Incarceron

Paperback | February 8, 2011

byCatherine FisherIllustratorSammy YuenEditorS November

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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 . . .

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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 Outs...

Catherine Fisher is an acclaimed novelist and poet, and has written many fantasy books for young people. She lives in Wales.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.15 inPublished:February 8, 2011Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0142418528

ISBN - 13:9780142418529

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It has a mind of its own ''Have you ever talked to Incarceron, Maestra? In the darkest night when everyone else is asleep? Prayed and whispered to it? Begged it to end the nightmare of nothingness? That’s what the cell-born do. Because there is no one else in the world. It is the world.'' This book really caught my attention with it's shiny silver key and clockworks. The cover screams Steampunk, and that's exactly what I found in it. Our two protagonists, Finn and Claudia, both have very different goals. While Claudia desperately wants to see the prison her father, the Warden, has been keeping her away from all her life, Finn dreams of getting out. The only thing getting in their way is the prison itself. Incarceron has a mind of its own, it is everywhere and sees everything. Catherine Fisher created a very complex world and equally complex characters.Claudia came off as a spoiled brat at first but the more I read, the more I liked her. I began to understand why she wanted to see Incarceron so much. Claudia is an intelligent and strong character and she will do whatever she needs to reach her goals, no matter how dangerous it is. I loved reading about Claudia. I have mixed feelings about Finn and I have not yet decided if I like him or not. Finn has no memories before Incarceron and clearly he is confused. He gets flashes of what he believes was his life when he was Outside and despite what everybody says, he refuses to believe he is Cell-Born. And this is exactly where my feelings get mixed. Does he lack personality or is it that he doesn't have one because he doesn't even know who he is to begin with? Overall I really liked Incarceron. Catherine Fisher did an amazing job, creating something very unique. I have high hopes for Saphique, Incarceron's sequel. Hopefully we will learn more about Finn and spend a little more time with Keiro and Attia. They both fascinate me and they really grew on me.
Date published: 2012-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book, is a MUST read. So many twists that leave the reader on their toes. The Second You Read The First Page to the Second You Read The Last Page, you will be mesmerized.
Date published: 2011-04-16

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“Fisher creates a world of danger and suspense that will keep readers ensnared.”–BookPage “Fisher scores a resounding success in this beautifully imagined science fantasy… Complex and inventive with numerous and rewarding mysteries.”–The San Francisco Examiner “TOP PICK! Readers will be left anxiously awaiting a sequel.”–Romantic Times “Fisher’s characters are emotionally resonant, flawed, determined, and plagued by metaphysical questions... With some well-timed shocking twists and a killer ending, this is a must have.”–Booklist “Fisher’s dystopic future, in which technology and decay coexist in a dazzling kaleidoscope of images and time periods, is brilliantly realized… Elegant, gritty, often surprising.”–The Horn Book “Fisher scores a resounding success in this beautifully imagined science fantasy.”–Publishers Weekly “By delving into the philosophy of imprisonment and the development of society; discussing how history informs the present; and exploring self-awareness and sentience in nonhuman characters, Incarceron becomes something of a tour de force.”–School Library Journal “A far-future thriller combines riveting adventure and masterful world-building with profound undertones… Like the finest chocolate, a rich confection of darkness, subtlety and depth, bittersweet and absolutely satisfying.”–Kirkus Reviews “An imaginative adventure unlike any other. There's a dark sophistication to it that sets it apart and makes it a delicious read.”–Deseret News