Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.
And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.
This is a book I was really disappointed in. I heard such good things about how it was a great epic fantasy story. While it had a very unique premise of being set in the future with time frozen in an older era, I think the story got bogged down in the details. Everything was very slow moving and boring. The level of details in the characters and world building were incredible, but the plot seemed stuck on slow-mo.
I did enjoy how both Claudia and Finn dreamed and fantasized about what the world must be like on the other side. This mimics the saying “the grass is greener on the other side” and very effectively showed how the saying could be wrong.
While I enjoyed the premise, I didn’t enjoy the excution, and in the end, I never made it to the end.
Challenges read for:
2012 Audio Book Challenge
Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012