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 ...
What a captivating novel! Very unique, with the miniature prison, thought not with the horrible-thing-happens-we-survive-we-go-back-to-Victorian-times thing. A bit like Dearly, Departed, though that came after this book, but I read that one first. Yeah.
I really enjoyed the perspectives of Claudia and Finn, because they both had a side of a story, they both were really important, and they both do things that are really important to the book, like the keys, and going back and forth, and knowing where they belong and such. Really great!
Loved that there was a potential for romance, after all, they are supposed to be engaged, and that adds to the book, and makes it all the more better!
I loved the thought of escape, and how different the worlds are, and the mystery of Incarceron, that was just amazing! I hope the mysteries like Sapphique get answered in the second book that I've requested called Sapphique!
This was an excellent book, so I hope you guys check it out!
Author: Cathrine Fisher
Series: Incarceron #1
Read: November 30th, 2011
Source: School Library
Reason Why: Heard great things about it, and it looked really great!
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Published: March 3rd 2007