Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born …
Not as simple as I normally like, but I loved the cover of this book:
The beginning of this book is really hard for some people, so I wouldn’t recommend it to people who normally like instant satisfaction, action on every page type of people. For those of you who are like that, you should check out my instant satisfaction section: http://rea1itylapse.wordpress.com/category/instant-satisfaction/
There are some more rough spots in this book adding on to the beginning, but once you get really into this book it’s a lot of fun and mystery. It’s a really interesting world, to say the least. There’s almost two worlds to this book, the Incarceron Prison World and the “Real” World. Some of the meetings and transitions in this book were a little less than ideal to me, but I liked them anyway.
The idea of a living prison was kind of terrifying and kind of cool to me, I dunno. A mix of both. Like something out of Monster House.
The twists in this story are not so much twists at times, because you can tell when some things going to happen, but the sheer creativity of Catherine Fisher made up for it for me. Apparently, (I just learned about this….me, always the one to know about everything, of course…) there’s going to be a movie of this soon. It got dropped before by Fox but it’s coming back up again…and Taylor Lautner (is that how you spell it?) is going to be in it. So yay…. Anyway, I would most definitely watch the movie (at some point) even just to see how the makers of this movie will pull all the stunts in this book, from flying dragons to living, breathing storms.
Hopefully, it won’t be like this:
I loved getting this story from different perspectives and I really enjoyed the characters of this story. Jared, Keiro and Attia were all super awesome and really cool. The characters in this book really grow, especially Finn, and I really enjoyed watching him throughout the story. You could call this book dark, but it’s not really like that. Because he has his friends, and his brain, which some main characters in some novels don’t have.
I didn’t like Claudia as much as Finn, but that was okay. I didn’t exactly hate her, even though she was really unlikable at times. I feel like she made the story stronger at some points, and she felt real to me a lot of the time, which matters. I felt like Catherine Fisher left out some details that left me wanting, like Jared’s AGE. He would be from 15-40, for all you know in this book. I hope she clears that up in the next books in this series.
I really enjoyed Catherine Fisher’s voice, even though it was really dry in the beginning of this book. I hope to see more of her in the future. The writing was smooth and solid, nothing remarkable, but her voice, her ideas, her realistic-ness and the way she didn’t sugarcoat things, really impressed me. I’ll be happy to try anything she writes in the future.
pg count for the hardcover: 442
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