Another first book to a series!
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Title: Perfect Ruin
Release date: 1st of October 2013
Series: Internment Chronicles
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Dystopian, YA
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 369 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
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.
I don’t read dystopian YA, at all, it’s simply not my thing and I haven’t really encountered anything gripping that could pull me into this genre despite the hype. So, I’m a little confused why I took on this book, but there must have been something that persuaded me in deciding to give it a try – it may have been the promised sweet fiancé from birth boy thing – a really random reason, but there you go.
All in all, I can say that I didn’t like the book, it was different, intriguing and seemed quite original (with the setting), but since I don’t have a solid comparison baggage then I can’t really say where it stood in a more wider position. The background to the ongoings and world building was excellent. There was a lot of information provided, but it wasn’t too technical, boring or overwhelming. I knew all that I needed to know to understand this world (or as much as I needed to that point) and to believe all the circumstances, issues and character behavior.
I also thought the being paired from birth idea really worked for me in this and that mostly due to observing the couples in the forefront of the story. I really liked how they were so in tune with each other, exactly what the other needed and it didn’t seem forced, at all. I usually read books where such connections and romance is in the beginner phase and being established so it was interesting to read something where the groundwork and a sense of familiarity/stability was already present. Otherwise, while a vital part of all characters through their intendeds, the romance aspect of the story was quite subtle, basic and secondary. Since I personally prefer more spark in romance (Pen and Thomas were more to my liking – but they aren’t the main couple), then it wasn’t entirely something I was 100% satisfied with, but let’s see where it leads in the upcoming books. I’m hopeful.
The first half or so of the book was somewhat slow and nothing much happened – things obviously did occur, but there weren’t enough answers or fast developments to keep the tension high and me on the edge of the seat. The small details and questions did make me extremely curious on what would come about and what was really going on behind the scenes, but it still needed effort to get through the first half. The second part, however, suddenly went on full force, especially after that incident where everything changed for Morgan and we were finally given answers – at least regarding one aspect of the mystery.
The cliffhanger in the end left me frustrated, but more on the positive side, making me anticipate the next book and the possible developments there.
Even though it was a quite character driven/centered story, meaning that Morgan was pretty much the center with her thoughts, views and being, I felt her and others remaining quite distant from me as a reader. Not that they were bland or lacking, but I simply couldn’t identify with them at all – they had their heads too high in the clouds. The characters that felt real were Pen, Alice and Judas – they were also my favorite characters.
An intriguing book and I’m most definitely taking on the second one, even though, despite me enjoying this, I still don’t get the hype and popularity of dystopian YA and I still, generally, don’t like the genre. So no, it didn’t manage to convert me to dystopian lover, but at the same time neither did The Hunger Games (Am I the only one who doesn’t like the series? Not that it’s badly written or boring – I just don’t like the plot!).