Author: Lauren DeStefano
Series: (The Internment Chronicles #1)
Published: October 1st 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: I’m childishly blaming the ending of The Chemical Garden series for affecting on how I received this novel. I’m a little cautious for some strange reasons; like I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t love it but at the same time I was still hoping that I’m must be imagining things and I could be totally wrong. You know what, I’m not. But in no means I hate this novel; but I was little underwhelmed with the story. I liked it but I didn’t love it.
I’ll give credit where credit is due, for me, the idea was grand and ambitiously well-executed. I was mesmerized with how the story begins—they are living in a floating city! I’ve always been fascinated with this kind of setting. My favorite story arc in One Piece by Eichiiro Oda is Skypiea. The legendary floating island told by the greatest liar in the world. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop Luffy and his crew to find a way to go there. And they did find a way and proved that Sky Island exists.
There was a sudden rush of memories brought back to me when Morgan was describing on how the island was transported up from the ground. However, I wasn’t disappointed with the similarity mind you, but I was greatly intrigued and fascinated by it. The idea was similar but the details were vastly different. The author didn’t forget to include specifics on how this place functions. Actually, what I love about this novel is this great setting the author created.
Morgan was a nice character (although she kind of sounded similar to Rhine I still didn’t mind that tiny observation). I liked how inquisitive she was and how she wasn’t entirely taking everything in. She probed things: like how in the world they’re floating and wondered if there’s science to it, then people from the ground, you know, the likes. But the real puzzle was the murder of the young girl. She was stunned about the crime that happened to the girl but what shocked her more was the accused murderer—a young boy, same age as she is. She wondered if he was capable of committing such violent act (now that she’d met him) thus she begun to question what real Interment is.
There’s also romance in here and but sadly, I wasn’t super involved with it as I hoped. I liked that it didn’t take the stage and that gave way to other important parts. But it wasn’t just the romance that didn’t appeal to me; unfortunately my interest to the story was sort of relapsed and bored me. I lost the fascination I was holding tightly from the very beginning.
I did like the idea as a whole but there’s something about the story and how it was delivered that felt unappetizing to me. The author’s writing is marvelous as usual but it didn’t completely synchronize with the other areas. Still intrigued, I will read the sequel.
Preview Quote: “They’ll fill me with elixirs until I’m somnambulating through the rest of my life, to numb this madness inside me that will surely progress.”