About The Book

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy: On the floating city of Internment, you can be anything you dream. Unless you approach the edge. Children’s Literature says “shades of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984 inspire DeStefano’s sci-fi/murder mystery page-turner.”

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.

About The Author

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Lauren DeStefano is the author of The Internment Chronicles and the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden trilogy, which includes Wither, Fever, and Sever. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. Visit her at LaurenDeStefano.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2013)
  • Length: 368 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442480629
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® HL730L

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Raves and Reviews

* "DeStefano has created a perfect storm—intertwining plot, characters, and setting beautifully. From the first page, readers will be enticed by Morgan’s voice, precise in its descriptions yet filled with curiosity.... This is a page-turner, and waiting for the next book will be hard, hard, hard."

– Booklist, starred review

* A "concoction of tension and love with a cliff-hanger ending."

– School Library Journal, starred review

"Definite excitment...."

– The Bulletin

Awards and Honors

  • Texas Tayshas Reading List
  • ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Top Ten

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