Thursday, February 18, 2010

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

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

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Wow. This one really takes my breath away. Catherine Fisher has created a wonderful story that she should be extremely proud of! I dare not say too much, because I don't want to give anything away! However, I will tell you...The characters are beautifully written and intricately woven in this work of brutality, loyalty, deception, and revelation. I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this. It was a very difficult book to set down. Fantasy as well as Science Fiction lovers will enjoy Fisher's dystopian tale. I highly recommend Incarceron, especially if you liked other works such as: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman and The Hunger Games bu Suzanne Collins. I highly anticipate Sapphique, the next book in the series. :)

Cover Art Commentary:
Beautiful. The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous! It also has several key meanings that you'll only discover if you read the book! ;)

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  1. I have this one - I tried to read it once, but only got a few pages in it was not "the right time" I am hoping - it sounds amazing and your review has made me want to pick it up even more LOL

  2. I want to read this, too, the cover, also!

  3. I'm glad you liked it! I just won this, and I'm hoping the book lives up to the hype. Your review of it gives me high hopes. :-)

  4. I've been planning on picking this one up, but I'm waiting for paperback.

    That and I have too many series as is! D:

  5. SOunds awesome..I can't afford any new books right now. Vaca broke the bank

  6. I now have a problem: to start Incarceron now or make myself wait until my pile has gone down.

    It sounds so good! Thanks for the review, Lily! :)

  7. It was hard to put down - so true!!

  8. @Jenn
    I do hope you pick it up again in the future! I really enjoyed it and think you will too! Btw...I have started Fallen! :P

    Thanks hon! I really enjoyed reading it! :)

    Oh yay! It really is amazing. The cover is awesome, right?!

    W00T! I look forward to your review! :)

    I know! Too many books, too little time, right?! What kills me is that the first and second books in this series are already available in the UK! Here we just have the first in hardcover! I really do think you'll like it!

    @Cleverly Inked
    I know. I wasn't going to buy anymore hardcovers, but I just couldn't resist this one! :P

    Hehehe! I really think you'll like it! I thought about you and TJ when I read it. I definitely want to read more of Fisher's work now! :P

    I really enjoyed this book. I truly hope the sequel isn't too bad. I know you didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. Thank you again for your review! :)

  9. I've been looking at this one, looks like I need to give it a try. It seems dystopian novels are all the rage right now in blogland. Very nice review!

  10. I'm ordering this one off of Barnes and as I type this...It's my birthday weekend and they are having free shipping on orders over $10 if your a member or $25 if your not. I can hardly wait for it to arrive!

  11. I am in the middle of this one and completely agree. Great book that totally sucks you in! Fantastic review. Can't wait to finish since now I know it won't disappoint!

  12. @Donna
    I enjoy a good dystopian novel every now and then! I think that our reading tastes are similar, so I bet you would enjoy this as well! :)

    @The Book Junkie
    Yay! Can't wait to read your review! What an awesome deal! :)

    I look forward to your review! They're always amazing! I just can not say how much I loved this book! :)

  13. The sequel is good, just not as good as this one. It's still very much worth reading though, especially considering how much you loved the first one!

  14. @Lenore
    Oh yay! I was a little worried...I imagine this is hard work to top. Thanks for the encouragement! :)