Saturday, September 11, 2010


By Catherine Fisher

Finn is a 17-year old prisoner of Incarceron. His memories begin and end there. He knows nothing about his heritage except for vague memories that tease at his mind. The teen is determined to escape the prison fashioned centuries ago as a solution to the chaos created by man. Now Incarceron is self-sustaining and self-perpetuating—prisoners are born there and they die there. Legend claims only one man has ever escaped, Sapphique, and Finn is determined to follow in his steps. Claudia, the warden's daughter, lives sequestered in a castle surrounded by servants. But she, too, longs for escape—from a father who frightens her and from betrothal to an insipid prince. Finn and Claudia each discover a crystal key and are amazed to find that they can communicate with each other. As their trust in one another builds, each pledges to help the other. The two stories emerge, intertwine and, by the end, unwind in startling twists that will astonish.

This was such a different story I was intrigued to pick it up; a story about a prison and prisoners who have never seen the outside? Cool. Horrific, but cool. It was a lot of fun to read about the prisoners and their not-so-awesome lives in Incarceron (which is a living, breathing thing). It was different because, while it was still a prison, there were good people in there too trying to survive in a world full of murderers and the scum of society. The quest to find a way out of Incarceron was the basis of the story, switching point of view from Finn to the feisty Claudia who wanted to find the prince, spite her father, and escape from an awful arranged marriage. Full of mysteries and spectacular places, this book was quite the read. I was horrified by the ending because it was so abrupt, but I just found out once again that there is a second book. I don’t know how many times this has happened to me…series are just the ‘in’ thing right now.

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