Author: Cecelia Ahern
First published March 24, 2016
324 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250074119 (ISBN10: 1250074118)
Years after their son Dillon disappeared, Harry and Robyn have returned to Dublin in hopes of starting anew. But when Harry spots a boy in a crowd who he is convinced is Dillon, their lives are thrown into disarray.
As they become consumed with finding the truth, their marriage is pushed to the brink and long-buried secrets are uncovered. The Innocent Sleep is a gripping tale of obsession, deception, and the devastating consequences of a love lost and found again.
About the Author
Cecelia Ahern, a Dublin native, has become a prolific author with her works being published in almost 50 countries. Her novels have sold over 25 million copies across the globe, and two of them have even been adapted into films.
Additionally, she has created multiple TV series.
Cecelia Ahern, the acclaimed author of P.S. I Love You, ventured into the dystopian genre with her gripping novel, Flawed. Set in a world where perfection is an absolute must, the book explores the themes of conformity, self-acceptance, and redemption against a backdrop of a society that is seemingly perfect, but deeply flawed.
Flawed is a book that will undoubtedly leave readers with a lot to think about. The protagonist, Celestine North, is a beautiful and intelligent teenager who lives in Guildford, a place where perfection is the norm, and any deviation from it is considered a crime.
Celestine’s world is turned upside down when she decides to help a Flawed man who has collapsed in the street. In doing so, she violates the rules and becomes an outcast.
Celestine is forced to run away, and her world soon becomes a nightmare. She finds herself surrounded by people who are regarded as the dregs of society, and she begins to question everything she ever thought was right.
Ahern did an excellent job of creating a complex, dystopian world that is eerily relatable to our current reality. The author’s writing style is easy to follow, and the pacing is perfect.
The characters are well-developed, and the reader gets to know them intimately, making it easy for readers to become emotionally invested. The villain of the story, Judge Bosco Crevan, is an excellent representation of how unchecked power can corrupt even the most intelligent and seemingly benevolent leaders.
The novel also touches on timely social issues, such as cancel culture and the dangers of allowing society to dictate the rules of who is valued and who isn’t. In a world where people are punished for being flawed, Ahern makes a compelling case for the importance of accepting ourselves and others as we are.
While Flawed is an excellent book, it is not without its flaws. Ahern’s world-building is at times vague, which may leave some readers feeling like they are missing vital details.
Her characterization is excellent, but there are moments when Celestine’s behavior feels a bit forced or unrealistic. Despite these minor flaws, Flawed is a book that is worth reading.
Its themes are relevant, and its storytelling is engaging, making it a great recommendation for anyone looking to read a thought-provoking, page-turning dystopian novel. Ahern’s writing will leave readers with a sense of hope and the belief that, ultimately, we all have the power to embrace our flaws and make a difference in the world around us.