Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
By: Ben Weber
Incarceron, a living prison. This prison was made a long time ago and all of the major villains of the time were locked away never to be seen again. This is until Finn came along. Finn can not remember his childhood but knows he is from the outside world which is a futuristic medieval times. Hope of escape was non-existent to Finn and his friends until they found a crystal key. This key was not one of a kind but a duplicate. This duplicate was found by a baroness in the outside world named Claudia. Claudia’s “father” was the keeper of Incarceron and wanted his legacy to live on so Claudia was forced to marry for a second time (the first one ending in her fiance’s death). Finn and Claudia have to work together by speaking through the keys to help Finn escape. Though once he escapes he must help Claudia get out of her arranged marriage.
The parts I found most interesting were that the time period was a futuristic medieval times. This was possible due to the technology they had at the time. This technology allowed the people of the world to live in any time period they wanted. They chose to live in the medieval times. At first I did not know why they would want to live in this time, because it was so terrible. Then I thought about it and realized that they chose this time, because now the people that wanted to rule could be kings and queens. It is also interesting how Catherine Fisher wrote the book in dual perspective. Meaning every other chapter she would switch characters. This allows the reader to enjoy two separate stories that are tied together in the end. The only problem that I had with her style is that her main characters were larger than life. They never seemed to fatigue or falter in their want to escape. When everyone is telling you there is no outside I can’t believe they did not lose faith. Maybe it is because I have never wanted something that badly but I am not so sure.
Catherine Fisher uses many metaphors throughout the book. What with the living prison and talking keys how could you not. Her writing style is very suspenseful in the fact that you never know what is coming next. I mean, there may be a clue or two hidden in there somewhere, but never a major revelation. She is also very descriptive whenever Finn and his friends enter a new room of the prison I feel as though I am actually there and when there was rust dust in the air I swear I tasted it. Though this detail was never to much at one point like other books (Cough Cough Lord of the Rings Cough).
The type of audience that would like this book is anyone that likes to read. I know that sounds cliche but it is true. Incarceron has a little bit of everything for every reader. There is fantasy in the setting of being is a technologized medieval world as well as in the fact that there is a living prison. There is the mystery of who is really who. Is The Warden actually Claudia’s father or is it all just and act, and who really is Jormanric. There is also a twist for murder mystery lovers but I am not going to give anything away. In the outside world there is many science references that people that like to read about the real world my enjoy. The only people I might not satisfy is people who are into reading history so there is nothing here for you sorry. “I want to continue reading whenever I had to put it down” says a reader (Me).