DeStefano's Perfect Ruin is an exquisite masterpiece. With its story of free will, love and the power of dreaming beyond one's boundaries, it's as every bit captivating as it is courageous. While the worldbuilding is unique and strong, the characters are even more so, every one of them believable and relatable. The main character, Morgan, may not be physically strong like Katniss from the Hunger Games or Tris from the Divergent trilogy, but she is brave, curious and incredibly observant. I also particularly loved Morgan’s betrothed, Basil, who gets more and more swoon-worthy as the story progresses. Intelligently written and thought provoking, Perfect Ruin is the start of yet another astounding series from DeStefano.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan Stockhour knows better than to dream of life outside the confines of Internment, the floating island she calls home. Life is perfect on Interment, at least that’s what the people have come to believe. But when a girl’s body is found, marking the first murder in years, Internment no longer feels safe. Morgan is hungry for answers and for the possibilities that lie outside the island. With her best friend and her betrothed at her side, Morgan will dive deeper into Interment’s secrets. But is she prepared for everything she may lose along the way? (SIMON & SCHUSTER, Oct., 368 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781442480612, HC, 13 & Up)

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DJ DeSmyter