Perfect Ruin

Perfect Ruin : Volume 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. Children's Literature says "shades of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984 inspire DeStefano's sci-fi/murder mystery page-turner."

Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city and her home, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. There's too much for her on Internment: her parents, best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. Her life is ordinary and safe, even if she sometimes does wonder about the ground and why it's forbidden.

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, Judas is 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

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 149 x 212 x 31mm | 445g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1442480610
  • 9781442480612
  • 284,315

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* A concoction of tension and love with a cliff-hanger ending.-- "School Library Journal, starred review"
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9,289 ratings
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4 38% (3,560)
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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 storyline 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!show more
by Giselle SM
I loved Lauren's chemical Garden series, so when I heard this one was coming out, I knew that I had to give it a try and see if her new characters and world was as gripping as the first. I was not disappointed. While the beginning is a bit slow, it wasn't enough to make me want to put it down because of the great descriptions of this new world and getting to know my main character, Morgan, her betrothed Basil (yeah, the name got me too), best friend, and family, especially her and her brother. The world building was good and I enjoyed learning more about this world in the sky. The politics and secrets kept were def a surprise as well as who didn't make it through the books. I really liked Morgan, her unending curiosity, and how she is so loyal to her brother and those closest to her. She even sticks her head out for others because she has a good sense about her for others. The relationships were really well written and kept me so invested in this story. Her and her best friend Pen are so close and have this natural flowing relationship built over time. They laugh with one another, share in deep secrets, and can read each other really well. Pen and her betrothed Thomas have a strange relationship, but it was interesting to see how she acted on the surface and then felt underneath. As for Morgan and Basil it is a sweet romance, one that I couldn't get enough of. Basil is protective but he also knows when to back off so that Morgan can grow, explore and be herself. But I liked him more and more as I realized that he accepted even the parts of Morgan that aren't okay in this society. Thoughts of the edge, thoughts of more. Morgan and her brother are really close and make up for their parents, their dad who is a patrolman who works long hours, and their mom who takes headache meds and sleeps to no end. Lex, her brother, once tried to jump, and it left him blind. He was damaged by the experience and now shunned by the government and others. Morgan really along with his wife Alice is protective over him, and accepts him even with his many faults. But he is really smart, and under the scratchy surface, he really cares for Morgan too and tries to protect her. The writing is beautiful and while the plot is different from the chemical garden series, we still have the great dark feeling to it, and a world that has been corrupted in so many ways, but yet has some things working, enough that people were happy, until stuff starts to seep through the cracks. The ending had a few surprises, but I enjoyed where it stopped, and although I am eager to get the next one, it was not unfinished or on a cliffie to where I would need to stalk Lauren and figure out what she was thinking for ending there (hint hint Jennifer Armentrout.) Bottom Line: Engaging story with fascinating world and more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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