Tuesday, November 2, 2010
by Catherine Fisher
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 15th 2010 by Penguin Group
Placement: Reaching New Heights... almost Top Picks
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 ...
This book will bend your mind, and send your brain on a trip.
You are thrown into a world, somewhere in the future, that is a mixture of incredible technology and yet rooted firmly in the past. Confusing? Yeah, I was too... for quite a while. But when you read this book, don't let the confusion take you down. Keep pressing on and boy will it be worth it.
This book was quite the ride, and I can't wait to see what happens next. I love it when books can actually surprise me, and this one managed to do that a couple of times.
I love the characters and can't wait to find out more about them in SAPPHIQUE. The only thing that kept me from giving it the top rating was how confused I was at first. If I were a less determined reader, I may have actually put it down, because I had so many other books I was trying to get to, and didn't really want to have to think that hard. However, it was so worth it.