Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Emilia's Review on Incarceron

Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: January 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Series: Incarceron #1
The Other Books: Sapphique
Extras: Trailer
A prison like no other. It gives life. It deals death. It watches all.

Incarceron is a prison unlike any other: Its inmates live not only in cells, but also in metal forests, dilapidated cities, and unbounded wilderness. The prison has been sealed for centuries, and only one man, legend says, has ever escaped.

Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, can’t remember his childhood and believes he came from Outside Incarceron. He’s going to escape, even though most inmates don’t believe that Outside even exists. And then Finn finds a crystal key and through it, a girl named Claudia.

Claudia claims to live Outside-her father is the Warden of Incarceron and she’s doomed to an arranged marriage. If she helps Finn escape, she will need his help in return.

But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost far more than they know.
This review was updated on May 11, 2012.
This cover definitely has the main object that is described throughout the book. I saw the key and kind of wished it was real. It is such a cool key, with shiny foil.
Until from nowhere a sweating panic erupted and he heaved himself up and screamed, "Did you hear me! Stop! Stop!"

They came on.

The noise was unbearable. Now he howled and kicked and struggled, because the terrible momentum of the loaded trucks would slide relentlessly, loom over him, darken him, crush his bones and body in slow inevitable agony.
I heard Taylor Lautner was the lead for this book’s upcoming movie. I thought I might as well read it before the movie comes out.

Like Blood Red Road, I enjoyed the audiobook for this one. However, I did not use the audiobook for the whole book. I read too fast to keep in pace with the audio. So, I just put it away and will probably listen to it during a road-trip soon.

Incarceron is a jail that is alive. It has been alive for many, many years, and it watches its prisoners. It watches and listens. This thing is way creepy.

In the beginning, he is used as a distraction for his fellow Scum, to help them steal things from the Civicry. Scum are pretty much thieves and Civicry are like the people who follow rules and don’t sink too low like stealing and killing. Anyways, Finn meets this woman who recognizes his tattoo, and says it matches the key that the Civicry have found. Finn takes her hostage to find out more about this key.

Finn is a Star-Seer, which means he has visions of the Outside world. He thinks that he wasn’t born in Incarceron like the others. So when he does get the key from the woman, he tells Gildas who is like a professor but is known as a Sapienti. Gildas wants to escape to the Outside, and he thinks Finn can lead the way. Finn also brings along Keiro, his oath-brother, and Attia who is someone Finn saves along the way. They go through many different parts of Incarceron, which is a tough adventure.

On the outside, Claudia is preparing for her wedding to Lord Casper, the Queen’s son. Her father is the Warden of Incarceron, and has been preparing Claudia for this wedding for a long time. Claudia, on the other hand, hates the idea of being married to Casper, who is pretty much an idiot. She wanted to be married to Giles, the true prince, but he died. Claudia thinks he was murdered though, and with the help of her mentor Jared, she discovers more about Giles and Incarceron.

She finds a key similar to the one that Finn has. They start talking to each other through the keys, both working on helping him escape.

The characters were wonderful. Finn, sometimes he’s weak and sometimes he’s strong. Both make his character alive in a sense. He also will save another even though it puts his life in danger multiple times.

This book has a lot of mystery, adventure, fantasy, and many other things that put together perfectly. When you discover things about Incarceron, it blows your mind away. I really enjoyed this book and glad that this isn’t the end for Incarceron, with the sequel Sapphique already out.
The Incarceron series is a two part series. First book is Incarceron, and the second is Sapphique. Also, there is a movie that is supposed to be in production with Taylor Lautner playing Finn, so we will see how that plays out.

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