Title: PERFECT RUIN (The Internment Chronicles, #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster for Young Readers
I had very, very high expectations for PERFECT RUIN. As a huge fan of the dystopian world in DeStefano’s Chemical Garden Trilogy, I just knew her utopian world would be…well, perfect.
Sadly, this was not the case. I was still enamored with her beautiful, lyrical writing; however, I felt the world-building was a bit too shallow and the characters could have been slightly more developed. That said, I found the most likable character not to be the main character, Morgan, but her best friend, Pen. What Morgan lacked in strength, Pen made up for in spades.While it sounds like I didn’t like PERFECT RUIN, I did…I couldn’t put it down. It’s classified as a “utopian”, but it definitely had some steampunk-like qualities come into play around the halfway point, which made it much more interesting and was when I really started to feel pulled into the story.I stayed up late into the night to finish and when I turned the last page, I literally thought, “NO! I need to know!!!”, so it definitely has attention holding capability and the well-known Lauren DeStefano cliff-hanger ending.I am very much looking forward to book two in the Internment Chronicles, and am sure everyone will come to love Morgan and Pen as much as the Sister Wives in The Chemical Garden.