Book Review: Incarceron

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
(Click on the cover to find a library copy.)

SUMMARY: 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. (from the Amazon.com descripton)

OPINION: This was one of the most original fantasies that I have read recently! Even though one of the major plot points was fairly obvious to me, the level of creativity and invention in this story more than made up for that. This book is an excellent choice for readers of a variety of genres, including fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, or dystopian fiction. The world Fisher dreams up is a futuristic throwback; the government forces all of its citizens to live in a medieval setting, but uses technology to make it possible. The living prison Incarceron is a place unto itself, and the twists and turns within its confines are only surpassed by the startling revelation about its very existance at the end. This book is a page-turner, so don't start it at night or you will be up very late trying to finish it!!

SEQUEL: The next book is called Sapphique, and will be published on December 28. I can't wait! Visit Catherine Fisher's website for a synopsis.

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