On the floating city of Internment,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 of Internment, the floating city and her home, 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 on Internment: 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 of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find—or whom she will lose.
If I tried to explain this book to you, our conversation would probably go something like this:
Morgan lives in a city in the sky. Below this hunk of floating rock, earth. Her people stare down at us, copy our advancements, and wonder what it’s like down here. For some, this becomes a deadly fixation and they become either so enamored by the idea of us, or so desperate to escape their small world, that they hurl themselves over the edge. Her brother is one of these, they’re called jumpers.
Is one of them? IS, as in IS still alive? How is that possible if he jumped?
The wind surrounding the island that they live on is so strong that it hurled him back up. But now he’s blind. Another girl that jumped has epilepsy and yet another survivor is-
Woah, woah, woah, back that train up. Why do they have different injuries?
Er…they just do. So anywho, because they’re jumpers, the government now watches their entire fam-
How does anyone even get that close to the edge if the winds are so strong? Wouldn’t it blown them away from it? And for that matter, how can anyone move around at all with winds like that?
Would you stop it with the questions?
But there seem to be a lot of holes in the world, in the story even.
That’s because there are. Let me just get through the synopsis please?
Okay then. Morgan thinks that life is just dandy until a young girl is found murdered on the train tracks. Their society is a sort of Utopia so this discovery throws the populace into a panic. Things deteriorate from there.
Oh, you know, same old, same old. MC thinks things are just great, evil regime is evil and has been covering shit up and offing people that disagree with them, no one knows, except of course, the rebels, the MC’s eyes are suddenly opened, more people die, she’s taken prisoner, escapes, joins with the rebels, they jump ship, etc, etc.
It is. I’ve read this book so many times that I just can’t bring myself to get excited about it anymore.
Why would you read this book multiple times if you didn’t like it?
JFC, not this exact book, just many, many YA books that follow similar themes. I mean the world itself was semi-original but when you get right down to it, there was nothing new here. The first half was pretty boring and there seemed to be a lot that could have been shaved off, then there was a neat plot twist but then the MC became TSTL so…meh.
Was there anything you liked?
Um…the love interest was pretty cool and there wasn’t ANY slut shaming, or a love triangle, but I think I can smell one coming in future installments.