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

Published December 19, 2013 by katheryn13

On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close can lead to madness, like her older brother Len, a Jumper. She takes solace in her best friend Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry. When she investigates the first murder in a generation, she meets Judas. The suspect was betrothed to the victim, but Morgan believes he is innocent. Nothing can prepare Morgan for the secrets she will find – or whom she will lose.


Wow, Lauren DeStefano has done it again. Another fantastic read, admirable characters, beautiful prose and a world completely and utterly original. (well, for me.)

I can’t get over how this book blew me away and that’s no pun. Or maybe it is. Hmm.

Perfect Ruin is one of those stories that’ll make you think “why didn’t I think of that?” because that idea of a…island? Country? In the sky, is just…unthinkable.  I mean, planets, yes. But one that’s still in the earths atmosphere? No.

So this was something new, something different and I was sucked IN. In the city of Internment, Morgan Stockhour is a daydreamer and someone who doesn’t comply to rules. Or so it would seem. Her brother, Lex was a jumper. This left him blind and therefore unable to see the way their world is changing. Especially when a murder happens. The first in many years. It’s so unheard of that some people start questioning the safety of Internment and whether it’s becoming corrupt.

Morgan is one of those people, and she begins to wonder what is beyond Internment. The Ground is fascinating to her, and she isn’t content with what she has. She is warned from thinking about it. It’s classified as treason, after all. Not knowing who she can trust, Morgan feels trapped.

In this world, everyone is partnered with a betrothed from before they’re born, everything runs on a schedule, and anyone caught straying from the path is classed as “Irrational”. I personally loved Basil, Morgan’s betrothed, but I also had a soft spot for Judas.

When tragedy strikes, Morgan soon realises there is a hidden rebellion beneath the world she knows and it rocks her. Eager to join in the plans, she goes on a journey that may or may not kill her.

I am stupidly excited  to read the sequel. The ending to this left me high and dry and holding my breath. I mean…I was biting my nails with anxiety throughout most of the book. Lauren really has a gift for telling a story. One thing I must say is I’m glad there isn’t as much “fancy prose” as there was with the Chemical Garden series. But that’s just a personal preference.)

Great job!


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