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- Publisher: HarperVoyager (3 October 2013)
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- Language: English
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Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, Book 1) Kindle Edition
About the Author
Lauren DeStefano is the author of The Internment Chronicles and The Chemical Garden trilogy, which includes Wither, Fever, and Sever. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. Visit her at LaurenDeStefano.com.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for The Chemical Garden series:
A 'harrowing debut … DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters… It will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops [the larger world] as this promising trilogy progresses' Publisher's Weekly starred review
'Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing – exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read' Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH
'[A] thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale with a touch of Big Love … Rhine's fight for freedom against the clock-and the dissecting table-will leave readers eager for the sequel. Give this one to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy or Ally Condie's Matched' Kirkus--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Firstly, I must say that the setting is really wonderful, it's so clever how the people of Internment use different words to we do when it comes to objects and I found the religious element to be quite interesting but I wish there was more depth to that aspect.
The writing style in this novel felt poetic at times and was a joy to read through. This book's ending was also good and I can't wait for the sequel!
My only problem is that I felt that some of the characters lacked depth but hopefully they get more development in the next instalment.
I'd definitely recommend this book to all fans of dystopian and/or young adult fiction.
Lauren DeStefano has a way with words. I was immediately swept up into this new world, and new characters. I always thought the language of her Chemical Garden series was lovely, but this was even better. There were several instances where I actually teared up just from how beautiful her writing was; how perfect a sentence or paragraph was.
I tried to read it slow, to savor the story, but I fell into a "one more chapter...okay, really one more chapter..." vicious cycle. I didn't want it to end. I got to the last sentence and turned the page wishing Book 2 was suddenly there.
Morgan is a wonderful main character. I love her thoughts. And though everyone seems to love Pen the most (which I do like her, don't get me wrong), it's Lex who interests me the most. Basil seems too perfect, but I think it's merely because we see him through Morgan's eyes, and she sees him as perfect and strong and always there for her. Judas and Amy are fascinating characters as well. They both interest me in different ways.
The setup of using Daphne's essay at the beginning of each chapter was very well done, and each snippet was perfect.
Have I said that I loved this yet? LOVE!
Lauren has slayed me yet again with her gorgeous writing.
I don’t read dystopian YA, at all, it’s simply not my thing and I haven’t really encountered anything gripping that could pull me into this genre despite the hype. So, I’m a little confused why I took on this book, but there must have been something that persuaded me in deciding to give it a try – it may have been the promised sweet fiancé from birth boy thing – a really random reason, but there you go.
All in all, I can say that I didn’t like the book, it was different, intriguing and seemed quite original (with the setting), but since I don’t have a solid comparison baggage then I can’t really say where it stood in a more wider position. The background to the ongoings and world building was excellent. There was a lot of information provided, but it wasn’t too technical, boring or overwhelming. I knew all that I needed to know to understand this world (or as much as I needed to that point) and to believe all the circumstances, issues and character behavior.
I also thought the being paired from birth idea really worked for me in this and that mostly due to observing the couples in the forefront of the story. I really liked how they were so in tune with each other, exactly what the other needed and it didn’t seem forced, at all. I usually read books where such connections and romance is in the beginner phase and being established so it was interesting to read something where the groundwork and a sense of familiarity/stability was already present. Otherwise, while a vital part of all characters through their intendeds, the romance aspect of the story was quite subtle, basic and secondary. Since I personally prefer more spark in romance (Pen and Thomas were more to my liking – but they aren’t the main couple), then it wasn’t entirely something I was 100% satisfied with, but let’s see where it leads in the upcoming books. I’m hopeful.
The first half or so of the book was somewhat slow and nothing much happened – things obviously did occur, but there weren’t enough answers or fast developments to keep the tension high and me on the edge of the seat. The small details and questions did make me extremely curious on what would come about and what was really going on behind the scenes, but it still needed effort to get through the first half. The second part, however, suddenly went on full force, especially after that incident where everything changed for Morgan and we were finally given answers – at least regarding one aspect of the mystery.
The cliffhanger in the end left me frustrated, but more on the positive side, making me anticipate the next book and the possible developments there.
Even though it was a quite character driven/centered story, meaning that Morgan was pretty much the center with her thoughts, views and being, I felt her and others remaining quite distant from me as a reader. Not that they were bland or lacking, but I simply couldn’t identify with them at all – they had their heads too high in the clouds. The characters that felt real were Pen, Alice and Judas – they were also my favorite characters.
An intriguing book and I’m most definitely taking on the second one, even though, despite me enjoying this, I still don’t get the hype and popularity of dystopian YA and I still, generally, don’t like the genre. So no, it didn’t manage to convert me to dystopian lover, but at the same time neither did The Hunger Games (Am I the only one who doesn’t like the series? Not that it’s badly written or boring – I just don’t like the plot!).
It is interesting that there is another common element between the two series and that is the idea of arranged marriage. In her other series, marriage was bought and paid for and was in the polygamous way with the intent to repopulate the dying human world. In Perfect Ruin, it is about the creation of an almost utopian world, creating matches based not on love but on compatibility. But as it happens in many utopian societies, not everything is as perfect as it may seem.
The characters in this book are all very different. One of my favorites was Amy, the younger sister of a murdered girl. Although she was not a main character, I loved her strong, independent, somewhat rebellious personality. The main character, Morgan, was a restless spirit and I could identify with her. She tended to question things that perhaps she shouldn't have in her world, preferring to think for herself. But that got her into trouble, too.
There is a lot of mystery and intrigue in this book, a lot of questions. There are times when it had a bit of a "conspiracy theory" feeling to it, but not in a crazy, unbelievable way. Instead, it added to the suspense and anticipation of it all. There is definitely a cliffhanger at the end, but it wasn't the usual "life or death" kind, but the kind that leaves you wondering what is going to happen next!
Things to love about Perfect Ruin...
--The mythology of the world. It is a dystopian/utopian blend, with a fascinating premise.
--The suspense and anticipation. I loved the twists and turns and the way things changed on the drop of a dime.
My recommendation: Fantastic start to a great new series. Fans of The Chemical Gardens will love this book, too!
Morgan lives on Internment, the floating city in the sky. Everyone there is told to stay away from the edge and to be the best citizens they can be. It's not enough for Morgan though. She wonders what the ground is like and what else there is to the world. She's not content with what she's told; she wants to know more. Her family has a black cloud hanging over their heads because Morgan's brother Lex is what's called a jumper. He tried to go off the edge. When he failed, he not only changed his life, but the lives of his entire family.
I liked Morgan. She's a very relatable girl, with thoughts and dreams that any teen would have. She has a betrothed, a best friend, and a family. She's smart and pretty. She seems to have everything someone on Internment would want, but she knows there's more to the world and she can't help my daydream about it. She's brave and levelheaded, wanting to do what's best for the group, although she does have her moments when she doesn't think things all the way through.
I'm interested in seeing how DeStefano handles the romance side of things. I can see it going a couple ways and I know which one I would like to see. I'm going to place my trust in her, though, and hope she does what her characters need. I am loving Basil, though. He's there for Morgan and believes in her when she stops believing in herself. He seems to truly care for her because he wants to, not because he was told to.
It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here. This is a concept I haven't read in quite this way before. Yes, the idea of an isolated society existing without contact from the outside world is an idea that has been written before, but not in quite this way. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, but not so much of one that I wanted to throw my book against the wall. It leaves an amazing setup for the next novel.
Perfect Ruin is a fantastic beginning to another DeStefano series. The world she has created is amazing and I'm already invested in what happens to her characters. I'm anxiously awaiting the release of Burning Kingdoms.
I'm always on the lookout for unique story lines, especially in the dystopian genre. I love reading about new worlds that authors have created, so of course I gravitated right to Perfect Ruin. I was not the biggest fan of Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden trilogy, but I really, really enjoyed this first installment in the Internment Chronicles.
1. Internment is a huge chunk of Earth that has been RIPPED out of the ground and placed in the sky by the Sky God. Because the island is so small, people have to apply to have babies, and are exterminated when they reach a specific age in order to keep the population under control. Babies are betrothed before they are born. There's a strong wind just off the edge of the island that keeps people from jumping off. People who venture there anyway go insane, and are labeled as Jumpers who have to go to therapy and take medication. Morgan's brother, Lex, is a Jumper. Thus, the entire family is watched for signs of rebellion. If that's not a crazy unique and exciting sounding story, I'm not sure what is.
2. Even crazier, people are turning up dead on this happy little island in the sky. The first one is a girl who was murdered and left on the train tracks. The entire population is now in this constant state of paranoia, not to mention they are under even more surveillance by their oppressive king. Everyone knows everything, but only a couple people know the truth.
