I'm sure you've heard by now, Lauren DeStefano, author of the amazing Chemical Garden Trilogy, has a new series coming out soon called The Internment Chronicles. Perfect Ruin, the first book in the series has just been announced for release on February 11, 2014. I can't tell you how excited I am for this series. Wither is one of my favourite books, such a dark dystopian that stands apart from the rest. So when I read that Lauren was having an early ARC contest, I had to enter!
Here's a sneak peek at Perfect Ruin:
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 15-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.
Sounds awesome right? As part of the contest, we were told to write a flash fiction depicting someone who lives on Internment, 30,000 feet above the earth. So here's my little story!
I’ve always wondered what the edge of the world looks like. I’ve never dared crossing the fence separating us from the sky below, until now. One step forward would be nothing. I hear him call to me and I know I should turn back. I press my foot harder into the ground and take a step forward. He screams. I fall. The air is cold and I close my eyes against it. I’m finally free from this prison. Suddenly there is a net around me, keeping me from plummeting. I’m flown back up to the island. I will never escape.
If anyone else is interested in the contest, here's the link to enter!