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Incarceron Series

Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born …

  1. Story  – Getting Into It (6) This was a different story and I was able to get into despite the oddness of it.  Fisher differently thinks outside or maybe inside the box on this one.
  2. Story – Staying Interested (6) The story is exciting and the intrigue is there as long as the mystery is still there. Once you learn more and more about this world it loses some of its luster.
  3. Story – Finish (6) Fisher ended the first book well but the second book did not reach the same level as the first and I almost felt disappointed in the series by the end.
  4. Characters (6) The main characters are alright but I actually prefer some of the secondary characters. The main characters have annoying bits too them that irk me while the minor characters do bring that extra bit of enjoyment that helps propel these stories.
  5. Writing (7) Catherine Fisher writes a pretty good story with decent flow. The world was hard to describe which made it a little hard to follow but Fisher actually did a pretty good job.

Overall a 31/50 or 3.0 rating from me. A very different idea for a novel that Fisher does a good job to bring forth but the world loses its appeal with time and the characters start to rub you the wrong way but overall worth reading.

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