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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Incarceron

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Incarceron
by Catherine Fisher

pub: Jan 2010

464 pages


Synopsis:
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 is ever-watchful, and ever-vengeful -- and a typical medieval torture chamber. 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 Incarce
ron, 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 ...

Incarceron is like Häagen-Dazs ice cream, wonderful and of the highest quality, but enjoyed slowly. Incarceron is not an adrenalin fueled thrill ride but from the ingeniously written first pages, it sucked me in.

For the most part it consists of Finn and Claudia uncovering the truth about each other's respective worlds. It's done very well. I normally like faster paced books that give me jolts of excitement but this steady read kept me consistently engaged and turning pages, needing to know the end but sorry when it was over.

Finn is in Incarceron and Claudia, the warden's daughter, is on the outside. Through a little magic they are able to communicate.

Claudia is surprised that Finn wants to escape since the outside world has been told Incarceron is somewhat of a paradise. She has her own problems because she is slated to marry this creepy future king. She agrees to help him escape.

Yeah, I said king. Fisher ha
s this crazy imagination and I loved it. Incarceron is a story set in the future, with amazing technology and advancements. HOWEVER, a while back the king decreed that people had to live like they were in the17th century, as far as ideals, dress and language.

The Protocol also includes the
banned usage of anything automated. So while their world is run by computers, society is living in the past. Time has essentially been banned. I found this whole concept unique and a lot of fun.

In every chapter, I felt like I was reading the final twist only to happily discover that there was more. Yes, I got answers but they gave me more questions. Fisher parts out relevant information to help you slowly piece together the truth. Peeling back the layers is like a Christmas morning treat - opening this huge box only to find another brightly wrapped package inside, then another and another, until you finally get to the treasured nugget.

I enjoyed Fisher's writing style and her ch
aracterization is excellent. Her wonderful description has this unique world dancing off the pages. It comes alive. A few things were predictable. I figured out the mystery behind Finn's past but I loved where it was going and was satisfied, not disappointed, when I was right. It's the journey, folks, and this one is worth the price of the ticket - or book in this case.

Toward the end Fisher changes perspectives like a schizophrenic watching Rain Man.

Pictured: The idiot that lost the key in the first place

This can get confusing, switching quickly between several characters, but you're so engrossed in the story, who cares? Just buckle down and pay attention. And, quite frankly, you have to be on your game as
you read this anyway. It is complex - in a good way - and really gets you thinking. It caused a few family discussions in the Kirk house.

Incarceron is great! Definitely a read for those who like a good mystery and intriguing, complex plots. And FYI, there's no sex or language so I can recommend it for younger readers too.

The Cover: Of the two, I like the one with the blue key. It's really cool! The other one is dull and boring.

First Lines: "Finn had been flung on his face and chained to the stone slabs of the transit way. His arms, spread wide, were weighted with links so heavy he could barely drag his wrists off the ground. He couldn't raise his chest to get enough air. He lay exhausted, the stone icy against his cheek. But the Civicry were coming at last."

Good first lines. It gets the reader curious and the next few pages really deliver!

The sequel, Sapphique, is due out in Jan 2011. I'd post the synopsis but it has too many spoilers about Incarceron so don't read the blurb until you finish Incarceron.

I think it sound
s fantastic and I'll be first in line for a sequel. I did find two covers. I prefer the US cover (the one with the keyhole) for the same reason I like the US cover for Incarceron...because it's super cool.
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117 comments:

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

sounds like a good book and its on to read pile.

Rebecca said...

Incarceron looks really good. I can't wait to read it.

asides said...

This one is in my TBR list, will have to give it a go.

Ryan G said...

Sounds wonderful and a book I will have to add to my ever growing wish list pile.

Jeff & Nicole said...

This is one that I cant wait to get my hands on! And I agree, US covers are definitely better! Love them.

Dreamer said...

I'm dying to read it XD
Sounds very good and the cover (specially the 1st) it's awesome *3*

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

Sounds good! I really want to read this..I prefer the US cover too :)

Christa Holland said...

I'm so excited to read this book! Love the cover (I agree the blue one is much better) and the plot sounds fascinating!

elizabeth said...

I really want to read this book! But I promised myself I won't buy anymore books until I read some of the ones I have sitting on my desk.

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I was surprised to see that this book already have been optioned for, and is turning into a movie soon!

