Book Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

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 excape, 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 lives 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.
Because Incarceron is alive.

This is the first book in a series.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it!  There was a lot of self-discovery among the main characters Finn, Claudia, the Warden, and Keiro; more than one would expect from a YA novel.  This was the first Catherine Fisher book I've read, and based on Incarceron, I'll be reading more from her in the future. 

Just One Gripe:
The darkness and grease, oil and machinery made me feel grimy while reading this book!

The Best Thing About This Book:
Claudia's strength of character.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters:  4/5
Plot:  4/5
Setting/Imagery:  3/5
Originality:  5/5
Ending:  4/5
Total Score:  20/25

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