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. Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on Oct 1
What a gorgeous book. I have been a fan of Lauren DeStefano since I first read Wither a few years back. Her writing is on another level. Every word, every sentence, seems flawlessly stitched together. Her characters practically soar off of the page. This story has a fabulous plot line. Super unique, just like the world of Internment, which floats in the clouds. It begins with Morgan, a girl who dreams of going to the edge: it is forbidden, yet it calls to her every day. Morgan just wants to be normal. She wants to do what she's told, and marry her betrothed in a few years' time, and most importantly, not end up like her brother, who tried to jump over the edge a few years back.
Fast forward in the novel, to where a murder of an innocent girl takes place. The world of Internment is thrown off balance, and everyone is afraid. But for some reason, Morgan seems fascinated by that fear. It draws her even MORE towards the edge...and others along with her.
This book is beautifully written. Perfect pacing, a haunting mystery...I couldn't put it down. It's very different from the Chemical Garden Trilogy, yet the same in the sense that it's so atmospheric and lovely. I received a review copy for free from the publisher, but loved it so much that I purchased the hardcover to keep on my shelf!
Looking forward to the sequel. Will preorder it ASAP!