Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Good Reads - Incarceron

Title: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher

The Incarceron is a vast prison that is self-aware and intelligent. Created to help build a utopian society outside of its walls, only one person has ever managed to escape from its walls. 17-year-old Finn awakens within the prison with no memory of how he got there. He must fight his way to stay alive and is determined to escape - no matter how impossible it may be. Meanwhile, Claudia is prison in her own right - stuck living by society's rules and facing an impending marriage that her father, the warden of the Incarceron, is anxious to make happen.

By chance, Finn and Claudia both find crystal keys that allow them to communicate, making it clear that if they are going to find freedom, they will need each other.

Catherine Fisher does a great job in creating multiple worlds in Incarceron - one inside and one outside the prison walls. She also delves into the society that would create such a structure and creates a fascinating world that is hard to step away from. At 400 pages, it is daunting to start, but once the fantasy story takes hold, it will make for a fast read!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the sequel, Sapphique, due for release on December 28!

Incarceron is located in YA Fiction: YA Fisher

1 comment:

Liz said...

I've not heard of this author -- will pass it on to my daughter, who loves YA and YA fantasy fiction. She's now reading (and I'm awaiting) A Wind in Montana by Mitch Davis, which is definitely more realistic, which she likes. It gives teens a novel that parallels what they're currently experiencing. And parents can remember their own high school days see how they're different -- plus get an idea of what their kids are reading.