Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
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.
Flawed caught my attention, in the fact that everyone had to be perfect. The story is centered around a teenage girl named Celestine. She lives in a world that you have to be perfect, you can never make a mistake or anything. When you make a mistake in this world, you have to go in front of a court and they decide whether or not you are guilty if you are found guilty you are branded on a part of your body. You can be branded on your temple, chest, hand, the heel of your foot, tongue, and spine.
They call this system, The Guild. The Guild is not the law, though, you still have the government and police officers. The Guild is Just a system they developed after their government collapsed, because all their elected officials made awful decisions and caused so much damage, they created the guild. Celestine is perfect, She’s always done everything right, except helping the old man on the bus. The Old man is flawed, he has a brand on his temple.
Celestine helps him into his seat because he was sick and coughing, he needed help. Celestine ends up getting branded for helping a sick old man to a seat. She ends up being told to lie in court, so she must be flawed and tell a lie to be deemed not flawed. Celestine ends up telling the truth in court and gets 5 brands, except the judge is so angry with her for telling the truth, he gives her a 6th brand. The 6th brand is not on the record and can get the judge in big trouble if Celestine can save her skin and find the video, She and she only can bring the whole system to an end.