was hinted at in Flawed is fully developed here, and while it may not be smooth sailing all the way for the two of them, it’s believable and realistic. There’s sort of a love triangle between Celestine, her ex, Art and Carrick but it never developed into anything too annoying, mainly because Art really wasn’t in the picture all that much. The story itself, like its predecessor is exciting and fast-paced. I read each of these books in one sitting because I literally couldn’t tear myself away! Flawed and Perfect made such a wonderful duology, that I actually wish there was going to be one more book even though the ending wrapped up everything perfectly. There are a few brutal scenes in both books, so I’d recommend this for readers 14 and up. Otherwise I really can’t recommend these two books enough!