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Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a 17-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 is 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.

©2010 Catherine Fisher; (P)2010 Listening Library

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Exciting and imaginative

This is a bold, ingenious and consistently surprising fantasy, with very strong characters. One half of the story is like Tudor-era historical fiction, with a lot of court intrigue, and the other is a sort of post-apocalyptic steampunk prison-break action yarn. You have to hand it to Fisher for integrating them so smoothly. Anyone who likes Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will probably find this novel appealing. My one reservation is the narration. The American narrator decided to give all the character's "British" accents although she can't really do them. Some characters sound cockney, others sound Irish, others sound Australian and still others just sound bogus. It's really distracting/annoying.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • BERKELEY, CA, United States
  • 02-17-13

Another Take on Dystopia

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Claudia is living a nobel life, like a princess in a castle, but to her home feels like a prison.

Finn’s home really is a prison, but a prison like no other. This place is so vast it feels like a kingdom full of villages, and cities, forests, and swamps, beggars, thieves and people with power and influence; this is Incarceron. The place itself seems to have a mind of its own, it shifts and transforms itself to make life difficult for its inmates; escape feels so impossible that most are making the best of their life within the walls.

Finn is new to Incarceron; most believe he was born there, but he has glimpses of another life, another place, that make him wonder, and so he seeks to escape this dark metalic world.

A crystal key brings Claudia and Finn together, but the prison does not give up its people easily, even if it is to the warden’s daughter.

If you enjoy books about dystopian future world, or fantasy kingdoms, you might also enjoy: Maze Runner, by James Dashner, or Graceling, by Kristin Cashore.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

What a fantastic imagination Catherine Fisher has. This is a very interesting story and I had a hard time putting down my iPod. High tech + low tech = Incarceron. Definitely worth a credit. Good as a stand alone book but you'll want to listen to the second book Saphique as well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • American Fork, UT, United States
  • 11-11-10

Creative and Entertaining

I enjoyed this book and thought that the narration was good.

The book is interesting for the first 30 minutes and then drags for an hour or so but once your're into it 2 hours it is great This book takes place in two worlds/dimensions, the "real world" and Incarceron. I found the portions about Incarceron to be more interesting, probably because it is a new and foreign world. The chapters in the book flip focus back and forth between Incarceron and the "real world". One chapter is about Incarceron, the next is about the "real world" and so on.

The book focuses on the parallel lives of the two main characters: Fin and Claudia. Both are trying to escape their own prisons, Finn who is literally trapped in Incarceron and Claudia whose life is like a prison.

This is a great book and I would and have recommended it to others. The world, people, creatures and concept of Incareceron is creative, interesting and entertaining.

I look forward to the second book: Sapphique, which should be released in Dec 2010.

Incarceron is a lot like Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. If you like Elantris then you will like Incarceron and vise versa.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Story!

An absolutely great story with superior narration. This has been the most enjoyable audiobook I have listened to so far. I am looking forward to listening to the sequel!

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  • Vicki
  • marengo, IL, USA
  • 07-20-10

Such a great story!

I'll admit, it took me a few hours to really get into it but I am glad I held out because the book was amazing! I cannot wait for the next book to come out!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Samara
  • 04-12-10


I wasn't sure what to think of this book. It was well thought out and well written for such a difficult setting. Has some good twist and turns, a few predictable and a few not so. I think it is well worth the time and money to get.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great book, I found it a little hard to get into at first. I had to restart it about 5 times. But once I got going I was good the whole way through. I usually listen to Audio Books while doing something else. If I just sat and listened it would have been fine probably.

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I liked this book it was different

If you could sum up Incarceron in three words, what would they be?

Fun, different, amazing would be what I would use to sum this book up.

What did you like best about this story?

The prison is my best part.

Which character – as performed by Kim Mai Guest – was your favorite?

The prince in the prison is my favorite character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

incarceron is what I would name the film.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rachel
  • Knoxville, TN, United States
  • 02-05-12

Listening to this book made me want to die.

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Listening to this audiobook is what I imagine it would be like to consume high levels of methamphetamines. I listened to the entirety of this book and I have no idea why these people were locked into the giant yet unbelievably tiny prison. Nothing saved this book. The characters were vapid, self-absorbed, idiots with the emotional ranges of a rutabaga. The setting was completely unbelievable. The plot was ridiculous. For me, what finally tipped this book from terrible to insufferable was when the main characters managed to find each other in this prison - the prison that is described as never ending, with oceans and forests of metal trees - in a matter of 10 minutes. I am deeply saddened to have wasted hours of my life and pieces of my sanity to this truly dreadful listening experience. It is my heartfelt suggestion that you save yourselves and stay far, far, far away from this impossibly horrible selection.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful