Perfect Ruin

Author: Lauren DeStefano 
Pages: 368 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Format: Paperback (ARC) 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. 

My Summary: Sometimes perfection is not all that it appears to be.

Morgan is a resident of Internment - a floating island in the sky, separated from Earth. At first glance, Morgan's home seems like the perfect place to live... but if that's true, why are there still people tempted to 'jump'?

Why would anyone want to leave Utopia? Morgan doesn't understand what inspired her brother to jump, but when a senseless murder shocks their perfect community, she has no choice but to wonder: what lies below? And what do you do when Utopia is revealed to be anything but perfect?

My Thoughts: First off, that cover is absolutely stunning! It fits the story so well and adds to that quality that I can't properly describe but this novel has in doves.

I've always been a huge fan of Lauren DeStefano's, and the first in this series does not disappoint. Just reading the premise on Goodreads a few months ago made me want to get my hands on the book ASAP, and you can bet I was excited when I opened my mailbox and found it waiting for me. I loved the idea that all the cracks were revealed in the Utopian society when something went wrong, and I really liked that the realistic breakdown of Morgan's 'perfect' family paralleled it so well. 

If there's one thing Lauren knows how to do, it's write amazingly complex characters. She managed to make them all so relatable, despite them growing up in a completely different societal structure. Morgan's phenomenal character just cemented that for me - she goes from almost naive and blindly believing to doubting everything she's ever been told about Internment. The supporting characters were pretty great too: I loved Pen, Lex, and of course Basil. I also really enjoyed that the romance aspect was not the main plot focus - it's refreshing to see a YA that included romance but doesn't ignore the rest of the plot elements.   

Lauren's writing style has always been one of my favourites in the YA genres. I adore the way it flows almost lyrically, and a few of the words she used made it into my notebook for future use. And of course, it wouldn't be a Lauren DeStefano novel without a cliffhanger that makes you desperate for the next installment!

Final Thoughts: I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian YA, as well as romance and sci-fi. Fans of Icarceron will definitely love it, as well of fans of Lauren's Chemical Garden trilogy

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