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October 09, 2013

Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date: October 1, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Dystopian/Sci-Fi)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 356
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.
Famous for her Chemical Garden trilogy, Lauren DeStefano is back again with another dystopian! First of all, let's all take a moment and admire the beauty of that cover. It's so gorgeous, and I love all the little details around the girl! I seriously think all of DeStefano's books have amazing covers! Now off to what's actually inside the book. The main protagonist, Morgan, is a 16 year old girl who is living a happy live on Internment. What is Internment you say? Internment is actually a floating island in the middle of the clouds. They say it's a peace of ground that has been removed and placed up in the skies. In Internment, every girl is betrothed to a boy. Morgan is betrothed to Basil, and her best friend Pen, is betrothed to Thomas. I like how the four of them were good friends, and it was interesting to see that the girls actually LIKED their betroths. Morgan lives with her parents, and her older brother, Lex, lives in the apartment above with his wife, Alice. Lex isn't your ordinary brother, he's a jumper, meaning that he tried to jump of the island. Jumpers are usually taboo, and Lex actually turned blind because of the incident. Lex is also a very different guy who didn't actually agree with all of what Interment has to say.
If you've read a couple of dystopian books, you can see where this is headed. It's not that it's predictable, but this is how dystopian books follow the  plot. One day, when a murder happens in Internment, the people go crazy. It isn't likely for anything bad to happen there. Everyone knows everyone, and everyone is friendly and nice to each other. Weird thing is, it doesn't stop here. More things start happening, and Morgan is freaked out. The characters in this book were lovely. Morgan was a typical 16 year old who was curious, and wanted answers. I loved her relationship with Basil, and he was such a nice guy! I did hope for more interaction with her brother because I wanted to find out more about this mysterious guy. While reading the book, I think there was a few times where I did get bored, but then I'm glad the book was able to pick up the pace again.
Overall, Perfect Ruin was a great dystopian book. You have your corrupted government, your curious character, and your amazing plot! I definitely want to see what happens next in The Internment Chronicles, so I will be looking forward to the second book. Anyone who is interested in dystopian books should really pick this one up asap!  


  1. I wasn´t planning on reading this book because of the bad reviews about her other trilogy., now is a maybe
    thanks for your review.

  2. I haven't been reading a lot of dystopians lately but this one seems really different. It's curious to see girls actually liking who they're betrothed to. That usually never happens in dystopians. Great review!

  3. A floating island, girls who like their betrothed, this book sounds like something special :D And Lauren is very lucky with all her pretty covers!

  4. I was wary of this series because I wasn't a huge fan of The Chemical Garden books but now I'm intrigued about this one!

  5. I am really curious about this, a floating island sounds interesting that for sure. Wonderful review.

  6. I haven't read too many dystopians lately. It has to be a really interesting concept for one to grab my attention, and this one seems awesome. A floating island. That seems really cool. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed this one.

    Thanks for the great review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  7. Yay! Glad you loved it too :) I loved it so much. <3 it was just perfect. Sigh. Cannot wait for book two :) Thank you for sharing your awesome review. <3

  8. Glad you loved this one! I've been having bouts of starts and stops, unfortunately. I hope it'll get better soon. Sigh.

  9. I am getting a little sick of Dystopias so I'm disappointed to read that it's a typical dystopia book and that it sometimes got boring. But I totally agree with the cover, it's so pretty! Great review :)

  10. I loved her Chemical Gardens Trilogy (the two that I've read anyway haha) and I can't wait for this one! I wonder if the same people did her covers? Probably not. She always has amazing covers. Great review :)

  11. The premise for Perfect Ruin sounds amazing and Morgan and Basil's relationship seems great. I've officially added this to my TBR for this month :) Great review!

  12. I think like a lot of other commenters I'm kind of burned out on dystopian, especially when it sounds like a typical plot.

    I haven't read one in a long time though so I think I would give it a try,