Author: Catherine Fischer
Publisher: Dial Books
Read Time: Three Days
Tag Words: Dystopian, adventure, steampunk, Era, Queen, prison, physics, adventure, legends, battle, struggle, lost princes
No one has ever left Incarceron, but Sappique got out and Finn, the Starseer, will follow in his footsteps, even to his own destruction.
This book is kind of an anomaly for The Mod Podge Bookshelf. I feel rather tepid about Incarceron. Did I love it? No. Like it? Not really. Did you hate it? Not at all. Finish it? Absolutely.
Weird, right? I usually can point you in the “right” path, either way. This time, hey, it’s up to you because I’m not sure how I even feel about it. Things I know for sure:
I don’t feel like this was is a dystopian, it reminds me more of a modern-day steampunk adventure story.
When it’s revealed where Incarceron is and how Incarceron works I was incredibly disappointed. My response was an audible, “Really?! That’s stupid. Does that even make sense?!”
I LOVED the Prison. I LOVED that it had feelings, menacing, pitiful and all that fell in between.
I still don’t understand a lot of what happened and don’t feel Incarceron was a very visual book where the reader is taken along for the ride, at the same time I was entertained and the plot flowed well-ish.
So take what you can from that and if you wanted to read Incarceron go ahead! As for Sappique, it may be a while before I get to it, but I will read it.
Notes on the Names:
A HUGE mistake. And yet, in keeping with my how-do-I-feel-about-this review I will say that I LOVED the names.
The mistake? The “outside” of Incarceron lives in “Era” meaning they don’t go past a certain date. Due to the steam-punky feel of the novel I’m going to say something like the Victorian era. But the names stretched those boundaries, the ‘Era’ consistencies did not reach the names.
I will say one of my FAVORITE names was used in this book! Sia! I read that and just about died, I hope it doesn’t catch on when Taylor Lautner begins work on the movie!
Thoughts on the Cover:
A really, really cool cover. If you look closely there are two keys locked together, not just the one! There are also mysterious numbers, gears, cogs, metal leaves and clocks. Pretty, pretty and a great fit for this novel!
Parental Book Review *spoilers* A la Reading Teen (Thanks Amy!)
A few each - H***, D***, Oh, God
- In the prison there where beatings and fighting, nothing over the top.
- A woman dies, falls off a bridge.
- some tense scenes involving escape out of the prison
Nothing negative, pretty clean read.