Book Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

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Title: Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★1/2
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On the floating city, you can be anything you dream - a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker... Your life is yours to embrace or to squander. There's only one rule: you don't approach THE EDGE. If you do, it's already over.

Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge 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 at home: 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, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find—or whom she will lose.
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My Review: 




What's good about it:

Atmospheric: I'm a big sucker for atmosphere in novels, and what I liked about Perfect Ruin is that the world building was revealed slowly, not dumped on the reader, which helped build the mystery of the city.

Major Characters: The main characters, Morgan and Pen, were nicely developed and I really enjoyed their friendship despite how different they both are. I thought this was going to veer into "two friends fighting over a boy" trope, but never did, which would have made the story suffer.


What's bad about it:

Pacing: Perfect Ruin has a really slow pace, really slow in some places, which dragged the story. 

Minor Characters: While the major characters were developed, the minor characters, like Morgan's parents and the boyfriends, Thomas and Basil (This nickname was also never explained, who names someone after an herb??) were one dimensional and just served as a support system for their girlfriends but never questioned Pen and Morgan nor were given any agency of their own.

Final Thoughts:

Perfect Ruin is an interesting read, and has the same moody and hypnotic feel that DeStefano's debut, Wither had. I'm really interested in seeing where the rest of the series goes, considering the ending.

Check out my review for the other installments in the series
Burning Kingdoms (Perfect Ruin, #2)


Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano is available here






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