Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

Perfect Ruin [The Internment Chronicles #1] by Lauren DeStefano
Expected Publication: October 1, 2013
Format: ARC provided by publisher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Rating: 5/5

 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.

My Thoughts
I received this book as a total surprise from the publisher. I’ll be honest I didn’t know if this was a book I could or wanted to get into. I had never read anything by Lauren DeStefano so I thought I’s at least give this a try and see what happens.

OMG!! This book blew me away from the very start. Lauren DeStefano? Awesome! Why haven’t I read her books sooner? This book took me on a ride I will never forget. She paints a picture of a world that’s mysterious, beautiful and one that I want to know how she could dream up. The setting and back drop, those of a floating city, curious people who want to explore more of the world than just their own known as "jumpers", and arrange marriages that are made way before individuals are born. How people are only live to a set date then die to make way for the next generation.

The story focuses on Morgan Stockhour who is a teen with curiosity burning inside her. She wants to know if there is a life better and bigger than Internment, if there is really a life down there on "the ground." She holds on this in because if she doesn't she knows it wouldn't be good for her or her family. While she holds these secrets inside of herself, a "murder" happens. Is it murder? Or just someone trying to cover up something, so the people of Internment who are willing to let their curiosity of the possibility of another world won't let it get the best of them. It's a world filled with lies, secrets and in my opinion possible cover ups to what's really going on.

This is a fast paced read one that DeStefano paints to perfection. I personally can't wait for the next installment, to see where this ride takes me. If you are looking for the next great series to get into, I recommend this wholeheartedly. Trust me you won't be disappointed!


  1. I hadn't heard of this book, but I will definitely be adding it to my TBR list!! Now, how do you get books sent to you out of the blue from publishers? I've had self-publishers send me ebooks before, but never an actual copy of a book randomly sent by a publisher. I think I'd like that! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Oh, and the editor in me is forced to point out that you would recommend the book "wholeheartedly" (with your whole heart). Hope you don't think I'm annoying for correcting your grammar!!

    2. This was my first book ever sent by Simon & Schuster BYR. I don't know how or why but I'm glad I got it! Lol. No I don't think it's annoying that you pointed that out. Thanks by the way, it's now corrected. Guess spell check wasn't working.

  2. I've never heard of this book, but it sounds awesome. I didn't care for WITHER; I think I'd like this one, though. Thanks for the head's up!