Perfect Ruin - Internment Chronicles (1)

Perfect Ruin - Internment Chronicles (1)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy: On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream. Unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city in the clouds where she lives, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. If she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in her best friend, Pen, and in Basil, the boy she's engaged to marry. 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 once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, he is the boy being blamed for the murder, 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 whom she will lose.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 27mm | 482g
  • HarperVoyager
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007541201
  • 9780007541201
  • 493,047

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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
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About Lauren DeStefano

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
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A Brilliant Introduction to Internment Lauren DeStefano has written a wonderful book in the Perfect Ruin as the first part of The Internment Chronicles. Having read Perfect Ruin I can see this series running and becoming a very popular fantasy with not only young adults but us older adults too. DeStefano writing is wonderfully fluid and descriptive so that you can build clear images of the characters, the places and more importantly of Internment itself. The publishers hype that these chronicles would suit fans The Hunger Games and Delirium and having read the opening book in The Chronicles there is no argument against that from me. In fact I have all ready cast the film, with Dakota Fanning playing the star role of Morgan Stockhour. Morgan Stockhour lives in an apartment with her mother and father who is a patrolman and her brother and wife lives in the apartment above theirs. Internment is a City in the sky above the clouds and is cut off from the ground and it has been like that for many centuries. Everybody knows that you cannot go to the edge of Internment as it may lead to madness or at least suspicion by the King and his patrolmen. Pity that Morgan̢۪s brother Lex has been to the edge and is referred to like others as a Jumper. Nothing unpredictable happens in Internment you are born allotted a betrothed go to academy do a job allocated to you, marry, join a queue to have a baby, get old and at the designated age you will be dispatched. You can also be dispatched if you go to close to the edge or commit any other offence the King deems wrong. Morgan loves her betrothed Basil, her best friend Pen. She becomes quite concerned when for the first time in many generations a murder has been committed and later the accused she is convinced is innocent. She is constantly quizzed by one of the King̢۪s Specialists but tells her very little as she does not trust her. Then one day her world is turned upside down as she starts to discover some of the answers to the many secrets that Internment has. Morgan will no longer feel safe in Internment as she starts to look towards the ground that may bring her safety as she loses all things that she held dear in Internment. Perfect Ruin is a wonderful introduction to The Internment Chronicles and is a brilliant teaser for the next book as you are left wanting to know what happens next. This is a fantasy novel with suspense thrown in for fun. A great book I cannot recommend highly more
by Paul D
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