Thursday, November 14, 2013

Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano

Series: The Internment Chronicles
Genera: Dystopian Sci-fi/Romance/Fantasy
Subjects: utopias, murder, mystery, love
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 355 pgs.
HC/PB: Hardcover
List Price: $17.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review: This was a very unique book. It felt more like a dystopian fantasy than a hard-core dystopian sci-fi. It reminded me of Crewel by Gennifer Albin. But a city actually floating in the sky? How is that possible? Maybe they have anti-gravity or something. They never explain it in this book, but it seems that it’s been in the sky for centuries, maybe. It’s a little confusing.
The story itself is written in a lyrical way. The characters are unique. Morgan is the main character. She has straight dark hair, blue eyes and she’s a bit of a daydreamer, but she’s not a stereotypical heroine. She wants to go to the ground, away from Interment. Her brother tried jumping off Internment and he’s now blind. I don’t know how he went blind. Maybe from the sun? He doesn’t treat his blindness like a weakness. He does however use the darkness as an escape. Pen is Morgan best friend. She has curly blonde hair and love to draw and color things. She’s an artist and has a mother who’s addicted to tonic. Basil is Morgan’s betrothed. He’s kind and gentle and very supportive of Morgan’s wishes and beliefs. He never discourages her. There thankfully wasn’t a love triangle. Basil is a sweet guy. So what if it was an arranged engagement?  
I really enjoyed the world building. The city seems unique. A mix of technology and older stuff. I also liked that she used made-up words to describe real thing. She called bees “bramble flies” and alcohol “tonic”. There was the whole mythology of the sky gods and Tributary. I also liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. It was also interesting how this utopia has rarely had a murder happen. Suddenly a girl is murdered and her betrothed is accused. Poor Judas. We never find out who actually did it.
Overall the book was pretty good. I enjoyed it and some of the antics between Pen and Morgan. They’re such great friends. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I recommend this series to fans of Matched by Ally Condie, Crewel by Gennifer Albin, Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, The Selection by Kiera Cass and Eve by Anna Carey.

Cover Art Review: I love this cover so much. The illustrations are amazing and detailed. The make me think of the drawings someone in my graphic design classes did. They also look steam-punk in a way, but this book isn’t steam punk. The photo of the girl is nice, but the main character doesn’t have curly hair. I also love the typography. Very pretty.

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