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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano

From Goodreads
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.
While reading the summary for Internment one might find themselves a little confused. What do these terms mean? What do you mean they're on a floating island in the clouds? Ummmm. That is also how I felt while reading the first few chapters of the book. I was slightly distracted and slightly confused which didn't encourage me to pick up the book while on the bus in favour of my earphones. However, that's what I did. And soon enough I was completely into the story and loving ever second of it.

Being completely honest, I didn't really feel like reading a YA dystopian novel, but something about Perfect Ruin pushed me to do so. I really loved the characters, the plot, and the book as a whole. It was fast paced, and fortunately, not showy or exaggerated like many of the YA dystopians today. It was smart and mature. BUT I did get increasingly annoyed about the possible love triangle that might be forming, because I find it so unnecessary at this point in the story.  Although I haven't had a chance to read the final book in the Chemical Garden trilogy, I know that DeStefano can write a good dystopian. That's for sure. And she did a great job with Perfect Ruin.

 As a reader, I  would have preferred that this were not a trilogy. I think it would have been much more fulfilling to  simply write a novella about this and conclude it.  But of course I don't know what DeStefano has planned for the series and I can only hope it keeps getting better, I am certain that it will be an epic series.  The conclusion to the first book definitely left me wanting more, it was the cliff hangers of cliff hangers, and I will definitely pick up a copy of the sequel.

You'll want to read this one, you'll be left in the clouds.


  1. Love the cover, but it sounds like it maybe suffers from some of the same problems as WITHER. And while we love Lauren DeStefano on Twitter (omg she's so funny) we're just not into the love triangle dystopian thing lately.

    1. Its very mild as of now, I think its more of a build of tension? But who knows, it may never actually happen (fingers crossed!). I do think its worth a read though!

      Thanks for commenting :)


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