Keep your head in the clouds. Don’t go toward the edge. Take your place on Internment with the rest of us. Morgan has always been a daydreamer. She dreams of life on the ground far below Internment, her city in the clouds. Her dreams are radical in Internment where her whole world lies within a small city and a train which circles it like the minute hand on a clock. Forever constant.
Morgan is on the train when it stops for the first time in years because a girl has been found, dead, on the tracks. Morgan’s perfect view of her city is shattered and she is left with her dreams of the ground, the words of the dead girl, and a hunger to break free like a bird from a cage. If only she knew what lay outside of it.
Perfect Ruin is the sort of story that unfurls slowly and then, violently and brilliantly. It had me hooked from the very start and I knew I was in for a good read, especially when this book is by one of my favourite authors, Lauren DeStefano. She is able to take an idea, like having people who live on a floating city in the sky, and spin it into something wonderful.
I loved the world building in this novel because everything was really well thought out. From Internments traditions, history, down to the parts of Internment. It was so real that I almost wanted to take a tour of the place.
I liked Morgan and her very real friendship with Pen. You could tell that they were very close and that they still would be, even if they were far apart. I also liked that there was no love triangle or any relationship (other than a friendship) between Morgan and Judas. It could have gone that way, and I saw hints of it, but it didn’t happen. I find that some authors add in or rush romance between characters when it isn’t necessary and I really liked the DeStefano kept away from that trope.
The only downside of Perfect Ruin was the lack of diversity. I would have liked to seen different kinds of people in the story, but I think their might have been a reason for that that wasn’t explained.
Overall, I knew that I would love Perfect Ruin as soon as heard about it. Lauren DeStefano never fails to impress and this book was no different.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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