Book Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron is a prison unlike any other: Its inmates live not only in cells, but also in metal forests, dilapidated cities, and unbounded wilderness. The prison has been sealed for centuries, and only one man, legend says, has ever escaped.
Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, can’t remember his childhood and believes he came from Outside Incarceron. He’s going to escape, even though most inmates don’t believe that Outside even exists. And then Finn finds a crystal key and through it, a girl named Claudia.
Claudia claims to live Outside—her father is the Warden of Incarceron and she’s doomed to an arranged marriage. If she helps Finn escape, she will need his help in return. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost far more than they know.

Incarceron has a great plot and great characters. Told from the perspective of Finn, a prisoner in Incarceron, and Claudia, the prison warden’s daughter who is being forced into an arranged marriage with a prince. The beginning of the book left me slightly confused at times because we aren’t given many details but rather jumped right into the story. Multiple storyline from both the past and the present made it a little hard to follow and I had to go back and re-listen several times because I was lost.  Ultimately I’m glad I stuck with it.  Once I had the characters figured out a wonderful dystopian, fantasy story unfolded that held my attention to the end.

Catherine Fisher has created an intriguing, mysterious world with her book Incarceron. Looking forward to the sequel Sapphique which is already downloaded and ready for me to listen.

Rating: 4 Stars

Content: some mild language

Source: Audio download from Overdrive