Vertical, seriously. Please translate the original novel. ( ；；) The manga is good, but still. Can't wait until the next volume! Vertical, seriously. Please translate the original novel. ( ；∀；) The manga is good, but still. Can't wait until the next volume! ♥...more
Guys, this is up on NetGalley for review! Trust me, it's REALLY GOOD and worth your time! Definitely one of my favorite recent Japanese light novels/nGuys, this is up on NetGalley for review! Trust me, it's REALLY GOOD and worth your time! Definitely one of my favorite recent Japanese light novels/novels. Request it here!
[edit - 03 May 2013] Great translation of the first half of the book! Review to come!...more
Wow. If you guys thought the "Chemical Garden" trilogy was good, "Perfect Ruin" will absolutely knock your socks off. DeStefano has improved in her crWow. If you guys thought the "Chemical Garden" trilogy was good, "Perfect Ruin" will absolutely knock your socks off. DeStefano has improved in her craft so much, it was almost as if it were someone else writing - though it did have her familiar prose landmarks here and there. "Perfect Ruin" is the question of the divide between dystopia and utopia, and whether the two really can be the same thing, or if they're just two sides of the same coin. Can humans as they are now (or at least, by the time Internment exists) really create a fair utopia for all? "Perfect Ruin" delves into these questions and more with a murder mystery and a curiosity that may destroy all of these characters. Absolutely gorgeous, even if you haven't read the previous trilogy, this is one 2013 release that simply cannot be missed.
Instead of a terrible dystopia like we saw in the previous trilogy, "Perfect Ruin" is the picture of the perfect civilization as DeStefano sees it - all with the deliciously dark lure of "the edge" - literally, the edge of Internment, where you can see down to the ground. Internment floats above it, and though we don't know where we are in our current history as we know it, it's obvious that Interment is far in our future with the small clues DeStefano drops throughout the book, after a catastrophic natural event that heaves a large chunk of ground into the sky - not unlike the real life Second Extinction event that gave us our moon. I loved all of these compact little hints, telling us how old not only the culture of Internment is, but possibly how old Internment itself is. These geographical details really enriched the world, along with the tiny hints of backstory that we know are coming in future books.
The worldbuilding: if you've read the past trilogy, you know that DeStefano is amazing when it comes to worldbuilding. "Perfect Ruin" is no exception, using the relationship web school of worldbuilding this time to link our main cast together, along with linking our main cast through backstory to the murder mystery at hand - an act that is very rare on Internment. Through some big reveals that happen through this relationship web and general backstory hints and tidbits that come tumbling down onto the reader (much like how Internment starts to unravel around our main cast) in delicious, small bites. The sensory imagery and language was glorious, and I wanted to wallow in it. I had to force myself to read slowly, because I just wanted to know the answer, to know the whodunnit. At the end, I'm still not entirely sure we got our answer, but we do get an absolutely explosive climax and resolution that has me salivating heavily for book two.
The characters: even the most minor of the main cast are richly detailed through the relationship web tactic that DeStefano uses to not only construct the world but really weave the tale closely and tightly with backstory, current story, murder mystery, and the allure of the edge to those who want more from the tiny island of Internment than it can give them. Morgan, Lex, Judas, and the rest of the main cast, through their foibles and follies, give us one of the most sympathetic tales I've read in YA that's fantasy in years, no matter how beautiful Internment is, or how unbelievable it may be. Absolutely stellar.
Final verdict? Even if you may not have clicked with her previous trilogy, you guys simply cannot miss "Perfect Ruin". DeStefano has grown so much, and I love it when I can track an author's growth like that. "Perfect Ruin" is out October 1, 2013 from Simon & Schuster FYR in North America, so definitely check it out when you get a chance. It's on my best of 2013 list for a reason.
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"Find Me" was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting the incredibly tight writing and quick pace, as well as the plot-driven elements to this book. W"Find Me" was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting the incredibly tight writing and quick pace, as well as the plot-driven elements to this book. While coming in at a short 288 pages (in ARC version, at least), this was a fun read to devour in more or less one sitting. However, I still had a few issues with it, but even so, "Find Me" is a fun cyberpunk-lite mystery that will definitely leave you wanting more.
This book is really short, and great if you want to take your mind off of something stressful, or you just want a good, short thriller book for the YAThis book is really short, and great if you want to take your mind off of something stressful, or you just want a good, short thriller book for the YA set, "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die" is definitely a great pick. While I did have a few issues with it, it was a great way to relax for an afternoon and devour this story in one sitting. Definitely great for a rainy day or a beach read, "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die" definitely a good pick for either.
This book is short, as I've mentioned before, and because it is, it's obvious that it's plot-driven (as opposed to being either character-driven or being balanced). My largest problem with this book is because it's so plot-driven, the character development suffers greatly. Not that I don't enjoy plot-driven thriller stories - quite the opposite. But at the same time, the characters to a certain degree could have been developed a little more. Cady felt a little too simple as a main character with such a complex backstory, and Ty, well, at times, he felt like he was just propping Cady up on her quest to not only find out her own identity, but why she ended up in that cabin.
What Henry does best: the world. The world is very dense and thick with paranoia and the need to remember, even for the audience. The clock is ticking down, and the net is tightening around Cady, Ty, and the audience. The air is electric, I will definitely give Henry that, and her worldbuilding, especially with dispensing backstory and interspacing her infodumps (which were small, most of the time - only once or twice did I feel that the infodumps in certain areas needed to be spread out a little more), is really good. It's the best part of the book, to be honest.
The romance: didn't really feel believable. If you could call it a romance? I couldn't tell if Henry was really tying to go all in on it, or insta-love it, or just wanted them to be really pushed close together due to their circumstances. It was pretty cloudy, and just didn't feel very authentic. I recognize that she didn't have much space to work with, but Henry needed to have a firmer hold on what she wanted between Ty and Cady, or at least know what she wanted to do with them.
Otherwise? This one is definitely good for entertainment on a rainy day or a good beach read for the summer. I enjoyed it, and I think I just might go check out some of Henry's other books. "The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die" is out from Macmillan Children's June 11, 2013 in North America, so definitely check it out then!
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