Incarceron : Incarceron

  • by Catherine Fisher
  • Narrated by Kim Mai Guest
  • Series: Incarceron
  • 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Laurene

Creative and Entertaining

I enjoyed this book and thought that the narration was good.

The book is interesting for the first 30 minutes and then drags for an hour or so but once your're into it 2 hours it is great This book takes place in two worlds/dimensions, the "real world" and Incarceron. I found the portions about Incarceron to be more interesting, probably because it is a new and foreign world. The chapters in the book flip focus back and forth between Incarceron and the "real world". One chapter is about Incarceron, the next is about the "real world" and so on.

The book focuses on the parallel lives of the two main characters: Fin and Claudia. Both are trying to escape their own prisons, Finn who is literally trapped in Incarceron and Claudia whose life is like a prison.

This is a great book and I would and have recommended it to others. The world, people, creatures and concept of Incareceron is creative, interesting and entertaining.

I look forward to the second book: Sapphique, which should be released in Dec 2010.

Incarceron is a lot like Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. If you like Elantris then you will like Incarceron and vise versa.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2010
  • Publisher: Listening Library