Author: Catherine Fisher
Release Date: May 3rd, 2007
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 . . .
This took me a while to get started on due to school and other interruptions, but once I started reading it without any distractions, I could not put it down.
Incarceron tells the story of Finn, a boy believed to be a Starseer, or a prophet of sorta that can find a way out of the Prison. Which happens to be alive. It also tells the story of the Warden of Incarceron's daughter, Claudia, who lives Outside in her own personal prison. The story weaves together, building a world that can never change, but characters that live a lifetime within the pages.
What I loved the most about this book was Fisher's ability to create such a world that controls the people within it as a real person- like a real tyrannt- and another world where the rulers have learned to become the human embodiment of the prison.
This world jumps between the Prison (Incarceron) and the Outside (The Realm), and draws Claudia and Finn together through a mysterious key that can unlock all the secrets of both their worlds (literally and figuratively), and set them free.
Incarceron is a novel that I would recommend to everyone! It's a story that can turn any skeptic of YA fiction into a believer! I can't wait to get started on Sapphique!
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars :)