Review: ‘Perfect Ruin’ by Lauren DeStefano

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Perfect Ruin’ by Lauren DeStefanoPerfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Internment Chronicles #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 1st, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 356
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
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.

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Morgan lives on Internment, a floating city in the sky. Living in a perfect Utopian society has its benefits, and her life starts off as perfectly ordinary, until a girl from her school is killed. Chaos starts to erupt from every side and she starts to think that her perfect life, isn’t so perfect after all.


Lauren’s writing is always so beautifully written. She knows how to weave a story-line with a great cast of characters and whole new world where they can play. Perfect Ruin is no exception. This is a true Utopian novel set across an island in the sky where the royal family rules, and everyone else follows into line. As always, Lauren has built a world that makes you feel like it’s real. Where you follow the characters and their stories until it makes you feel like you’re part of that world. (Did not mean to sound like The Little Mermaid there, honest!)


I just loved how incredibly stubborn Morgan was. She always questioned everyone’s actions and never accepted things the way it were. You can see her change from the accepting teenager in the beginning, to the stronger more independent character in the end. I even loved the secondary characters that Lauren brought to life. They complimented Morgan really well especially her best friend.

Overall, a story that is worth its time to read with characters I’m sure will go through a huge character arc. I’m always a fan of Lauren’s writing!


There are some things even a god can’t do. (95)
My instincts about people have never been wrong. (126)
That’s what the edge does—it lures you away from those you care about. It ends your life even before your show has crumbled dirt into the atmosphere. (136)
I’ve seen no proof, only words, but words can be powerful. (139)
I don’t think anything is what it seems. (139)
The requesting part is more fun when you’re a child anyway. Children ask for simple things. (175)
It’s a wonder the way students are programmed to obey, when as individuals we have trouble just sitting still. (199)
We accept gods that don’t speak to us. We accept gods that would place us in a world filled with injustices and do nothing as we struggle. It’s easier than accepting that there’s nothing out there at all, and that, in our darkest moments, we are truly alone. (207)
How could she be good all the time? What about this life? Couldn’t she ever be angry that this life wasn’t fair? (304)

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