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.
So my blonde moment of the week came when my husband asked me what I was reading. I showed him the cover of this book and he promptly asked if I was reading about a prison. I was shocked that he would assume that just from the title, and asked how he knew that. His reply, “Incarcerate–you know, to lock someone up?” DUH! I just thought it was a cool name. Especially when I figured out it was the name for a prison!
This book quite honestly blew me away. I would say it is the best piece of fiction I have read in a long time! The only reason I am not giving it more starts is that it is a little confusing in some parts, but I can see now that it had to be written that way. I loved the two points of view the story was told from–Finn, who is locked up inside the prison, and Claudia, who is the warden’s daughter. Their stories come together when Finn finds a magical crystal and discovers that he can talk to Claudia. Together, they try and find a way for Finn to escape. And trying to find a way out of the prison sets in motion a set of adventures neither one could have possibly imagined.
With books I like, I always enjoy checking out the author’s website. I like learning about them, and how they came up with their ideas for their books. Here is a link to what Catherine Fisher has to say about Incarceron.
This book is a part mystery, a part sci/fi, and a part roller coaster ride! The ending was such a huge surprise! This is such a great read–I’m excited to pick the next book, Sapphique, up at the library tonight.