Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher from The Figment Reviewby Lilly Tuttle

I believe in diversity, except when it comes to books. Before reading Incarceron, furthest I’ve ever ventured into the genre of fantasy literature was reading a book about the Rolling Stones. And, to be completely honest… I don’t even think that I finished it.

When I got Incarceron, the first thing that drew me into the story was the cover. In fact, I think that I spent more time looking at the cover than I did reading. The ornate, crystal key and the golden numbers are mysterious and almost magical. They make you want to be a part of the story, which is a considerable improvement from what I had been reading right before that: the newest issue of TIME magazine.

Incarceron is essentially a parallel universe. No one on Earth knows that it exists, and no one inside Incarceron knows how to get out. On top of that, most of Incarceron’s inhabitants don’t even believe that the Outside exists. But Finn Starseer, one of the two main characters in the story, doesn’t believe that Incarceron is alone in its existence.

Claudia, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of Finn. Her father is the Warden of Incarceron and, for all her haughtiness, a kind young woman and a serious student. When Claudia and Finn connect their worlds, they begin to uncover secrets; not just about Incarceron, but also about themselves.

Overall, this book is very realistic. It is also very fantastical, but in a tasteful way. Instead of creating an inhuman world and tossing a few random people into it, Catherine Fisher created an inhuman world and tossed characters into it. The emotions and ideals that the characters possess mirror the setting and life of Incarceron, which leads to very understandable and plausible resolutions to problems.

In the end, emotions and ideals aside, Incarceron is simply amazing. I’m sure that I can talk all day about the “deeper” aspects, but it won’t change the fact that Ms. Fisher has created a literary masterpiece.

The best part? There wasn’t a single vampire.

Lilly is a young American who just so happens to live on the West Coast. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, and playing music.

2 thoughts on “Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

  1. Awesome! I’m reading this now. Well-written review and a good heads up. And I totally agree: “The best part? There wasn’t a single vampire.”

  2. An overall literary masterpiece. I am glad its gradually becoming more popular, and it was recently released in softcover, which isn’t as spectacular of an image but still incredulous. In case you were not already aware, the sequel to Incarceron, Sapphique, has also been published relatively recently. It picks up from where they left off and is a great follow through. I second the whole vampire thing. Anybody else too sick of roaming the library and seeing way to many immature, weird teen dramas and not enough actual literacy? Just wondering. Keep reading and writing to us.

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