Friday, 18 October 2013

Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Perfect Ruin
Author: Lauren DeStefano
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Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Internment Chronicles #1
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 3rd October 2013

Tell Me About It
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy: On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream. Unless you approach the edge.

Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city in the clouds where she lives, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. If she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in her best friend, Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry.

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, he is the boy 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.
My Thoughts
I loved Lauren's Chemical Garden Series, so I was super excited to see Perfect Ruin picked up by a UK publisher, and to also receive a copy for review. The minute I received my copy I could not wait to make a start on Perfect Ruin  and I had no hesitation at all. Once again Lauren has drew me into a world she has created and I did not want to come up for air.

Life on Internment has to follow a certain path, people are betrothed at a young age, and when old enough, are then married.  They have to join a Queue for babies and then they have to wait for their time.  When the people reach a certain age they are cremated and their ashes sent to float around Internment.  Morgan, the protagonist of Perfect Ruin, lives with her parents, and her brother lives above them.  She is happy with her betrothed, Basil and with her friends Pen and Thomas always there, they go about there days as usual, until a girl is found murdered on the train line. From that point onwards things are not the same on Internment, and Morgan begins to doubt and question this way of life. She is also drawn towards the edge, like her brother was, and each day is a battle to fight this desire and carry on like normal.

When I began reading Perfect Ruin I was instantly drawn into the world, and I liked the whole idea of this land floating in the sky above earth, reading how they try to guess what is happening on earth and guessing what is going on, using their limited knowledge of earth itself to try to talk about things like snow. The characters that Lauren has created are likeable and believable and I quickly found myself becoming emotionally invested in their outcome. While Internment may be a floating rock the world that they live in takes hints from our own, which not only makes the world believable. but also makes it feel just out of reach, something that is unattainable for us.

Perfect Ruin was an addictive read, and I read it on just a few hours. I did not want to put it down and I even managed to perfect the art of taking medicine whilst reading without spilling a drop. The ending of the book left us with a cliff hanger that makes me want to find out what happened next, the wait for book two is going to be long and torturous.

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