Ruin is a wonderful story for many reasons. One thing I love about it is that the world in which it takes place feels fully formed and so large--it has its own history and mythology. The story is mostly told in first person, from the viewpoint of Paula--the person who probably knows the least about what is really going on. As a result, the reader learns two versions of the history of the conflicts between the Neutrals and the Wildlanders all at once--the half-truths and lies that Paula learned in her Neutral life, and the version of events from the perspective of the Wildlanders. Another thing that I love about this story is the time and care that is taken with the characters. They are truly distinct and the attention that is paid to small details and mannerisms makes them seem very real. I also love how the author describes some of the feelings, actions, and sounds. The thought put into these really allows you to slip into Paula's mindset and to experience some of what she is feeling, and that is something that I love the most about reading stories told in the first person. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading more from this author.