Tales of a Teenage Book Lover said...

I read this one and gave it 4 stars.

Lindsay's Photographys said...

I can't wait for the movie!!!! :D:D

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

FAB post.
I need to try this one.

Orchid said...

I can't wait to read Incarceron. It sounds so good. :)

donnas said...

Great review. I have this on my wishlist. I have been reading many many great things about it.

Adriana said...

I really want to read Incarceron. It sounds interesting so I'm glad to hear it's a good book.

Kathrin said...

Oh, that's on my Mt. TBR! I can't wait to get to it, but I still have so many other books to read...

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I have this on my wishlist & I'm glad that it's really great book!

Stephanie said...

Oh, this sounds really good! Gonna have to add it to my wish list. Great review!

Kathy Martin said...

I have been thinking about reading this book for quite a while. I'll have to keep it in mind if I can ever see over the top of my TBR pile.

Kirthi said...

Those are all beautiful covers, but I have to say that I go with the american cover :D
I love Haagen-Daz ice cream, and if Icarceron is like Haagen-Daz, then it really must be good (delicious)! I heard that there making this into a movie, is that picture from the movie?

Book Addict Girl said...

Oooooh, I do like a good mystery boook. Note to self: must check it out!

Patty said...

I want to read this one SO much! I know that I'll be picking it up soon.

Sasha said...

I'm totally in love with these covers! they're gaaawjus!!

Sapphire said...

Great review I want this book!!! The US cover are amazing, love them!!!

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I have been hearing a lot about this book and it sounds really good. I really like the idea of the 17th century clothing, etc. in a world of technology. Kind of reminds me of Dune. I heard they were making this into a movie. Do you think it would make a good film?

Aye.Me? said...

The whole premise of this book sounds awesome, but I have seen quite a few negative reviews. After this review, I'm still interested in checking it out though.
The red cover gives me a whole different idea of the tone of the book. I much prefer the one with the blue key too.

thekams said...

I just started Incarceron last night. So far I'm loving it, so it was nice to see such a good review of it. I'm excited to continue reading!

twipippi said...

I need to get this book soon, because I really want to read it now. Great review!

InfinitePlaylist said...

A Häagen-Dazs comparison? This book has to be amazing! *_* I like the cover with the blue key a lot better, too!

tweezle said...

GREAT review! Sigh... another to add to my never ending wish list :) I'm with you, blue key.

Tina said...

So great covers! :)Love the SAPPHIQUE one. And nice review :D

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I just love this cover. I'm really into skeleton keys right now, so that's part of it. Plus I love the colors. OH and the book sounds good too ;)

May said...

Great review! I first fell in love with Incarceron's gorgeous blue and black cover before even knowing what the story is about. This book has been on my wishlist for ages though.

Jo said...

Great review! I've seen this book about on several blogs but never been quite sure about it until your review. It sounds brilliant! I can't wait to read it myself! Thanks for the review!

Nicole said...

I loved this book! It was so imaginative. I can't wait for the sequel!

Jessica Secret said...

Thanks for the awesome review! I just got this one for my birthday-I can't wait to read it!

misskallie2000 said...

I love a good mystery that's intriguing, and has complex plots.
Of course a little romance thrown in is always a plus..LOL
Thanks for the great review.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

throuthehaze said...

Great review! I actually have Incarceron but haven't read it yet...I need to get on that :)

Precious said...

Awesome review! I've been hearing great things about Incarceron! But I've also heard negative reviews.

Marianna said...

Yet another book to add to my TBR list. And I love the more elaborate cover, def.

TJ said...

This is one of the YAs that I want to read very, very badly! D:

Faye said...

I still have 2 read this one! yeah, I'm going 2 B the 1st one in line for book 2! you can be 2nd, lol jk :D

MannaB said...

I also prefer the cover with the blue key, but I hadn't seen the other cover before today

Amber Skye said...

I just bought this book, and I can't wait to read it. It looks amazing :)

babygirlG said...

I'm so intrigued by the book now!

Audrey; (AyC) said...

OMG I want to read this one SO BAD! even before all the hype (its rereleasing right now)

vonze said...

I've heard good things about this book everywhere! I need to buy it asap!

Sassy CC said...

incarceron- I want to read it so much, have heard great things and apparently for good reason.
Thanks for the spoiler alert on the sequel must stay away.

Seahn

Rheanna said...

