Released: May 3rd 2007
Released: May 3rd 2007
Published by: Hodder Children's Book
Page Count is 458
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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 ... Description from goodreads.
Claudia's character is a whole different story. Her character is malicious, strong, and commanding. These traits are not typical of the usual characters found to be heroines, making the story feel fresh when you read it. Claudia's skill at lying and manipulation developed from growing up in the house of her father, the Warden of Incarceron, who is even more manipulative and sly then his daughter. Claudia fears her father and completely mistrusts him. They are always competing. Always playing the game. The game of lying. She was "bred" only for the Warden's purposes of ruling the thrown through marriage, as her father so loving puts it. His character is one you love to hate, but there is always a card hidden up the Warden's unwrinkled sleeve.
Constantly I was thrown loop after loop of the complexities of the novel. Incarceron was deceptive and wistful and alive! This idea intrigued me and made the book incredibly engaging. Magic and science played a huge role in this story as well. Protocol was heavily enforced on all the people living in the Realm, Outside of the world of Incarceron, where everyone lived in an era of manners, politics, and formality. This book, which was bought on a whim, most definitely deserves a top spot on every readers overflowing bookshelf.