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.
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.