3. I really love this cast of characters. Morgan is not content with her small life. She knows the world has more to offer her than the rock she's living on. She begins questioning everything especially after she comes across Judas, the boy who has been accused of murdering the girl on the train tracks (his betrothed), and is convinced he's innocent. She also comes upon the mysterious sister of the murdered girl, and begins to learn things that make her question her life even more. She confides in her brother and tries to convince herself that she will not end up a Jumper like he is. She also holds on tight to her betrothed, Basil, who is so caring and understanding with her. We also meet Morgan's best friend, Pen, who is outwardly reluctant to be with her betrothed, but secretly adores him. All these characters are strong, dynamic, and unique.
4. I loved learning about the inner workings of this city. There are so many laws and cultural elements. I can't wait to read more about these people.
5. There are some really amazing twists and events that had my jaw dropping. The story is go, go, go, and I did not want to put it down. And the cliffhanger!!!!!!!!!! Oh man. I can't even handle it.
6. Lauren's writing and worldbuilding skills have improved so much! I was completely invested in this story and these characters. I loved her descriptions and her writing style.
7. As is typical with the first book in a trilogy, Perfect Ruin brought up a lot of questions. There is so much going on here, with so many layers of secrets that I'm still not sure I know what's going on. I actually really loved that. I'm usually a control freak when it comes to books. I want to know everything all at once. With Perfect Ruin, I was left in the dark a lot. It's perfect for the story, though. I felt just like the characters did, I learned with them, and I really could picture myself living in their world.
I feel like this review is really unorganized and pointless, but there's so much I just don't want to say for fear of spoiling things! I went into Perfect Ruin knowing only two things: it's about an island in the sky, and there's murder going on. That was it. And I think because I knew so little, I loved it so much more. Bottom line, I'm a new fan of Lauren DeStefano. She has created an amazing story that had me gasping for air and wishing for more. I can't believe I have to wait a million years to find out what happens next! Definitely read this book.
In the short I LOVED IT! I read it in a day and I so want to read more!! I hope to get an ARC of book two way sooner than a year from now! But, at least I have other stories to keep my company until then.
I love how much time Destefano took in creating this new world that hangs in the sky. It didnt bog down the story and it really made you think about what the characters are going through. I would be one on the ship no doubt! I have always wanted to travel the world. I loved all the characters especially Basil whose love is unyielding even after all the world goes to crap!
I think it would be interesting to know when you were going to die like they do in this story. That you are born you are married off and you know who you are going to be married to at a young age. Then you do what you can for your trade and then you are basically killed off. All in around 80 years or so.
It would also be interesting to know who you are going to marry. With them being in 10th grade they already know. It would be neat to form ties that young. I think in some cases it would form bonding relationships. The only sucky thing is if your betrothed dies then you are stuck being along FOREVER and well thats just not cool. That I couldnt live with at all.
Ok so this one is a big giantic 5 stars for me! Now to hunt down a finished signed copy!
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."\
It isn't really clear how or why this hunk of earth ended up in the sky. It's called Internment, and it's big enough to have a park, industry, agriculture, schools, and shops. People are in each other's business because there's no spreading out. There are shuttle tracks that run around the edge of the island, and no one is allowed on the other side of the tracks. At the edge, there are horrible winds. But some people can't stand not knowing what is on the ground under them -- with all that space -- and they attempt to jump. Like Morgan's brother did. He survived, but he'll never be the same.
That doesn't keep Morgan from wondering about the edge. She thinks there's something wrong with herself because she can't stop thinking about what's on the ground. Infants are betrothed at birth, or before. The government restricts births; they must keep the population from growing. Morgan has an interesting betrothed, Basil, and best friend, Pen. But she's afraid for them to find out that she's obsessed with the ground. All of the characters are well-developed and we really get to know them.
A murder on Internment and then a fire changes everything. Suddenly Morgan is frightened -- she doesn't feel safe. Even when her own father is a patrolman whose job it is to keep everyone safe. Society's beliefs are strange -- but the politics and this unique world make these ideas believable. Turns out that there are a lot of things on Internment that Morgan is unaware of. But she's going to find out.
It's easy to become absorbed in this world. The characters are unique, and their differing philosophies make for interesting discussions. They all have secrets, and of course many of these secrets are going to come out.
I didn't get much tension from the ending. I always felt that everything was going to be OK. But, Perfect Ruin ends on a pretty big cliffhanger, and I will be highly anticipating the next book in the Internment Chronicles series (something like October of 2014!!).