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Publisher's Note:  

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden's daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive . ..



Incarceron

by Catherine Fisher

Review Date:
02/15/2014

Recommended Age:
14+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:
***

Violence / Gore Rating:
******

Sex / Nudity Rating:
***

Overall Review:  

Incarceron is a brilliant addition to the dystopian canon. Its characters are utterly believable, the plot so unique that it comes as a breath of fresh air. The world inside the prison known as Incarceron is beautiful in a terrifying way, and Fisher's writing describes it so well the reader can smell it. Outside the prison, characters move in a completely different world--also terrifying, also beautiful, also depicted in such detail that I couldn't decide where I wanted my favorite characters to end up. 

 

Despite the fact that I was able to predict several key events in the plot, this story was filled with so many twists and turns that knowing some of them beforehand kept me grounded. Incarceron is a page turner--packed with nail-biting excitement and thrills. Lovers of dystopian fiction will not be disappointed.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  8 religious exclamations; 1 mild obscenity; 5 derogatory names.

 

Violence Gore: Characters engage in several (5) brief fistfights, knife fights, and swordplay with some blood; a character speaks of purposely cutting himself; suicide is spoken of; a character is thrown into a deep chasm by force--this method of execution is spoken of as being commonly used; a character claims to have killed his brother; an extended fight (three pages) takes place with some detail; a murdered body is found; a character commits suicide.

 

Sex/Nudity:  Mention is made of getting girls pregnant; a character is believed to be conducting an illicit affair.



Mature Subject Matter:  

War, political scheming, death of a parent, suicide.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A character is known to use a fictitious drug; a character is known to be a drinker.



Reviewed By Leslie
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