INCARCERON is a story that is an imaginatively rich and uniquely different from anything you have ever read before. A Gothic, enigmatic, steam punk adventure tale that will slowly seep into your mind and flourish there.
Catherine Fisher's INCARCERON is a novel of a an unprecedented penitentiary system created in a dystopian world that is self sufficient, complex and vast beyond any one's imagination. All of those that inhabit the prison can never leave and It is believed by those outside of it's walls to be a Utopian society but nothing could be more contradictory.
INCARCERON centers on two characters from both sides of it's prison walls. Finn is on the inside, part of a cut throat group of bandits that terrorize it's inhabitants. Although Finn is part of this group he does not feel as if he ever truly belonged to it or to Incarceron itself. A fact that his blood brother Kiero does not understand but tolerates because it is believed that Finn is a star seer; a person receiving guidance from Sapphique the only person to have ever escaped Incarceron.
Claudia is on the outside, daughter to the warden of Incarceron. Engaged to wed the Queen's son and too smart to withstand the insipid folly of court politics, but an unfortunate pawn in her father's wishes for power. She dreams for a different life, one of freedom from society's tyranny and for her lost betrothed whom had died many years before.
What happens between these two character's that sets them on the same path is mind bending. You will be sent on an adventure that is full of plot twists and drops that will leave you thunderstruck and just as you think you have it all figured out the rug gets pulled from underneath you and all you want is more more more. I will admit to having a bit of a struggle within the first fifty pages because the world that Catherine Fisher created is so complex and detailed that my mind was working overtime to process it all but I am glad that I was tenacious and stayed with it. Once I absorbed this new world into my brain I was reluctant to leave it and was consumed by it's story and cast of memorable characters that rounded out this astonishing book. I cannot wait for Saphhique the next book in this series.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure, intrigue and imaginative story telling at it's very best.
I wanted to thank Sophie from So Many Books, So Little Time for sending me this book. I really enjoyed it and cannot thank her enough for it :)