You will be punished…
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.
Any fan of Orwell or Hemingway will tell you that the best dystopian is the one that scares the pants off of you. Not really just with paragraphs of violence--police or other wise--but with how close to the truth and the current times the author gets. The best dystopian is the one that makes you want to hide under covers and watch Disney movies when you think "well, about how many years are we from doing this as a society?"
At least that's my view. If you agree, this is the book for you. Yes, it has the strong female character and intriguing love interest that takes up some but not all of said heroine's time. Yes, it has action and family drama and a younger sibling relationship. It has all the mixings of your Standard Great Novel.
But what sets it apart is the answer to that one question: Given the right circumstances, how far is our current civilization from turning into this? I'd wager a couple decades. And that scares the bejeebus out of me.
Scared or not, I'll be looking out for the next one. Thank you NetGalley for putting this on my radar.