I like the sound of Incarceron because I like the idea of being run by technology but living in the past. Interesting view I'll have to check this one out for sure. Thx for the review!

Hesperus said...

I've been looking for a proper review of this book. Thanks! Like you, I like fast paced stories but I keep wondering if this will be a good read.

Anyway, thanks. :)

Dwayne said...

Err - the UK cover does not seem to live up to the plot. The US cover entices better. But we had the earlier release date so I it's a fair trade ;p

Glory said...

Great review! But i dont like that books...

oO Mariana Oo said...

I had seen the book while ago, but it was until a few days ago that I actually discover what was about. I really like dystopian books and Im considering to read it soon.
Great Review!

Lily Child said...

Awesome review! I just loved this book and absolutely can not wait for the sequel!!! :)

btw...Alyssa has an award: http://lillybook.blogspot.com/2010/03/blog-award.html

aprilnichole said...

I seen mixed reviews about this one but it is still one that I want to check out.

andrea said...

I've heard good things about Incarceron... I'm not sure if I'd buy it soon but maybe it would be nice if falls into my hands some other way...

elbereth said...

Thanks for the great review! I'll add it to my reading list. xD

The Book Vixen said...

I've had this book on my wishlist for a while. The cover is simply beautiful (the one with the blue key) and definitely caught my eye. Great review!! I love that you compared the book to "Häagen-Dazs ice cream" - now that's my kind of book!!

aqtbenz said...

Sounds great! Thanks for the awesome review!

Sharli said...

I'm loving the sound of this book! The plot is very original an exciting! And now you've compared it with Häagen-Dazs so I have to read it lol

Great review! (as usual) :)

Misty said...

Mmm, Haagen- Dazs...
I really want to read this one. And I love the cover.

xxsquigglesxx said...

The cover with the blue key is soooo pretty! This book looks like it's really good.

Lorielle said...

I really want to read this book! It's on my wish list. :) Thanks for the great review, as usual!

Liz said...

this book has a great idea^^ i love it!! i wanna read it XD

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I'm in the mega book giveaway!

pepsivanilla said...

I've been wanting to read this book. Thanks for the review!

Amanda Leigh said...

This book is on my wishlist. It sounds like something I'll love. Great review!

IsabeLeeta said...

I think this is the kind of book that will give you a good dose of mental aerobics, not in a bad sense, but it will help you focus by keeping you intrigued.

brandileigh2003 said...

I can't wait to read this one

jen said...

This sounds pretty excellent. And the cover is intriguing.

Kailia Sage said...

great review! can't wait to read this book!

Jen said...

This sounds like a unique and fun book. I wanted to read it before reading your review, but now it looks even better! Great review!

Sarah said...

I've been wanting to read this book for awhile now. Thanks for the review!

Jessy said...

I really enjoyed this, but it's been really hard to get my hands on a copy of Sapphique. I might have to wait a year for it to release in the US.

elaing8 said...

great review.i 'll have to add this to my list.

Little Miss Youngblood said...

Good review! It seems interesting, and I'm getting really curious about it, so I think I'll read it. :P

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

I was curious about this one, it looks great! I love books that make you question things along the way so this is officially moving to my wishlist :)

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Ooo...I've been hearing pretty much good reviews about this one, so I added it to by TBR list. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll have to get me a copy eventually....Thanks for the review! :)

Amy said...

Ohhhh now it sounds so enticing! I love how you compared it to Haagen-Dazs! Good example; my copy of INCARCERON is tempting me right now on my desk but I'm going to hold off and savor the feeling before I start.. (=

Jacob Rice said...

I can't wait to read this. I just ordered it off Amazon.

Haku said...

wow Incarceron sounds like the movie "The Cube" a futurist world, prision, etc, that's great! I'd like to read it, the review is nice! so thanks for the post. I Love Incarceron Cover!

bookaholic said...

I do not like sci-fi books with technology but you make this sound really interesting!! And I have to agree with you that the cover with the blue key is way cooler than the other one! Thanks so much for the review!

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Sawika56 said...

When I read your great reviews and see "ThisAwesomeBook is one of the many great books available in our MegaBook Giveaway" i want to take a first flight and settle in USA. Why, o why I have to live in Poland!? In my country they didn't even published majotiry of books you're writing about... Is really bad feeling xD

mariska said...

A Great reviews Jake ! you make me want this book more :)

Bunny B said...

