Sunday, February 28, 2010

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Claudia has spent her whole life to marry the prince and heir to the kingdom. The only thing--the heir has changed. Her first betrothed died suddenly, or did he? Court intrigue and politics have found their way to her home as she prepares for the wedding that will make her queen.

Finn has spent at least three years in Incarceron--a type of prison. No one has ever gone in or out, so the people closest to Finn don't believe he's ever been Outside. The prison is alive and keeping an eye on him and the thousands of other people trapped in its depths. There are several levels or wing to the prison, and as Finn and his friends try to escape, they find more than they bargain for.

Claudia and Finn communicate through crystal keys they each have. Claudia believes he is her missing betrothed, while Finn is just happy there's an Outside to the prison, and hopefully a means for his escape.

Interesting concept for this book. The future is bleak and set in the past. The prison life is a little violent, but the story is solid. It does take a while to get going, but once the story picks up and the characters start moving, it goes quickly. Sounds like there will be a sequel too.

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