Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Internment Chronicles #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on October 1st, 2013
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On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan’s older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.
Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.
With an eclectic mix of old-fashioned ideals and modern technological advances, Perfect Ruin took a while for me to become comfortable with it. Once I got over the strange juxtaposition of the old with the new, and Perfect Ruin found its stride, I couldn’t put it down! While there were some world-building hiccups, and the protagonist wasn’t the most intelligent of narrators, I found myself slowly growing to love the world of Internment. With a rather sizeable and surprising twist, leaving the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers in its wake, and DeStefano’s flowery prose, I can definitely say that Perfect Ruin was well worth the read! [Read more…]