Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 2013
Summary: 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.
Notes/Comments: The premise is interesting. I’m sure many folks will enjoy this one. I did like the book though the main character, Morgan’s, voice seems too passive for me and this is due the writing style – which muses about things a lot. The pacing of the story is slow but the tension is gradually and almost leisurely built. The end it spikes abruptly in interesting factor – though it may be too much, too soon – it did pull me in but ends in a cliff hanger. I liked the crazy, psycho, and insane princess the most. Her personality was one that stood out among all the other seemingly passive characters.
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Why the recommendation: In Destefano’s book, the characters are betrothed to one another, predetermined by the government. Much like in Condie’s Matched, where a person’s marriage is determined also by the government. Though Condie’s book has a higher focus on this aspect and thus focused more on the romance.
Why the recommendation: The setting and the history of it’s setting. Internment is in the sky. In Inferior, a girl falls from the sky, revealing there is more to the world than the main character thought.