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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
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Aug 18, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy

TCL Call#: YA Fiction Fisher C

Madeleine - 5 stars
Fantastic teen fiction!You could not guess what was going to happen next where all the action takes place inside a prison world where the prision itself sees all. It brings up questions of good and evil and what happens when society tries to "correct" itself by denying "the bad".


Chris’s Rating – 4 stars
Flinn, a prisoner of the “paradise” known as Incarceron, insists that he was born outside of the dark world and massive labyrinth that is all anyone who lives there knows. He can’t accept the fact that no one enters or leaves Incarceron—ever. Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron faces troubles of her own. She has had everything she could ever want besides the freedom to plan her future as she wants it. Tied to an arranged marriage with a useless prince who lives in constant debauchery, she seeks a means to escape. Both have great need, and when by chance their lives cross, each hopes the other can save them from their predicament.

I was kind of startled by the start of the book with how dark the world Flinn finds himself in actually is. While the outside world thinks Incarceron (which is a living Prison which executes “justice” without remorse) is a paradise, it is anything but. However, this darkness, in the end makes the fact that neither land, inside or out of the prison, is perfect and both have great troubles. The story line was interesting and creative, although parts of it (particularly relating to Flinn) were all too predictable. Young readers who enjoy a mix of steampunk with seemingly inescapable troubles will like latch onto Incarceron and enjoy the read (or in my case, the listen).

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