Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Released: January 26th, 2010
Published by: Dial
Series: Incarceron, Book One
Page Amount: 442 pages, US hardback
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.
And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside - she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye, and escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Because Incarceron is alive.
REVIEW:In some ways, I really enjoyed this book but in others I felt it was lacking a little something. It definitely has all the plot needed, and it has some mystery and character development, but at points it seemed a little immature. Now when I say that, I don't want you to think the characters acted immaturely or that the plot was silly, because this wasn't the case. There was just something about it as a whole that wasn't as developed as I usually like to see.
Now, with that being said, I really enjoyed this book besides that little issue. It wasn't life changing or something I'm going to spend weeks thinking about, but it was well worth the read and it was a really great set up for the series. I am thinking Sapphique (the sequel) is going to be a lot better since some of the questions are answered in Incarceron and now we're left with only consequences.
There were some characters I really liked in this story, and characters I really didn't like as well. It is basically told from two perspectives: Claudia and Finn. I really like Claudia's story better, but I liked the supporting characters in Finn's story better than Claudia's. This book is really more of a plot book than a character book, so not all of the characters were as developed or realistic as I would like them to be.
FIRST LINE:"Finn had been flung on his face and chained to the stone slabs of the transitway."
RATING BREAKDOWN:Plot: 15/20
The 'It' Factor: 6/10
=79/100, C ()
Mild/Excessive Sexual Content