Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published Date: Oct 1, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
Age Group: Young Adults
Series: Book #1 in The Internment Chronicles
On the floating city of Internment,you can be anything you dream – a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker… Your life is yours to embrace or to squander. There’s only one rule: you don’t approach THE EDGE. If you do, it’s already over.
Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city and her home, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. There’s too much for her on Internment: her parents, best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. Her life is ordinary and safe, even if she sometimes does wonder about the ground and why it’s forbidden.
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 once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, Judas is being blamed for the murder, 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 whom she will lose.
Perfect Ruin is a very, very intricate YA Dystopia book, probably one of the most beautiful I’ve read so far. The world-building is incredibly stunning, the characters are lovely and absolutely likeable, and the book has a fabulous plot line. Although the story-line becomes a bit of mess in the end; regardless, I still enjoy the book a lot.
Morgan is just another young girl in Internment, a floating city that was—according to its History—ripped off the Ground and placed in the sky by a “god”. She was taught to never go to the Edge, or to never have the slightest idea of wanting to go to the Ground. However, her peaceful life didn’t flow as well as she thought, when a murder was discovered, one of the things that hardly ever occur in Internment. And the place that she called home didn’t seem as safe as she thought.
I love seeing the development in Morgan’s characteristic. She’s a dreamer, and a very soft-hearted girl. She’s ignorant to many things around her, but constantly question and improve herself. She cares a great deal about others, and always strive to be the best she can be to her family and friends (and her awesome, awesome betrothed.) She is a nice and absolutely lovable character.
The idea of this book is super captivating. The writing is exquisite, and I feel myself falling in love with the book more page after page. This is one of the best examples of how young adult dystopian should be. The romance isn’t the center of the whole plot (but it’s toe-curling cute), and Morgan’s voice and the world of Internment really make Perfect Ruin special and real. I highly recommend this book for every fan of this genre.
“…Do dreams have to be confined to the same place as the dreamer?”
― Lauren DeStefano,
“Every star has been set in the sky. We mistakenly think they were put there for us.”
― Lauren DeStefano,