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In Uncategorized,YA literature on July 9, 2016 by mrsdillemma


Imagine living in a world with all the advances in technology and knowledge we have at our fingertips yet one where all we are in the midst of a great depression, all the banks have folded, the economy is ravaged, unemployment and emigration have soared. . .  who would be to blame?

In Ahern’s future the leaders who made the wrong moral choices that lead to the downfall were blamed, they were faulty, defective, weak, they were Flawed.

With the plethora of Dystopian fiction for teens available finding one that well and truly stands out from the crowd is a blessing – Cecelia Ahern’s first foray into YA is well worth taking the time to read.

Celestine lives in a time in which the government has established a moral code which must not be broken or the consequences faced – making a morally wrong decision can lead to you being, literally, branded Flawed. So what happens when Celestine must face that decision. . .

Being such an established writer Ahern has the skill to create a thoroughly believable dystopian future, the concept is fully realized and the characters that inhabit this world are fully rounded individuals, with Celestine as our highly polished young protagonist. Being ostracized from society is a theme that resonates well with YA readers and is often explored in YA literature but the way in which Ahern achieves it in Flawed is stunning.





This Raging Light. . .

In YA literature on July 9, 2016 by mrsdillemma

raging light

Laure’s first novel is a fresh perspective on one young woman’s journey to becoming who she needs, not wants, but needs, to be. With Dad long out of the picture and now Mum pulling off a vanishing act Lucille needs to keep herself and her younger sister housed, fed and out of reach of the state – Now is not the time for her to fall in love.

Billed as a love story, This Raging Light is more a story about connections, about building relationships through adversity, about community and about responsibility and kindness.

Whilst the themes of love and loss are common in YA the issues in This Raging Light are  not always broached in YA lit – having to pay rent, buy groceries and stay in school. These unseen and unspoken problems can teach each of us a lesson or two about privilege. Whilst the issues are not pursued in depth they don’t really need to be to advance the story.

Laure creates a solid story with realistic, honest and most importantly, believable characters. Lucille doesn’t always do what is conventionally right but that is what makes her all the more authentic.

This lyrically written title is heartbreakingly hopeful and for the right teen it could be the book that gets them reading again.