Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 15-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.
What I Thought:
I don’t really know how I feel about this book. It was beautifully written and was a very different kind of scifi/dystopia, but…it was also kind of boring. The characters and the story never fully captured my interest. Which is a shame, because I was so much looking forward to reading this book.
I think my main issue with this book was the pacing. Nothing much seems to happen until about 60% of the way through. The main character, Morgan, has a questioning mind, but doesn’t really want to break the rules or test the system. The story tries to make the world seem beautiful, if flawed, but I never really felt anything about Internment. I didn’t really hate the King because I really didn’t know that much about him. I didn’t really hate the system because I didn’t see most of its adverse affects until the end. I just didn’t care about anything in the book that much.
Overall, this book well written and had an interesting premise but didn’t create enough conflict and interest in the world until the very end. The verse was spiritual, poetic, and flowing, but the story felt like it wasn’t going anywhere for quite awhile. I would have liked the main character to take more action and have a bit more power in her own story, rather than just let things happen to her. I liked the idea of this dystopia more than I liked reading about it.