Thursday, December 30, 2010

Incarceron - Catherine Fisher

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. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

Let me start by saying that this is not typically the type of story I read.  It's a touch sci-fi in nature, which doesn't usually appeal to me.  However, this book's blurb really caught my interest because I was intrigued by the idea of two people from different worlds communicating through a device.  I wasn't disappointed.

This was an incredibly interesting story, and Fisher's descriptions of Incarceron were so compelling that I felt like I could really invision this prison, even though the idea of some of the descriptions are so outlandish, you'd think it would be difficult to suspend disbelief.  Not at all.  I found myself sucked in.

Claudia was such an interesting character.  She was incredibly smart, resourceful, and strong.  She played the part of a helpless and obedient girl, but behind the scenes when her father wasn't looking, she wasn't taking her fate lying down.  With the help of her tutor, she was determined to make changes, especially after finding Finn.

Finn's character was intriguing, even though, from the beginning, the reader can pretty much make some pretty good guesses as to his true origin.  There was no real surprise there, at least for me.  His determination to find the Outside never wavered, despite obstacles, and despite so many people telling him that his dreams and ideas about an Outside world were unfounded and ridiculous.  He had to become strong in order to follow his quest for escape and discovery.

I don't want to say much more or else I would be giving the plot away too much.  It's one of those stories that, if you know even a little bit about one part of it, it would give away the whole story.  So I'll stop there.  I will just say that this was a very good book, and it contained at least two surprise twists near the end that had me utterly shocked.  They were totally unexpected and were things I never would have thought of.

I am looking forward to reading the second installment, Sapphique. 

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