Review | Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Nobody’s perfect. 4/5 stars.

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Thank you to HarperCollins UK and NetGalley for giving me an e-copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The blurb: 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 in which 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 this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

My take:

If a frail stranger needed urgent medical attention, would you help them? Of course you would. Now, what if helping this stranger would get you into lots of trouble, would you still help them? You’d probably like to think you would anyway, right? But what if helping the stranger meant you and your family got into a lot of trouble? What would you do then?

These are the kinds of dilemmas raised in Flawed which, like all the best dystopian fiction, encourages its readers to ponder difficult questions. It also touches on interesting issues such as trial by media and the often slippery distinction between legality and morality.

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Review | Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

A grim and frightening vision executed without pity. 4/5 stars.

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill book cover

The blurb: In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known…

My take:

Have you ever finished a book and felt dazed? Unsure of whether you just read it or if it hit you across the face? Well that was my experiencing upon reaching the final page of Only Ever Yours.

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Review | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One book coverAn interesting premise and good world-building let down by a lack of non-virtual stakes. Ready Player One recovers somewhat in Part Three, but too late to get it more than 3/5 from me.

The blurb: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My take:

Ever wanted to spend hours watching other people playing computer games? No? Well that’s what you’re in for during several parts of this book. You’ve been warned.

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Review | The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner

The Death Cure by James Dashner book coverA series of chaotic incidents rather than a strong conclusion. A disappointing end to a promising series.

What it’s about:

They’ve escaped the Maze and made it across the Scorch. Now will the survivors get their memories back and help WICKED save mankind from a lethal pandemic?

If you’d like some more background, read my reviews of The Maze Runner (Book 1) and The Scorch Trials (Book 2).

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Review | The Maze Runner by James Dashner

While it failed to build emotional connections between this reader and its characters, The Maze Runner is an entertaining, quick read which is fine for whiling away a few hours.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner book coverWhat it’s about:

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas can remember is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade, an encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible maze.

Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know who or how they came to be there, or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out.

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Review | Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth book coverEvery bit as good as the first volume of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, Insurgent is another entertaining read.

(In case you don’t know what the series is about – please see the official blurb at the bottom of this review… and here’s my previous review of Divergent)

My take:

One of the things I liked immediately about Insurgent was that the story picks up exactly where Divergent left off and gets on with it. There’s no dithering about to remind us what happened in the last book. Instead we are dropped back into the action as the characters have to deal with the fall out from the devastating events at the end of Divergent.

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