Reviews for Incarceron : Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2010 May
What sets this dystopian story apart is superb plotting and characters with emotional depth. Narrator Kim Guest delivers the exciting plot with a skilled use of timing, emphasis, and nuance. Incarceron is a prison, originally intended for humane treatment and rehabilitation--until it developed a mind of its own. Centuries later, Claudia, daughter of the warden, dreads marrying the queen's unpleasant son. Further, she thinks she may have found the key to the prison and to the mystery of what has become of the lovely boy to whom she was originally betrothed. Guest delivers a stellar performance, building the tension to a pulse-pounding conclusion. D.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 June

Gr 7 Up--Catherine Fisher's intelligent, genre-bending tale (Dial, 2010) will fascinate teens looking for something new and different. Finn is a 17-year old prisoner of Incarceron. His memories begin and end there. He knows nothing about his heritage except for vague memories that tease at his mind. The teen is determined to escape the prison fashioned centuries ago as a solution to the chaos created by man. Now Incarceron is self-sustaining and self-perpetuating--prisoners are born there and they die there. Legend claims only one man has ever escaped, Sapphique, and Finn is determined to follow in his steps. Claudia, the warden's daughter, lives sequestered in a castle surrounded by servants. But she, too, longs for escape--from a father who frightens her and from betrothal to an insipid prince. Finn and Claudia each discover a crystal key and are amazed to find that they can communicate with each other. As their trust in one another builds, each pledges to help the other. The two stories emerge, intertwine and, by the end, unwind in startling twists that will astonish listeners. Kim Mai Guest delivers an amazing, fully-voiced performance that vividly paints each character. Her pacing is impeccable and, in the last chapters, she delivers a one-two punch that will leave listeners breathless for the sequel, Sapphique, to be released in December.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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