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Incarceron Paperback – February 8, 2011
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So it's pretty much inevitable that one day, a way out -- or a way in -- will be found. Catherine Fisher's "Incarceron" is a hauntingly original sci-fi/fantasy story, setting up two very different characters in two parts of a stagnated future world. It's kind of confusing at times, but it smoothly clicks into gear after awhile.
Both Claudia and Finn are trapped. She's the Warden's pampered daughter, and is about to be married off to a playboy prince for her father's benefit. He's an amnesiac boy in the Scum gang, plagued by seizures that give him prophetic visions.
But their lives take unexpected turns when a prisoner taken in a Scum raid on a train recognizes Finn's eagle tattoo, and he manages to get his hands on a mysterious key that might allow him to get outside -- if he can find the door. And Claudia is plotting with her dying teacher to get a mysterious key hidden in the Warden's office.
When the two keys bring Claudia and Finn into contact, Finn suddenly has hope that he can escape Incarceron -- but instead he encounters the true horrors of the secret prison. And in her desperation to avoid marrying the bratty prince, Claudia uncovers a secret plot that her father is involved with... and not only Finn's secrets, but her own.
Metal trees, stagnant royal courts, sorcery, creepy old crones and high-tech prisons that always watch with red camera eyes. The world of "Incarceron" is a pretty weird one, and it works pretty well considering it seems to be cobbled together from all sorts of strange sources -- the only real problem is that Fisher takes a VERY long time to mesh together her two main storylines.Read more ›
There are 400+ pages in this book, and a large part of it takes place in Incarceron. Therefore, I should be able to describe what Incarceron is like. That is not the case. The escapees were traveling along some course that was not plotted out, over land that wasn't described very well, to a destination that was completely unknown. I can't say what Incarceron looks like in general. There were plenty of descriptions of metal trees and a few cells, but everything else just seemed like a blur. I've never read a novel where I understood so little about a place. I have no problem not having the answers to the questions I posed in the first paragraph, but I really did want to get a good feel of what Incarceron was like, and I didn't get that at all. What is daily life like for people on Incarceron? I have no idea, and I don't like that.
Another issue I had was the way certain secrets were handled. As a reader, I enjoy when the author keeps me guessing and doesn't reveal everything about a character's past outright.Read more ›
Claudia lives in a manor house stuck in a 17th century world run by computers.
A world were artists and poets are doomed to endless repetitions of the past.
Her life is about to change as she's about to marry a spoiled prince and enter a society filled with whispers of assassination plots. Her father is Warden of Incarceron, the prison which is tucked away. No one can enter and no one can leave.
Or so they thought.
Flinn and Claudia's worlds collide when they both find a key. A key that might be the way out of the prison for Flinn and inside for Claudia.
Both will be surprised at the secrets hidden in Incarceron. As will be the reader on this very imaginative, exciting tale.
I loved this book. The author does a great job of introducing the reader to both worlds--the one inside Incarceron and the one outside. Both POV's flow seamlessly in this tale. Flinn's struggles to find out if he does belong Outside are powerful. He refuses to accept the belief he can never leave. Both worlds are rich with detail. I can't help but wonder if there's a sequel in the works?
I highly recommend this book! Right now it's only available in the UK but I'm sure it'll be coming here soon. It's well worth the wait!
Catherine Fisher's writing is, in one word, awkward. She drops you into what feels like the middle of her book, with no clear explanation of anything. Her development of the world around the characters is clunky at best. And for a fantasy novel, being able to imagine and visualize the world in which your characters live is essential. The action sequences are poorly described as well and it's usually not until the end of them that you understand what just happened. Her dialogue between characters is poorly written and often you have no idea who is talking. She prattles on adding more and more open ends right up until the last 10 pages when she tries to tie everything together enough so that the book can end. And I'm not talking about an "Oooo, there's gonna be a sequel that I'm so excited to read" kind of open ending. I'm talking about an "I'm really bored with writing this book and my editor gave me a due date that I have to comply with" kind of ending. In fact, I didn't realize that there was a sequel until I got on here to write a review. I just figured it was another example of her poor writing.
At this point, I don't want to trudge through another 500 pages of something that could be written better by 16 year old AP English student, so I don't think I'll be reading the sequel.
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***SPOILERS AHEAD*** I enjoyed this book for the most part. I thought the idea of a sentient prison was interesting, which is what intrigued me enough to check out the book from my... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann B. Hamilton
The concept of Incarceron is fascinating : a very alive prison which originally was created to "take care" of its inmates by educating, civilizing, and nurturing them,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarit
I read this book to my 13-year-old daugher, who is a big fan of the Lunar Chronicals by Marissa Meyer. This book fit right into that genre and my daughter loved it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by NeishaS
This is definitely on my top 5 list of best fantasy/dystopian novels. From the beginning of the story, I was hooked on the characters, Finn and Claudia, and the mysteriousness of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
It started a bit slow but after a few chapters it sped up and now I'm 3/4 of the way through and its really interesting.Published 8 months ago by Rev. George C. Murray
The Maze Runner (Book 1) had a better maze. The Hunger Games (Book 1) had a much grittier, violent and realistic death match vibe. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pop Bop
Interesting concept. Good characters, but could use more development. Each chapter ends with you wanting to know more about what's happening, but the next chapter switches... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mary Twain
It took about 100 pages for the book to build up some decent momentum for me. The rough first quarter feels like it's missing sections to help introduce and explain various... Read morePublished 10 months ago by The nameless