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Sapphique (Incarceron #2)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  15,750 ratings  ·  1,555 reviews
Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but he doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment?
Paperback, 470 pages
Published September 18th 2008 by Hodder Children's Books
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
I give this about a B/B- - somewhere in between "Pretty good" and "Very nice".

This book was pretty good. I think I enjoyed it more than Incarceron, pretty much because I was familiar enough with the basic storyline and didn’t have to spend so much time figuring everything out. The pacing was pretty good, but the last 100 pages really, REALLY dragged…and it got to the point where I came dangerously close to not caring anymore…that’s not usually a good sign.

And yet…

I don’t want to make it sound
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Jessica

I swear that people simply must not get this series (I say “series” hopefully, because for right now it looks like there will only be the two books). I don’t mean that in some kind of pretentious, exclusive way, it’s just my only rationalization for why both books are only thisclose to being 4 stars. Are the wrong people reading them? Are people going in with certain, um, expectations and not feeling that they’re met? Do people just not want to do any real thinking?

I really need to stop sounding
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R.J.
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rachel
Sometimes when I'm sitting on the couch at night reading, loopy with exhaustion, I look over at my cats and start thinking about how weird it is that they're sentient beings who have feelings and communicate in ways that I will never understand. Then I pass out with my book on my face. But if you are like me and have a hard enough time grasping animal consciousness, then you will probably also have a hard time taking seriously the idea that a prison is not only a sentient being but wants to buil ...more
Jessica
Goodreads is asking me what I think.

I don't know what I think.

I loved the IDEA behind Incarceron, but really didn't connect to any of the characters. The ending, however, was so tense and surprising that I was very excited to read Sapphique.

But the first half of this book was the same people from Incarceron, having the same discussions and issues they'd had in that book. They hadn't learned anything from the first part of their adventures, they hadn't grown at all, and it was frustrating. But th
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Heather
I was so interested to read the follow-up to Incarceron that I ordered the UK version of Sapphique so I wouldn't have to wait until December to find out what happened to Finn and Claudia (and c'mon, having a UK edition is pretty cool, too).

MILD SPOILERS:

In Fisher's sequel, Finn's been sprung out of one prison and into another -- as future king of the Realm, he's trapped in all the usual politicking. He still can't remember his past life as Prince Giles, and he's plagued by memories (Keiro, trap
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Sarah
May 29, 2011 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Incarceron
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Leigh Hecking
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I'jaaz (The Magician of Mirrex)
Well...that was quite a ride. After 3 bathroom breaks, 2 snacks, 300 breaths, 10 pages and 7,504 catnaps, I have devoured a quite delicious wonder called "Sapphique" The things I liked about it...hm. Well, lets see. There's the steam-punk element, the dystopian drama, the royal intrigue, and the drool-worthy futuristic gadgets that is the pipe dream of any good CIA agent on the planet....or under it. ;P

What I didn't like about it.... do you really want to spoil the good feeling of a good book w
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Profundus Librum
Sajnos nem tudom azt mondani, hogy akinek tetszett évekkel ezelőtt az első rész, az biztosan élvezni fogja a folytatást, mert ez nem így van. Én legalább is biztosan nem élveztem ezt most annyira, sőt egy idő elteltével kifejezetten untam is, szívesebben olvastam volna valami mást, ennél egy árnyalattal sötétebb történetet inkább. A folytatásra egész egyszerűen túl sokat kellett várni, és az évek során az olvasó belefuthatott néhány kimagaslóan jó ifjúsági fantasybe is, vagy csak az ízlése válto ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I reviewed Incarceron a few weeks back and, although I didn't like it, I already had a copy of the ARC. Sapphique was not better than the first book in the series, but it was easier for me to get through, perhaps because I had much lower expectations. All of my problems with the first book still remain here.

The characters, all of them, are pretty much entirely unlikeable. Jared, Claudia's tutor, is the character I most liked, but the reader has known since the beginning of book one that he has a
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Bry
So yeah - I gave up. This book was a complete let down after how amazing the first book Incarceron was. But sadly my copy was due back at the library and considering I hadn't picked it back up in over a week and a half I figured I would rather spend my time reading books I am still interested in.

This book's worst problem (just as in the first book) was characterization. All of the characters were like cardboard cutouts. They told you a story but I didn't get any feeling from it. Not to mention F
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Krista (One Love) (Critical)
This just wasn't as good as the first.

I liked how Keiro and Attia were still trapped in the prison, so we weren't cut off from its awesomeness entirely, but somehow it didn't feel as interesting in this one. The character of Rix was pretty annoying and he thorougly grossed me out. I did like how Keiro and Attia stayed together, even though he claimed not to like her, you can tell he does.

What annoyed me was the lack of character development. Keiro, Attia, Claudia, and Finn all stay exactly the
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Kate
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Laura
I loved Incarceron, and perhaps had too high hopes for Sapphique... it's a good sequel, but not a great sequel. Part of that may have been my hope that it would be more like Fire was to Graceling than an addition to the original story - there's no reason for me to have thought that just wishing.

Anyway, Sapphique picks up shortly after Finn Escapes to Outside, with Claudia and Jared trying to figure out how to work the Portal and Sia trying to prove that Finn is not Prince Giles; Inside, Keiko an
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Beth
I still don't love these books. I think the story line is very interesting but the characters just aren't "something" enough - there is no one to really hate or love or pull for, so i don't have the connection. I also don't think there is enough back story. Why are they in this artificial time and what was the war about? It is mentioned but no real details.
Arminzerella
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Kristy
I still think this is a love child of Maze Runner and Finnikin of the rock. It reads so much like Finnikin, the fantasy, the hard to get into, the beautiful imagery.

