Perfect Ruin by Lauren Destefano
Long ago, the sky god lifted Internment from the ground, raising it into the sky and taking the people with it. And there they live, protected from the elements, close to the stars and one with the sky… a perfect life.
In her perfect sky world, Morgan dreams of the edge and what lies beyond it. It’s forbidden, of course – the trains circle Internment endlessly, the land between the tracks and the edge off-limits, the powerful winds pushing back against anyone who dares to get close. Sometimes, though, the call of the edge becomes too strong for some, and they jump – but no one has ever made it to the ground. Morgan’s beloved older brother, Lex, jumped – and he hasn’t been the same since.
Still, Morgan loves her life, even if she dreams of things she can never see. She fills her days with school, hanging out with her best friend Pen and her betrothed, sweet, steady and strong Basil, and it’s reassuring that nothing changes in her world. Internment, after all, is amazing – a perfect world, a gift from the gods, and more than enough for any girl.
Until the murder.
When Morgan’s classmate Daphne Leander’s body is found on the tracks, Internment is thrown into chaos. Curfews, panic, and rumors of unrest, conspiracies and rebellion leave everyone unsettled, causing the edges of Morgan’s perfectly constructed world to crumble. Even after the murderer is found and identified as Daphne’s betrothed, Judas, things don’t go back to normal. Morgan never knew Daphne, but she can’t stop thinking about her – or the pieces of the dead girl’s writing questioning the people’s imprisonment in the sky that have begun appearing mysteriously posted all over Internment.
So when Judas Hensley crashes out of the night and into Morgan one clear night near the lake, she doesn’t hesitate before helping him hide from the patrolmen searching for the accused murderer. She doesn’t know what’s happening on Internment, or who killed Daphne, but she’s sure of one thing – this boy is innocent, and he needs her help.
The first book in a new series by the author of The Chemical Garden trilogy, Perfect Ruin is an eerie, haunting look at a privileged utopian world with sinister secrets and buried truths. For everyone who loved Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy or who lists Lois Lowry’s The Giver as one of their top ten childhood reads, The Internment Chronicles is a great new series to check out! Just be warned, this one packs one epic cliffhanger… so you’ll have to keep holding your breath until book two, Burning Kingdoms, comes out next spring!