Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron is a huge prison, underground perhaps, built years ago by scientists as a Utopian place to send all criminals and malcontents, a safe place away from the rest of civilization. Unfortunately, Incarceron has never been a decent place for its inhabitants – generations of prisoners have struggled daily just to survive to horrific conditions. Seventeen-year-old Finn lives in the prison, and even though it’s common knowledge that no one ever enters or leaves Incarceron, he has this eerie feeling he was born on the outside. In contrast, Claudia is the beautiful but arrogant daughter of the prison warden who lives in the outside world. She is being forced to marry Prince Caspar who is not very bright, but she will eventually end up as Queen of the Realm. Too bad for her that she can’t stand the sight of him! As different as their situations are, Finn and Claudia’s lives intersect in strange ways when they both discover a crystal key that lets them communicate with each other.
Although this story took me awhile to get involved in, it was totally interesting and fun once I got into it. The two parts of the world Fisher creates are extremely different, and both fascinating. In addition to the dark and depressing atmosphere of Incarceron, the world Outside is stuck in nineteen century, ruled by the Protocol devised to protect its citizens from science gone mad.
I recommend this book to fantasy and science fiction fans, in addition to any reader who enjoys fast-paced adventures. By the way, the sequel to this title is due out next December.
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