Book Review: Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano- 5 Stars

Synopsis from Goodreads: On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream, unless you approach the edge. Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close can lead to madness, like her older brother Lex, a Jumper. She takes solace in her best friend Pen, and in Basil, the boy she’s engaged to marry. When she investigates the first murder in a generation, she meets Judas. The suspect was betrothed to the victim, but Morgan believes he is innocent. Nothing can prepare Morgan for the secrets she will find – or whom she will lose.

Welcome to Internment. A world above a world, a floating city in the sky, cut off from the ground and whatever is over The Edge. In Internment, pretty much everything is decided for you, where you live, whom you marry, except the fact that you can chose to be whoever you want…an artist, a doctor, as long as you don’t approach The Edge. Once you do, life as you knew it is ruined.


The main character in Perfect Ruin is Morgan Stockhour. Morgan has her parents, stubborn Jumper brother Lex and his wife Alice, her best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. I loved the chemistry between Morgan and Basil. In a world where your birth, marriages, and deaths are determined, Morgan and Basil seemed truly in love, so much that they would still choose each other even if it hadn’t already been predetermined. I LOVED Basil! He was so sweet and loving to Morgan, standing by her even when she thought she’d lost it all. Parents enter the queue when they want to have a child, and usually the betrothed’s parents have their child at the same time. At school, students read from history books such as The History of Internment, and are forbidden to talk of such things like the ground or the Edge. I really enjoyed Morgan’s character. She starts off as someone who is unsure how to feel and what to think, since she is judged for being the sister of a Jumper, one who tried to go off the Edge. Morgan thinks she might be crazy for having dreams and thoughts about the ground, and she’s afraid of what might happen. Once she starts to understand the reality of this place she thought was her home, she turns into this strong, fearless, girl who will fight for love and truth.This novel had me transported to Internment, just the way the author described the city and the different rules they must follow. The people of Internment believe in the Sky God, who supposedly saved them when the God of the Ground wanted to destroy them and start all over, but some people, including Morgan, start to question the Sky God, the king, and all that Internment stands for when murders start occurring in their little city. The only issue I have with this book is that the first half was a slow buildup, lots of background, description, and history which I enjoyed reading, but I felt the last part of the book was rushed and I didn’t feel some things really worked with the flow of the novel. Otherwise, this was an awesome book and I can’t wait to read the others in this series!

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