Perfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1)
Published by Simon & Schuster on October 1st, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream - a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker... Your life is yours to embrace or to squander. There's only one rule: you don't approach THE EDGE. If you do, it's already over.
Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge of Internment, the floating city and her home, can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. There’s too much for her on Internment: her parents, best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. Her life is ordinary and safe, even if she sometimes does wonder about the ground and why it’s forbidden.
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, Judas is 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.
In the beginning, I was frightened how similar this book was to The Program by how the characters have to appear in their right minds in order to go unnoticed. But the more I read, the different path of the story took. The writing was beautiful, but the story was slow. It is your typical dystopia but with more predictable plot twists. The story doesn't delve into why they were banished to the sky. The world building mostly revolves around the citizen's culture and lifestyle. I was fascinated by their traditions and celebrations and was hoping that the story behind their city cloud would surface. I thought Morgan's character could've been developed a little bit more or at least shown some more emotion, especially when the suspected murder confronted her in the park. With how vigilant and nervous she had been after the murder, why was she not frightened? That's another thing, she just knew from the start that the alleged murderer was hiding something. I couldn't connect with any character but her brother. His genuine brotherly jabs for humor was completely relatable. I was expecting to love this book. Unfortunately, I didn't.