Incarceron by Catherine Fisher is an amazing book that intrigues the reader. Imagine an infinitely big prison with no end, no beginning and riddled with war. People live there, never ever having any inspiration to find a job or have a family. This book details the solitary and brutal life the prisoners had to live through every day in Incarceron. Mostly, though, the book focuses on the two main characters Claudia and Finn. These two characters are trapped in two different worlds that are closer than they think.
Throughout the start of the book it takes a while to adjust to what’s happening, but if you stick with it you will not regret it. The book switched between the two different people’s lives every chapter. I quite liked this idea because it made me feel like I was reading two different books. Finn is trapped in the prison and trying to find his way out, while Claudia lives on the outside as a princess and the Warden of the prison’s daughter. I like both of the characters but Finn just seems a little more interesting. Claudia and Finn travel through worlds to find each other, while at the same time trying to stay alive. I loved this book for every second I was reading it.
I really liked this book for two main reasons: firstly, you never know what is going to happen next, for the book is full of twists and turns; secondly, the book itself is just so interesting. I recommend this book for boys and girls of a higher reading level for the book is quite advanced. This book is the perfect balance of mystery, drama and adventure. I give it 5/5. By Brent Year 8
The book Incarceron written by Catherine Fisher is a fantastic and thrilling book. It is a story about two worlds. One world is a massive prison with two types of people. One type is called Scum. As you can probably tell from the name this is the more scavenger and evil type of people, with a brute named Jormanric the wing lord as their leader.
The other type is called Civicry. They are the better and the richer of the two. The main character in this world is a boy named Finn and his blood brother Keiro. In this world there only one thing to be concerned about: trying to stay alive.
The other world is a world with kings and queens based in the 17th century but run by computers. The main character in this world is a girl named Claudia. Her Father, the Warden of Incarceron, is in charge of running Incarceron.
The main part of the story is about how the main characters from these two worlds meet and what they learn about themselves and who they are.
Both worlds very interesting and the end of this story is very exciting but I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read it yet. It is truly one of the best books I have read so far and I encourage anyone that like thrilling and exciting books to give it a go! Mitchell, Year 8
I love reading, but the book has to be amazing, so nothing could prepare me for Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. From start to finish you will be completely and utterly hooked. This book has it all and is a totally enthralling experience.
This book is definitely targeted at more experienced readers for a couple of reasons. It can be quite confusing and hard to understand at times but if you think about it, it begins to make sense. The main other reason this book is better for more experienced readers is you have to go into it all or nothing. It is most enjoyable when you put yourself in the story. This book is easy enough to relate to if you multiply your own experiences by 100.
This book is based around Finn and Claudia. Finn is trapped in Incarceron (a prison) and is going on a journey to escape, whereas Claudia is in the free world, but even there she is imprisoned in the sense that she is being forced into a marriage.
I recommend this book for boys and girls aged 14-18 because it uses some more advanced language and people within that age group would get the most enjoyment from it. I highly recommend this book for lovers of fiction, fantasy and sci-fi. It is a great book and one you should read.
By Hugh M yr8
This very interesting mystery and fantasy book by Catherine Fisher will make your imagination run wild. From the beginning of the story until the end, this suspenseful novel creates a clear picture of what you are reading. Its clever plot and subtle characters keep your mind engaged in the book.
The story is set up in two worlds in which both the main characters, Claudia and Finn are trapped in their own situation. Finn who lives in the prison ‘Incarceron’ is dying to escape, and Claudia who lives in the outside world is doomed to an arranged marriage.
I thought this book was very creative and futuristic and I would definitely recommend this book to people aged 12-14 or even older. Hearing the story from someone else is fun but reading the book yourself is an entirely different experience.
By Vrinda, Grade 8
When it comes to reading books I’m very picky because I like a book and its author or I hate it. Incarceron is a very exciting book and you just can’t put it down. The book is very interesting, from where the story is set in a prison, to where the prison was built, to the characters that evolve and change, to the plot that leaves the reader in suspense. This amazing book is targeted at boys and girls 14 and up, because the text is a bit complex and the language difficult for younger aged people.
Incarceron is a prison like no other. The prison has been sealed for years. Legend says only one man has ever escaped. The prisoner’s believe there is nothing outside Incarceron, but one. Finn has blurred memories showing a place outside where there is green grass and dark night skies filled with stars. Claudia is an important part of the story too. Claudia is the daughter of the warden of Incarceron. Finn takes Claudia hostage at the start of the book. Over time, Claudia and Finn work together and gain each other’s trust, and find a crystal key with the same eagle symbol that Finn has a tattoo of on his arm. They believe that’s the way out of Incarceron. My favorite character is the powerful, cold, but manipulative warden Lord John.
The novel has an exceptional plot with science fiction themes with lessons on friendship and finding courage. It teaches us about our instincts and overcoming the feeling of not fitting in. I recommend this book to anyone who likes twists and suspense.
By Mitchell, Year 8