Don't get me wrong, I really wanted to know if Finn was really Giles, if Kiero would escape Incarceron and if the Glove was the answer to it all, but something fell a little flat for me on this one about halfway through. I lost interest. The book probably could have been condensed (i feel the same way about #1). There is just a lot
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Emilie
I had such high hopes for this book. I had mixed feelings after reading Incarceron and thought maybe one needed to read the conclusion of this series in order to really get it. So, I special ordered Sapphique from the UK, since it won't be published in the US for another few months. What a huge let down this installment was!! This book made me feel like I must be some kind of idiot, because I just didn't get it! I am usually very quick to pick up on what's happening in the plots of books. I stil ...more
Sarah Heartburn
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Trisha Wolfe
I fell in love with the poetic writing and story of Incarceron. It was truly an amazing and original idea. Needless to say, being that this series is only two books, I had high expectations for this last installment. I didn’t get exactly what I craved from it. The writing is wonderful. I so clearly saw everything through the characters eyes. Taken back inside Incarceron with Attia leading her own journey, the charming and fierce Keiro beside her, we are lead on an emotional and powerful quest fo ...more
Anna B
[This review covers both books in the Incarceron series.]

Age Group: YA (utterly gratuitous mature language; mild graphic violence)
Pages: 448, 480
Rating: Idea 5★; Execution 2★
Genre: dystopia, sci-fi, & (some) fantasy with overtones of steampunk

Total: ★★1/2

Claudia lives in The Realm—a place where an Era of Victorianesque habit and aesthetic is enforced by a malevolent monarchy. She dreams only of escape from the life that has been planned for her. Her only solace is her tutor, Jared, who has b
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Francine
I wanted to wait until I'd read both Incarceron and Sapphique before I wrote my review. While each book stands on its own, I had to see where the story went (after finishing Incarceron) and how I felt about it.

Let me preface this by saying I didn't not like the book. If Goodreads allowed half stars for rating, I would've rated both as 2.5s. Personally, I thought Catherine Fisher was quite innovative in creating a Matrix-steam-punk-YA mash-up: in some future time, because of all the wars and rebe
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Alex Bennett
Many of you know that when I read Incarceron, I had very high expectations and was let down with it. So, naturally, I had low expectations this time around. And I was very pleased to find that I loved what I got this time!

The characters were hard to remember until you read a little bit and then most of the first book comes back to you and you suddenly recall all the happenings in Incarceron. So the characters that I wasn’t too fond of last time came back to me and I actually enjoyed reading abou
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Deniece
I didn't want to give anything less than a 3 because I really did enjoy Incarceron. But I was annoyed with this back an forth amongst the different stories. Claudia, Sapphique, Jared and Attia way too much....

It was just merely okay nothing more nothing less
Maree
I really didn't think I'd be that interested in spending so much time out of the prison, but I was pleasantly surprised by the suspense it held and the intrigue of the court and its plots. The prison world held it together as well, with a lot more appearances by the mind of the prison itself.

I also enjoyed following Jared around this time for a bit, and seeing the lengths he would go to. He and Claudia have such an interesting teacher/pupil/more? relationship, especially with his dying and all (
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Lynn
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An Odd1
** "Sapphique" by Catherine Fisher is a legendary hero who will rescue his people in two realms, with two couples. The large cast and complex double plot are deftly handled over 460 pages. Elements of advanced scientific technology mix with magic and medieval times. Cliffhanger perils and miraculous escapes all have a deus ex machina steampunk feel. Philosophical 'reality is a dream' and 'imagine the impossible' jumbles with myth and fairytale references. The ride is erratic, unpredictable, and ...more
Emily
If Incarceron was an unexpected hit for me, then Sapphique had the dubious task of having to follow up its predecessor. I sometimes feel bad for sequels, especially ones that have really big shoes to fill; needless to say, sometimes high expectations aren't always fair ones. I'm happy to say that Sapphique measured up to and exceeded my expectations across the board.

Sapphique picks up pretty much right where Incarceron leaves off; Finn has escaped Incarceron and been welcomed to court as the lon
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Jenn
Hmmm...well, that was interesting.

After reading the amazingness that was Incarceron, I was super excited to read Sapphique. Incarceron just left us with so many questions. Mostly what would happen to Finn and Claudia? Amd just how alive is Incaraceron?

Sapphique started with Attia, who, after being left by Finn, had seperated from Keiro and was wondering Incarceron by herself, looking for a way out. Whereas the first book stuck to mostly just the POV's of Claudia and Finn, Sapphique told the stor
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Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.

Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups o
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“Once Incarceron became a dragon, and a Prisoner crawled into his lair. They made a wager. They would ask each other riddles, and the one who could not answer would lose. It it was the man, he would give his life. The Prison offered a secret way of Escape. But even as the man agreed, he felt its hidden laughter.
They played for a year and a day. The lights stayed dark. The dead were not removed. Food was not provided. The Prison ignored the cries of its inmates.
Sapphique was the man. He had one riddle left. He said, "What is the Key that unlocks the heart?"
For a day Incarceron thought. For two days. For three. Then it said, "If I ever knew the answer, I have forgotten it."
--Sapphique in the Tunnels of Madness”
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“The Stars.
Jared slept beneath them, uneasy in the rustling leaves.

From the battlements Finn gazed up at them, seeing the impossible distances between galaxies and nebulae, and thinking they were not as wide as the distances between people.

In the study Claudia sensed them, in the sparks and crackles on the screen.

In the prison, Attia dreamt of them, She sat curled on the hard chair, Rix repacking his hidden pockets obsessively with coins and glass discs and hidden handkerchiefs.

A single spark flickered deep in the coin Keiro spun and caught, spun and caught.”
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