Title: Perfect Ruin
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: Internment Chronicles, #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: October 1, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Dystopia, Romance

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.

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This book definitely had its fair share of flaws, but despite all of these, I gave the book 4 stars because I enjoyed it.

I was not a fan of Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy. In fact, I only read the first book, [book:Wither|8525590], so it surprised me that I loved Perfect Ruin.

This book explored various concepts, like an island floating in the sky, some religious beliefs, and many others. While it was a sweet, romantic dystopian, this novel could also be considered a murder mystery of some sort. Am I catching your attention? Romance, dystopian concepts and mysteries all in one–sounds great, huh? Well, I wouldn’t say that DeStefano wrote the book flawlessly or smoothly–definitely not. There were a lot of bumpy, messy parts in the book, but it was an enjoyable read overall.

Morgan, while slightly unemotional and naive at times, was a respectable character overall. She had a shitload of problems but tried her best to either avoid or solve them. She was prim and proper, but nowhere near annoying as most YA main characters come off as. She was loving, sweet and she didn’t question her betrothed unlike so many other YA dystopian heroines do.

Like I said, she had a shitload of problems. One of them was her brother, Lex, being a Jumper. A Jumper is someone who has attempted to jump from the Edge of the Internment (the floating island). What I loved about the book was that each character had a significant role in the story. Usually, the main character’s siblings are just there for display. In this one, Lex played a big part of the story, as did most of the other characters.

Another thing that Perfect Ruin explored (but not really in depth) was that each of them had a betrothed (basically an arranged marriage). Although it may be considered cliche, I didn’t have a problem with it since Morgan didn’t have a problem with hit. Her betrothed, Basil, was such a sweetheart. He wasn’t a sassy jerk like most love interests in YA novels are. I seriously wish that there are more love interests like him in the future.

Now, there are still a ton of questions floating around in my head, like, How the hell can an island float in the sky?, that I hope could be answered in the future books. A lot of things were left unexplained, some issues still unsolved even as the book came to an end. I guess it’s okay, since the author’s probably trying to build up some suspense for the next in the series, but I wish that DeStefano could’ve went into more detail on the topics that revolved around the city itself.

In conclusion, Perfect Ruin had a set of interesting characters that played important roles, a unique premise with alright execution, and an adorable romance subplot.



10 thoughts on “Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

  1. Sounds really interesting Christie. The only thing that threw me was when you mentioned the mc was unemotional, I’m not sure if I’d like that. The world building sounds original though and I like what you had to say about Basil :) I’ll def keep this one in mind as one to try out.


    1. It might just be me, though. Or maybe I wasn’t used to DeStefano’s writing style. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re interested, though!


  2. I’m happy to learn that you liked this book! Although, I really liked Wither; what didn’t you like about that one?
    I just won this book in a giveaway, so hopefully I can read it really soon.
    The concept sounds so unique. A floating island in the sky? I don’t need any more information than that, haha. But the ‘Jumper’s thing sounds pretty awesome, and the arranged marriages always make things interesting.
    ‘Sassy jerk’, haha. Again, I am really glad that there is an actual decent YA love interest, and am looking forward to reading about him.
    Awesome review, Christie!


    1. I guess Rhine and the other characters just didn’t pique my interest. The plot of Wither was unique, though. It could just be me, being picky and all.
      [Dang, I’m jealous of people who win giveaways, lol!]
      I think you’ll like this one if you liked DeStefano’s previous works. Hope you enjoy, Chiara! [P.s. lol, sassy jerks suck.]


      1. Rhine was a bit weird, but I just loved how unique the story is; like you said. I didn’t really ship Rhine and Gabriel, though. I preferred Linden, even with the polygamy and stuff, haha.
        I actually have an awesome winning streak with giveaways at the moment! I had never won anything in my life before I start blogging. So it’s making up for lost time!
        I think I will, too. And I hope I like it! :)
        Yes, they surely do, haha.


  3. Lauren DeStefano’s other series didn’t interest me much either. But you’re better than me though–at least you read the first book :P I definitely want to give this a try though! Nice review!!


  4. i have much of the same thoughts on this book. I actually loved the romance . Even though it was arranged they were given their entire childhood to fall in love and it seemed like it worked well in this society. great review. love your blog. following with bloglovin.


  5. I’m so glad to read another positive review of this. I keep reading very negative reviews, but I still think it sounds like a book I would enjoy, if only for the unique atmosphere and what sounds like a sweet, uncomplicated relationship. Really great review, taking into account its flaws but also emphasizing what you enjoyed. Thanks Christie!!


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