Monday, November 7, 2011

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher


Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden's daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive . . .



Dark. Grim. Claudia and Finn both live in extremely hostile worlds, though Finn's is the more obvious one. The Prison is creepy and gruesome, with violence, strange beasts, and creatures called half-men (part human, part machine) part of daily life.

A couple of mild cuss-words.


A very well-written story. Catherine Fisher developed interesting worlds, both the Prison and Outside.

She also knows how to create sympathetic characters. I definitely commiserated with both Finn and Claudia, even though he's a thief and she's a sneaky conniver.


I wouldn't hand this book off to anyone under 16, mostly because of the darkness, gruesomeness, and cusswords. It definitely made me glad that we live in a very real, very free world.

Rating: three stars


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