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


Original Title: Perfect Ruin

Year Published: 2014

Published by:  HarperVoyager

Number of Pages: 356

First Sentence: N/A (because I don’t have the book at hand :/)

Goodreads Rating: 4/5


In the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you get too close to the edge.

It is forbidden to think about the world beyond the edge, and too much curiosity leads only to disaster. The loss of her older brother taught Morgan that lesson: he jumped and fell.

With the support of her fiancé and close friends, Morgan resumes as normal a life as possible as she struggles to accept her brother’s decision. Until the incredible happens and the opportunity to investigate the city’s deepest secrets becomes impossible for her to resist.

Nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will learn – or whom she well lose.

My thoughts:

This was a really enjoyable book. It has been on my shelf for years (no, literally years) and I finally picked it up to read. I am really glad I did because it was exactly what I needed at the time. Around the end of last year and the start of this year I was in a horrible and continuous reading slump. Every single book took me ages to read although I’m usually a fast reader. This was the book that finally got me out of it. Yes, it took me some time to get into it, mostly because of the slump, but as soon as I did the pages seemed to fly by. It was such a good read and I’m glad for several reasons that I chose to read it when I did.

Our main character, Morgan, was super lovely and I really liked her. She was badass when she needed to be as well as curious about the world, but also being insecure and obviously shaped by the environment she had grown up in. Being sheltered your entire life and living with strict rules will shape the way you act and think, and I loved the balance the author managed between this learned behavour and the curious minds that we humans are born with.

The plot was super interesting and although I can imagine that it isn’t a super original idea, most of it felt original to me. Elevated human beings living in a floating city, sheltered from the world below. It was really fun to read and the addition of a murder made the plot so much more interesting. I will say that some of the blurb above is faulty which had me confused when I first read the book. Morgan’s brother is not dead, he has just suffered a severe trauma. This made the book different from what I thought it would be when I read the blurb. Different, but almost better than I had imagined.

Do I recommend it? 


Yes, I do.


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