Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1)
by Lauren DeStefano
Publish Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA/Science Fiction/Dystopia/Romance
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
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.
So, I don’t know why this has taken me so long to write. Literally, I think it has been over a week. I don’t know why it has-I loved the story; I thought it was well written, the main characters were intriguing (though I would have loved a little more information about the jumpers), and the plot had this dark undercurrent, something of Lauren DeStefano’s that I love. Saying all that however, I have not been sure what to write. I enjoyed it, but was it my favorite of hers? Probably not. I loved her Chemical Gardens trilogy a lot, so I would have to say I preferred that one over Perfect Ruin.
What I loved:
I loved DeStefano’s characterization. Her main characters are so interesting, messed up, and real, that on some level you feel like you can connect with them. Morgan, the main character/narrator of the story, I found fascinating simply in her acceptance of her society’s time honored tradition of arranged marriages, arranged euthansias (something the society did when a person was no longer useful to society), and arranged births (if you became pregnant before you were selected, you forced to have an abortion). It was disturbing to think about how easily she accepted both, though she did love her intended, so that I found easier to accept.
I also loved Basil (my book boyfriend!), her intended. He was so caring, understanding, and supportive of her, I kind wish I had a Basil in my life. I could understand why she loved him.
I found the whole island in the sky premise to be one of my favorite parts as well. With such limited space, the higher ups had to find a way to not expand beyond what their island could hold, and the answer they came up with? Abortions, euthanasia, and arranged marriages. Topics that make many people uncomfortable, but something Lauren DeStefano handled with care (I thought).
What I didn’t like:
I thought some more detail or explanation could have been given about who the jumpers were (I mean, obviously, they tried to jump off of Internment), but I was left with many questions about that group. And also, about the rebels. There was practically no mention (unless I missed it, which is entirely possible) in the first part of the book, and all of the sudden you have this bombshell on you-which I shall not spoil for you-and I was left with more questions.
I just had many questions in this book, which I hope the second book will answer. I might have to go reread it, because I feel like I missed some vital information in there.
Would I recommend?
Definitely! If you loved her Chemical Gardens trilogy, or you love Lauren Oliver’s writing, you will love this book.