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Incarceron Paperback – May 3, 2007
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, February 2010: The shifting landscapes, unexpected plot punches, and bold, brave characters found in Catherine Fisher's Incarceron are nothing short of thrilling: fans of Garth Nix and Suzanne Collins will take to this epic, twisty fantasy instantly, but it's also the kind of book that will draw in the most hesitant fantasy reader. The mysterious world of Incarceron—and its factions of daring Prisoners, led by an incorrigible team in Finn and Claudia, who are both searching for a means of escape—is wonderfully imagined, at once frightening and full of seduction, and marks the beginning of an addictive new series. --Anne Bartholomew --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
*Starred Review* The vast prison Incarceron, made of metal and cutting-edge technology, was designed as a grand experiment: all undesirables would be sealed inside and given everything for a model utopia. But the experiment failed as Incarceron grew self-aware and tyrannical, resources dwindled, and prisoners divided into factions. Centuries later, prisoners exist under Incarceron’s watchful eyes with one belief: no one from Outside enters, no one from Inside escapes. Finn, however, believes he’s from Outside, and after he finds a crystal key that opens any door, he embarks on a journey to escape. Outside Incarceron, Claudia, the warden’s daughter, is also looking for escape, from an arranged marriage and from her role in a plot to end Protocol, which forces inhabitants to live according to seventeenth-century norms. When she too finds a crystal key, she comes into communication with Finn, who she believes is the true prince of the Realm. This gripping futuristic fantasy has breathless pacing, an intelligent story line, and superb detail in rendering both of the stagnating environments. Fisher’s characters are emotionally resonant, flawed, determined, and plagued by metaphysical questions. With some well-timed shocking twists and a killer ending, this is a must-have. Grades 9-12. --Krista Hutley --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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The twist about Incarceron itself was good, but I did not like the way the author lack to describe Incarceron. I love to read a story where I can imagine every single detail of the place I'm reading, specially something that does not exist. I thought there was more description about the world outside - which I know well and I don't need to be told how the flowers smell - Than the one inside Incarceron. I still don't have any idea what it really looks like and I hate that. I mean, yes there were tunnels, yes there were metal trees but that's it. I can't really imagine the whole Incarceron world and I think in a fiction book like this one it is VERY important to explain and describe every detail of the world you are trying to imagine.
Overall a good original plot but a weak description. I hope Sapphique answers some of the questions I have.
.... Just finished reading Sapphique, a word of advice: Don't even bother. It did answer my questions related to the prison, but overall a very weak, not interesting book. Poor ending and lack of romance at the end. I don't recommend it.
Finn, is a seventeen year old boy who was created by the technology that runs Incarceron. He knows nothing about his past. He only know that two years ago, he woke in a dark squalid cell , mad with fear and lost memories. Finn started to seeks answers. Finn believes that there's another place outside Incarceron and he might have came there. Finn, and his friends - Keiro, Attia and Gildas try to escape the prison like many have. But they have something others didn't- the one person with the visions of the outside believed to be given to him by Sapphique - they believe that Finn is a starseer - this assumption got stronger when Finn discovers a a crystal key with the same strange marking as the tattoo on his wrist. The key allows him to communicate with a mysterious girl name Claudia, who claims that she's from the Outside.....
The outside world, is trapped in time by the royal dynasty's will. There are protocols, that mingle technology with the 17th century customs. The Protocol the banned usage of anything automated. So while their world is run by computers, society is living in the past. So beside the time the protocol is one of the resons that the people outside forgot about the experience that was Incarceron.
Claudia is the daughter of Incarceron's Warden. She lives in a manor house stuck in a 17th century world run by computers. in a world that run buy the protocol -were artists and poets are doomed to endless repetitions of the past. She also, had been arranged to marry the spoiled prince of the realm. The problem - the royal heir Giles at age 15, had been killed in a riding accident and now Claudia is forced into an engagement with his snarky step-brother, Caspar.
This engagement is the result of the plotting of her powerful father the Warden. he had planed this since she was at age of 5 and prepared her to become queen. Claudia is terrified of him. Frustrated with her bleak future and cutthroat political games in which she finds herself ensnared. Claudia feel that things are not what they seem, that things are corrupt. She determined to prove that. she right - the monarchy has too many secrets. One of them is Incarceron, so when she finds a crystal key in her father's study (the Warden knows the secrets of Incarceron, but he has no plans to share them, not even to his only daughter), she finds a link to a world that is nothing like the ideal utopia. with this key. she also found that she can communicate with Finn on the other side.
So now - Finn and Claudia, crossed paths and their all world turned upside down. Finn want to escape, convinced by strange visions, the mysterious crystal key, and the legend of Sapphique, the only man who ever escaped Incarceron, he is determined to escape as well. Claudia is surprised that Finn wants to escape since the outside world has been told Incarceron is somewhat of a paradise. She has her own problems because she is slated to marry this creepy future king. She agrees to help him escape. She want the adventure and its thrill.
The book switches back and forth between Claudia and Finn's. The switches were often very quick - only page or two for each person's story. Some people might find the rapid switches between viewpoints a bit jarring.