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Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a 17-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 seems 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 is 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. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.
©2010 Catherine Fisher; (P)2010 Listening Library
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By Laurene on 04-17-10

Exciting and imaginative

This is a bold, ingenious and consistently surprising fantasy, with very strong characters. One half of the story is like Tudor-era historical fiction, with a lot of court intrigue, and the other is a sort of post-apocalyptic steampunk prison-break action yarn. You have to hand it to Fisher for integrating them so smoothly. Anyone who likes Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will probably find this novel appealing. My one reservation is the narration. The American narrator decided to give all the character's "British" accents although she can't really do them. Some characters sound cockney, others sound Irish, others sound Australian and still others just sound bogus. It's really distracting/annoying.

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By Jennifer on 02-17-13

Another Take on Dystopia

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Claudia is living a nobel life, like a princess in a castle, but to her home feels like a prison. <br/><br/>Finn’s home really is a prison, but a prison like no other. This place is so vast it feels like a kingdom full of villages, and cities, forests, and swamps, beggars, thieves and people with power and influence; this is Incarceron. The place itself seems to have a mind of its own, it shifts and transforms itself to make life difficult for its inmates; escape feels so impossible that most are making the best of their life within the walls. <br/><br/>Finn is new to Incarceron; most believe he was born there, but he has glimpses of another life, another place, that make him wonder, and so he seeks to escape this dark metalic world.<br/><br/>A crystal key brings Claudia and Finn together, but the prison does not give up its people easily, even if it is to the warden’s daughter.<br/><br/>If you enjoy books about dystopian future world, or fantasy kingdoms, you might also enjoy: Maze Runner, by James Dashner, or Graceling, by Kristin Cashore.

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