Review | Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano

Review | Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefanoPerfect Ruin
by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Internment Chronicles #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date : October 1st, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Purchased | Format: Hardcover
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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.

Also by this author: The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart

Perfect Ruin has such an interesting premise. I mean, a floating city? H-Yes. BRING IT ON. Sadly, what I was hoping to be an amazing story turned out to be sub-par.

Perfect Ruin has all the standard elements that any other dystopian out there has; oppressive government, heroine that questions WHAT IS LIFE and secrets beyond secrets beyond secrets. This isn’t to say that it’s BAD; on the contrary, it’s actually a pretty decent book, with the detailed writing and especially the setting. But I was hoping for more. (Greedy? Maybe)

Morgan was especially hard to relate to, or connect with. In a word, she is bland. I was waiting for majority of the book for her to be fleshed out; to show how amazing she really is behind all that naivety but it never happened. Actually, none of the characters were…

The romance also fell flat for me. It’s always difficult for me to.. enjoy a romance when the foundation is based on an arrangement. I question whether or not that person really DOES love the other, or if it’s because it has been ingrained in their brain they will spend the rest of their life with them. Basil was sweet, but his devotion was almost akin to puppy love and I just couldn’t be sold 100%. View Spoiler »

Call me morbid – but I loved learning about the inner workings and details of the government, and was my favorite aspect of the book. The rules –  the consequences, their education system and arranged marriages. Shoot – even how they control the population so this small city doesn’t get overcrowded. It’s all extremely fascinating and I couldn’t get enough.

“[…. ] Double births were banned after that. If two were to be born of the same womb, the first was allowed to live, while the second was drowned before it finished its first cry.”

I also feel that the books pacing was somewhat of an issue. For the better part of the book, there really isn’t much going on. It’s slow, with minimal action. Then the last 20% or so, things were happening and it all felt rushed.  I also didn’t have that overwhelming sense of urgency or desperation as I usually do in this genre.

Overall –

Perfect Ruin was just okay for me. There were many (small) things that I enjoyed, but the overall impact of the story didn’t pack a punch. I will be looking for the sequel, since pretty much nothing was answered/resolved and my curiously will kill me if I don’t.


Rating Report
Overall: 3.6

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7 thoughts on “Review | Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano

    1. tonyalee

      I think the romance might have worked better for others – but it’s hard for me to really “connect” with it being an arrangement. Ya know?

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