Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, Book 1) Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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Praise for The Chemical Garden series:
A 'harrowing debut … DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters… It will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops [the larger world] as this promising trilogy progresses' Publisher's Weekly starred review
'Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing – exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read' Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH
'[A] thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale with a touch of Big Love … Rhine's fight for freedom against the clock-and the dissecting table-will leave readers eager for the sequel. Give this one to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy or Ally Condie's Matched' Kirkus
About the Author
Lauren DeStefano is the author of The Internment Chronicles and The Chemical Garden Trilogy, which includes WITHER, FEVER, and SEVER. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. Visit her at LaurenDeStefano.com.
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The book is about a city in the sky that has a protective force around it stopping anything from getting in and anyone from getting out. Small, claustrophobic and alone in the sky it's important that Internment thrives and so couples are betrothed from birth, have a waiting list to reproduce and are scheduled to die at a certain age to stop overpopulation. Life on Internment is controlled but fair - you can be whoever you want to be and everything is shared out evenly. The lack of need along with the fact that you have nowhere to run means that crime on Internment is a very rare thing and so the whole society is shocked when a teenage girl is found murdered - her number one suspect being her betrothed. Soon a series of crimes begin and our protagonist Morgan starts to question the running of her home in the sky and whether escaping to the ground is as impossible as the King would have them believe.
I loved, loved, loved this new world that Lauren has created! Her descriptions of living amongst the clouds and the stars sounded so beautiful and majestic yet also claustrophobic and limited.Read more ›
I've read good and bad reviews for this one before I read it, and I feel I fall in the middle somewhere. I liked the setting, kinda neat to think this other place but not planet living in the sky. Even cooler is how they got off this place. But somehow I still wasn't wowed or fell in love with the story. Maybe the next book, with my body off the cliff, I might get into it more. I'm willing to try anyway.
Sci-fi or dystopian fans will probably devour this one. The strange setting is enough to pull a curious reader in, so give it a try anyway.
Firstly, I must say that the setting is really wonderful, it's so clever how the people of Internment use different words to we do when it comes to objects and I found the religious element to be quite interesting but I wish there was more depth to that aspect.
The writing style in this novel felt poetic at times and was a joy to read through. This book's ending was also good and I can't wait for the sequel!
My only problem is that I felt that some of the characters lacked depth but hopefully they get more development in the next instalment.
I'd definitely recommend this book to all fans of dystopian and/or young adult fiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the book, cant wait for the next one to come out. Anyone know when it will be out?Published on 23 Dec. 2013 by Wendy Lilley
The book arrived today in brilliant condition and I can not wait to begin reading it as Lauren DeStefano never disappoints me. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2013 by Anna
Having never read a title published by Harper Voyager before or not being overly familiar with a genre that's referred to as dystopian (or fantasy fiction as I've been known to... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by Kirsty 'Love of a Good Book'
Perfect Ruin was one of my most anticipated books of the year and not just because it looked interesting, but because of who wrote it. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2013 by Kate Phillips
A few years ago I was obsessed with young adult dystopian novels. From 'The Maze Runner' and 'The Hunger Games' I went to the 'Gone' series, 'Divergent', 'Matched' and 'Delirium'... Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2013 by Z. de Ruiter