What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

I was a pretty big fan of Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series. Reviews of all three books can be found here: Wither, Fever, Sever. When I found out she was starting a new series, I was intrigued, although the summary, when it was finally released, didn't really capture my interest. Perfect Ruin kept getting pushed further and further down on my list of books to read, until I finally picked it up a few weeks ago.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 16-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil. 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 when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — 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 who she will lose.

What I Liked: 1) The back story. I was really impressed with how well DeStefano delved into the back story of Internment and why it exists. Also, the more focused story of Morgan and her brother Lex. I could tell early on that this was going to be a well-rounded story because of how much detail we were given to fill out the beginning. But it also didn't become bogged down because of detail overload. It can be a fine line between the two, and DeStefano walked it gracefully. 2) How true she was to the characters. I know I say this a lot, since I'm usually all about the characters. But sometimes you'll be reading along, and bam, someone will do something so out of character for them that it pulls you completely out of the story. I hate being jolted back to my own reality, so when an author remains true to the characters they've built, I really appreciate that. 3) So. Many. Questions. Morgan is one of the most curious characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I thought it was great that she didn't just accept things the way they were but investigated on her own to find out the answers. It was dangerous, but she didn't let that stop her from searching for the truth. 4) Something that is rare for an author to accomplish is making a non-living thing a character. DeStefano was able to pull this off with "the edge." It was such a presence in the book that it was like a living, breathing thing. Made the book even more intriguing than it was.

What I Didn't Like: The only complaint I had was that I was expecting more grit, especially with the underlying theme of suicide. Parts of it were a little too glossed over for what I think the story deserved.

Overall Thoughts: So it's not Wither. But it's still good! There are a ton of great things about this book, and it keeps you guessing all the way through the end. I'm definitely excited for the next installment!

My Rating: 4 Shots


7 comments:

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