On the floating city, you can be anything you dream – a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker… Your life is yours to embrace or to squander. There’s only one rule: you don’t approach THE EDGE. If you do, it’s already over.
Morgan Stockhour knows getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though her older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. There’s too much for her at home: her parents, best friend Pen, and her betrothed, Basil. Her life is ordinary and safe, even if she sometimes does wonder about the ground and why it’s forbidden.
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 once she meets Judas. Betrothed to the victim, Judas is being blamed for the murder, but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find—or whom she will lose.
On reading the synopsis of this book (and on hearing the supposed creation story of Internment) I was reminded of this song..
oh those childhood memories…
The first three-quarters of this book are setting up the world and characters with most of it describing Morgan’s daily life and descriptions of Internment. Normally I hate books that are supposed to be something out of the ordinary but instead go on about the daily lives of the characters. But this one was written in such a detailed engaging way that it was hard to lose interest. The writing and the connections with the characters were masterfully done leaving me wanting to know how things turned out in the end.
Morgan and her friends were all realistic and well described and I love how the author made sure they were all together at the end without it feeling sugar-coated and unrealistic. The thing I didn’t like so much was the rushed ending and I thought there could have been more of a wow factor on the fact that the characters were leaving home. But other than that this book was well crafted.
On mentioning the world, in this book there was no real history on how Internment came to be only the story people are led to believe. Once again normally I really don’t like vague first books but this one was so beautifully written that for me it was almost impossible to lose interest at any time 😛 I will definitely be reading on and hope to find out more about this world.
Who I’d recommend this for
I would recommend this book to fans of Lauren Oliver and people who enjoy an engaging dystopia that is well written and doesn’t give all its secrets up at once. I can’t wait to find out more about their world as it definitely has a The City of Ember feel.