Great review! I've heard good things about this book :) And I too like the blue key cover better.

GABY said...

Wow, this book sounds great. The cover didnt do anything to me, but your sinopsis did!! I want to read it, because as you said, the concept is unique!

Thanks for the review

Alexa said...

I've read a bunch of good reviews on this book and I can't wait to read it for myself now!

Sheere said...

I really like the summary of this book, sci-fi is my thing!

pitu572 said...

i like than althought there are plenty of sci-fi future books, this one seems out of the norm with all of the 17th century stuff. Found the blue key cover a lot more interesting

deeba said...

LOVE the cover for Sapphique, still need to find this book! can't wait to read it.

Jenny N. said...

It sounds like a exciting read. I like the US covers better too.

Lea said...

I've had my eye on this one for awhile, and now I'm convinced that I must read it. Fantastic review! :D

Jen said...

I've had this book on my TBR pile for awhile but just haven't gotten around to reading it yet but you have definitely convinced me to pick it up now. You did a great and thorough job with this review....Thanks!

mariska said...

The Blue Key cover catches my attention more ! more 'mysterious' to me :)

A Life Bound By Books said...

First off, I agree on the covers. I like the US ones more then the UK's. There's just something more to the US covers that draws me in.

I just got this book a couple weeks ago, it's somewhere kind of at the top of my TBR list. I've heard mixed reviews about it, however yours really paints a clear picture of the book. I'm looking forward to this book all over again.

As always, thanks guys!
-Lisa

Sarah said...

I have been wanting to read this novel for a while now! It sounds really good.

Sandra Stiles said...

You did an excellent job with the review. I have just started this one. I agree with you about the cocvers. I like the U.S. covers best. That is what first caused me to pick up the book. I look forward to the sequel.

Brodie said...

Awesome! I really think I'm going to enjoy Incarceron. I have it coming this week so I'm even more excited to read it now. It sounds so unique, I think I'm in for a good week of reading :D

Shy said...

I saw the cover of this book when someone vlogging about it. OMG, I've never, ever, saw anything as pretty as this one! Kinda make me drool there *lol* It's good to hear that the story is very good as well. Cannot wait to read this one myself!

Raspberry said...

I haven't read this one either, but it sounds fabulous. I think I'll have to be in a specific mood - after all, Fisher's books can be kind of 'out there'. :)

Dahlia said...

Great review! This sounds really good! I'll definitely have to get this. :)
I agree about the covers. The US ones are much better.

mariska said...

Sapphique cover is great. And we'll have to wait for another 10 months for it ! can't wait for it :)

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

Ahh this sounds great. I have it but i've only read the first couple of pages. I really need to just sit down and get lost in it. Thanks for the awesome review!

melissa @ 1lbr said...

The book totally blew me away! I loved it - crazy, unique and intense.

Haku said...

nice review, the cover is great too so hope read this book, now is in my next read list ;) thanks for the post!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

After hearing a ton of great things about Incarceron, I caved and bought it about two weeks ago. I haven't gotten around to reading it, but your fantastic review has me wanting to move it a little higher on my list.

EVA SB said...

This is one of the books I really realy want to read. and that feeling is only stronger after reading this review.

I just love the idea of time being banned and the anachronistic mix of technology with an 'historical lifestyle'

Ina said...

mhh... I haven't heard about these books yet, but they sound interesting - I think I've to check them out...soon... *gg*

Bhumi said...

I like the ice cream simile, Jake :)

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Ooh, I'm intrigued. I've heard both good and bad things about this one but it sounds like something right up my alley. Thanks for your review!

Jenn-ay said...

I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this one, but now I think I do. And I prefer the cover with the blue key as well.

Kelly said...

I have heard a lot of good things about this book, but not so many good things about the sequel Sapphique (which is currently out in the UK right now). I don't know if I want to pick it up or not because I can't not see a series through to the end, so I am undecided! Ohhhh the frustration!

Cleverly Inked said...

I love complex books..My kind of read

Zombie Girrrl said...

I love that the prison almost seems like another character. This sounds reall, really good! Can't wait to read it!

Bani said...

I've been hearing this book mentioned quite often. The premise definitely sounds unique. Almost bought it at the bookstore the other day. Going to read it for sure eventually.

Kian said...

O.O this website is wierd...but now i can do my book report without reding the book ^_^

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