Read Common Sense Media’s Incarceron review, age rating, and parents guide. Catherine Fisher has crafted a masterpiece for young people in which. Title: Incarceron. Author: Catherine Fisher. Genre: Dystopia, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult. Publisher: Dial (US) / Hodder Children’s Books. Fisher (the Oracle Prophesies series) scores a resounding success in this beautifully imagined science fantasy set in a far future where, many.

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This dystopian young adult novel about a prison seemingly the size of a whole world is, in some senses, reminiscent of the work of China Mieville, albeit with a bit more normality and way more tisher accessibility. Fisher says she was inspired by incarceeon exhibit of the work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an 18th Century Italian artist famous for his fantastical drawings of nightmarish labyrinthian prisons.

But the people on the inside know better. Finn, 17, belongs to one of the incrceron in the prison that regularly fights to the death with other gangs for food and supplies.

A legend holds that one of the original Fished, Sapphique, did in fact escape, but most inmates believe the story is just a fairytale. Finn is also protected by a young girl, Attia, who will do anything for him because he saved her life. In alternating sections, we learn about the world Outside, where Claudia, daughter to the Warden of Incarceron, is about to enter a forced marriage with the Crown Prince of the Realm.

The Outside seems to suggest a halcyon existence, but it is actually just a different kind of dystopia than the prison, also characterized incsrceron oppression and terror.

Moreover, inhabitants are forced to live and dress and behave as if it were the 17th Century. Claudia, too, is longing for escape. Both of their stories come together when Finn and Claudia separately obtain a crystal key that allows them to communicate with one another, and which promises to unlock the gates of the prison, if only the gates could be found.

Incarceron Book Review

Complicating the situation is the fact that Incarceron, after centuries of existence, has become sentient. Even the Warden can no longer control the prison. One is that the trend reflects fear over our uncertain future, given the sense of powerlessness over the environment and technology. Does no one write single books anymore? One can see why this is a nice situation for writers, who then have employment and paychecks for the next several years.


And I am certainly one of those readers who will stick with characters I have grown to like. This novel did not engage me as much as many books for young adults. The characters of Finn, Keiro, and Attia were quite well drawn, but most of the peripheral characters were little more than stand-ins for types such as the Evil Overlord, the Depraved Queen, the Royal Brat, the Repulsive Fat Sweaty Guy, and so on.

Even Claudia rarely deserts her type-casting as the Spoiled Rich Kid [perhaps her epiphany comes in the sequel]. Her sympathetic tutor, Jared — potentially a very interesting character — is mostly a mystery. So I had a mixed reaction to this book. I want to note, however, that this book has been quite popular and was selected as a Times U. Oh good Lord, wait until my daughter finds out.

I love the question you pose, about why all these dystopian novels these days.

I think one or two have made it big, and everyone else is jumping on the bandwagon. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Why the dystopian novels? Are there no happy stories to tell? Why the need to have sequels after sequels? I worry about our younger generation. I have asked myself the same questions. These dark, dark books aimed at young people. The teens I know kind of panned this book as boring.

Said they had to force their way through it. But will probably go see the movie thanks to that piece of casting you mentioned.

I think that many teenagers favor dark things as a means of asserting, defining themselves. And that this is just the fashion of the moment.

A pose in a way as much of adolescence can be until we figure ourselves out. I guess that kind of defeats the purpose. Thanks for the awesome and comprehensive review. I am going to be checking it out! I am also unsure about all the YA dystopic fiction.

To me, there has to be a dytopian society before you can achieve utopia. Not nearly as shy as the tweens we once were. Perhaps in order to hold their attention, their reading has to be that way too. You bring up some great questions.


I found your thoughts on why teens read this genre very enlightening and thought provoking! It is starting to feel like a trend … YA trilogies set in dystopic worlds and starring the kids from Twilight. So…is this the book the movie is based on? You people are whiny shallow fools. Read something before passing judgement. Series are created when the author has more to say than can fit in one novel hence non-ending books.

As for the attraction to dystopian settings just look at our world today, most young people are very aware that their future will be very close to that.

Our world is becoming dystopian. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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