Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Pulse It and Library
Synopsis (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.
Personal Thoughts: I didn’t know what to expect going into this new series by Lauren DeStefano. The cover and the plot line first grabbed my attention but once I started to read it I was hooked. This strange world on Internment is bizarre and not exactly as perfect as one wants to expect. Morgan and her best friend Pen start out their days taking the train to school with their betrothed’s, Basil and Thomas. It as a Utopian kind of place where marriages are arranged, the place where you will live and die is arranged and there are rules that can never be broken or you will be labelled irrational. Irrational’s are stigmatized and are bad for the public.
When mysterious things start to happen, Morgan does the unthinkable and starts to investigate the ‘accidents’ that keep happening around them, killing innocent people. Before she knows it, Pen is in it with her and their world is starting to seem less and less of what they thought it was.
Packed with a lot of adventure, mystery and suspence, Lauren Destefano shows us what can happen when you don’t obey. I found that the characterizations were done very well and we grew to know the main characters of the book with great detail. Basil and Morgan were my favorites, and at times Pen was a bit annoying with her ‘opposition’ to her betrothed, Thomas. There were a few unexpected twists and turns that made the book more enjoyable. 🙂
I felt that the ending fell a bit flat and was kind of anti-climatic. I think it should have been longer or something additional should have been added. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next one. I think that this series is going to be better than the previous one. The best part is that the second one is coming out in February 2014 which isn’t that long of a wait! 🙂
Rating: 4/5 Stars