Book Review: Incarceron by: Catherine Fisher

Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1)

Publisher: Dial

Publish Date: 26 January 2010

Origins: Library

Format: Hardcover

Blurb: Imagine a living prison so vast that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped. 

Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appals her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires. 

One inside, one outside

But both imprisoned.

Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world's end.

Imagine the unimaginable.

Imagine Incarceron.

Review in 5: Intriguing, Mysterious, Creepy, Surprising, and Imaginative

Review: I had absolutely no desire to read this book. I am being honest here. I only read it because it was a Blog With Bite pick for the month, effort to expand my horizons...I took a look. I was pleasantly surprised and happy I did pick it up.

The characters in this tale are intense, very unique, and just amazing. I love the spirit that both Finn and Claudia have and the sense of adventure that I feel when I read about them. Among the character the plot and actual setting are just as fascinating. The prison seriously creeps me out but who wouldn't be creeped is a weird yet intriguing world that you can't help but keep reading about.

The plot was interesting but I pretty much guessed some of the major plot points in this book in the beginning, which is fine but it was a tad predictable in some aspects, not all mind you, I was surprised quite a few times while reading. This a pretty good tale but definitely not a bedtime story.

Series: Incarceron (1), Sapphique (2)

Discussion Questions:
1. Claudia was portrayed as a very strong character, did you think bravery lead her steps into Incarceron or do you think she just played a card in the prisons hand?

I think she had her own mind and was truly trying to be her own person

 2. Although Jared and Claudia's relationship is purely student/ teacher....did you pick up any undercurrent of sexual tension between them?

I didn't at all...not at all.

3. Spill! What are your predictions for the next book {Sapphique}? What are you looking forward to/what do you hope gets explained before the grand finale?

I have no idea and don't even want to think about it...I have a copy of Sapphique, it will be moved up on the list :)

4. What do you think of the relationship between the Warden and the Queen in regards to the big picture?

I think the entire world and court were jacked up...I think their relationship is jacked too...everything.

5. Do you think that Finn is the only one besides Sapphique who has escaped or left Incarceron?

I think there has to be others...I mean it would mean the continuation of the series.

6. What is your take on the futuristic aspects mixed with the period clothing and mannerisms? Is this what would be considered Steampunk or is it more Science Fiction? 

I think this is more science fiction...because the era was forced and not natural.

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