Perfect Ruin

Perfect Ruin

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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

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 25mm | 308g
  • English
  • Export ed.
  • 1481415387
  • 9781481415385
  • 764,617

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9,350 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 24% (2,202)
4 38% (3,577)
3 28% (2,611)
2 8% (725)
1 3% (235)

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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? 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! 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!show more
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