Thursday, September 19, 2013

Perfect Ruin

Author: Lauren Destefano
Goodreads Rating: 4.25
Pages: 356
Format: Bound Manuscript from BEA13

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.

Let me start this review off by saying that I haven't reach the Chemical Garden Series, so this was my first book of DeStefano's that I read. I absolutely adored this book, it really had me pulled in from the start and had me dying to know what was going to happen next. I got really lucky getting this book because S&S only had a few of the bound manuscripts at BEA, and I asked to see on a whim if they had one and I was able to snag one.

I was so excited for this. I found the concept really amazing, the way that there was this chunk of the world that just hovered in the sky, and their seemed to have their own beliefs that explained why it was there. I'm excited to see if in future books we get to see if there is another explanation as to what really happened to the land to make it so that it exists above the sky.

I really fell in love with the characters. The way that Basil really loved Morgan, and how Penn and Morgan were true friends to one another. The connections between the character were so great, that I swooned and felt things the way they did. I was constantly rooting for them to make things work and to all stay together.

I also liked how there was this overarching bad government, but that it was slightly more subtle until things started going haywire. It made me wonder why these governments don't just exile the dissident. Its nice and all to have these scape goats, but as usual it seems to make more trouble then its worth. 

I felt that Morgan's reaction to finding out about the dead girl was a valid reaction.When someone young dies, even if they are only some one you sort of know, it affects you. It makes you wonder what experiences that you get to have they will miss. You see these thoughts going through Morgan's head as she wonders about her betrothed and her family.

I'm not really sure how much more I can gush about this book other than to say that I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on the finished copy and the next book in what is bound to be a stellar new series.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh yay!!! I just traded for a copy of this one, and I'm so glad to see that it did not disappoint!!! Thanks for the review.

    YA Sisterhood



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