Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Posted April 27, 2013 by Sophia
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Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Review: Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron #1
Published by Firebird on February 8, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Physical
Source: Library


Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden's daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive . . .

I didn’t think I would like Incarceron. The synopsis wasn’t very appealing during the selection at the book club meeting. The only thing that I found appealing was the very fact that a prison is “alive” and has a mind of it’s own.

Finn is one of the prisoners of Incarceron, with no memories whatsoever from his childhood and believes that he has not been a part of Incarceron his entire life as others say. The Warden’s Daughter, Claudia, is trying to escape an arranged marriage as a part of a scheme she doesn’t want to be a part of for certain reasons and claims that Finn is from the Outside.

Both Claudia’s and Finn’s views are from separate “worlds” but they both eventually cross-sect each other. I would be lying if I said I liked Claudia’s view over Finn. Finn’s view, however gloomy his life may seem, is more adventurous with avoiding the Winglord and trying to find an escape route from Incarceron. Claudia’s view, on the other hand, seems to be more of… avoiding schemes and wanting no part of it after she finds out the end results.

Despite the fact that the end was, in fact, spoiled away by one of my friends, I thoroughly enjoyed Incarceron. Catherine Fisher creates a fictional world in a supposed paradise of an animate prison built from centuries ago (I would love to see the prison myself… minus the conditions… of course).

Sophia has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House crisis. Unlike her personality in blog posts, she's a socially awkward recent college grad who majored in Communications. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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2 responses to “Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

  1. I haven't read this one yet, but when you start a book without expecting anything, I think you'll tend to like that book. Glad that this one worked for you! Have a nice day, Sophia! 😀

    • I guess that's why I just go with the flow, read it and then measure any terrible or gushing judgements later 😀
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! 🙂