In Their Words:
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seem impossible.
And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside—she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye, and escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Because Incarceron is alive.
I was really intrigued by this book. So intrigued, in fact, that I had to check it out from the library twice. I originally got it in my giant batch of books for my family trip to Montana, and it was one of the only books I didn’t finish. It was in too high of demand for me to just renew it, so I had to return it, re-request it, and pick it up again, before I could finally finish it.
Overall, I liked it. The world is fascinating; the characters slightly less so. I didn’t dislike any of them, but I didn’t really get attached. In fact, until the very end, I wasn’t planning to read beyond this first book. But a side character snuck up and stole my interest, so I’ll probably be reading Sapphique when it comes out (hopefully on the first try this time). I see a lot of potential for this series, and the book itself is very fast-paced and suspenseful.
This is a gorgeous book. The exterior is lovely, and it matches the interior so well. There are detailed, lovely-textured splash pages between each section of the book. And the cover shimmers.
3/5 but I’m looking forward to the sequel.