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Perfect Ruin: The Internment Chronicles, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Oddly sweet dystopian mystery marred by out-of-place action.

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The language is classically hollow and slightly ethereal in this book, and the writing really shines. DeStefano's ability to balance this distancing rhetoric with an authentic narrative voice brings us into the heart and mind of a bright young lady who wonders what else the world might have to offer. DeStefano continues giving teens a dystopian framework for examining some of life's big issues. In contrast, though, the world of Internment is rather sweet and old-fashioned, richly imagined and detailed with deep but not overly complicated mythology.

It almost goes off the rails, though, with a flaw that's all too common in movies: Out of the blue and for no apparent reason than to perhaps make this more marketable as a screenplay, the contemplative pace abruptly changes to faster-paced action and peril sequences. By then we're invested enough in the characters to want to see them make it through, though, and the ending leaves plenty of room for what comes next.

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