Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: October 1, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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.
The first aspect of this novel I loved is the world building. DeStefano has created an intricate place called Internment, a world hidden in the sky. From the moment we open the book, we want to know everything about it—and everything about what’s below and above their small place. We learn everything from huge prospects of the place to tiny little details, and we come to love it. I’ve never seen so much world building covered in the first book, but DeStefano did an excellent job.
I also really enjoyed the characters in this novel. They felt like real people, all with varying personality traits but some similar. The relationships were excellently portrayed, too. Despite their hardships, I really found myself loving Lex and Alice’s relationship. Morgan has a good friendship with Pen, her best friend, but also had a good relationship with her betrothed, Basil. I have to say that though I love Basil, Pen is probably my favorite character.
The plot was smooth and even-paced. I was always interested in what was going on, and each plot point was exciting in its own way. Something that bothers me in other novels is when the characters have unrealistic reactions to main events in the story, but they all seemed realistic in Perfect Ruin.
Lauren DeStefano’s writing is dreamlike and beautiful. It was the same gorgeous writing from the Wither trilogy, but even better.
The only problem I had with this book is that I had trouble remembering Morgan was a teenager. At least for the first half of the novel, her voice sounded young and naïve. It bothered me for a while, but eventually it got better. That’s the only reason I took off half of a star.
But overall, I loved Perfect Ruin and I can’t wait for the sequel.