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Sapphique (Incarceron #2)
In the dark Prison of Incarceron, the prisoners tell tales of a legendary man – Sapphique, the only inmate ever to escape. There are hundreds of tales of his exploits, but are any of them true? Did he even exist?
Attia and Keiro certainly think so, and when they hear that a crazy magician called Rix is using Sapphique’s l...more
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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.
I don’t want to make it sound ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What I didn't like about it.... do you really want to spoil the good feeling of a good book w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It was just merely okay nothing more nothing less
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 ( ...more
Finn has Escaped from Incarceron, but is now living in another prison. The gaudy clothes, the lights, the fake people who don’t really believe he’s Giles… Even Claudia seems to be doubting him. While he wants her to believe in his identity, he doesn’t even believe it himself. The fits still come, and he rants and rages about the smallest things. Jared is dying; the medication only helps for a while, and then the pain comes back ...more
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Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups o ...more
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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”
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.”