by Catherine Fisher
Published by Dial Books on January 26, 2010
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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I’m hesitant to post this review… but it’s important to me to be honest and to not filter my posts.
I was so excited to read this book. The cover is just beautiful! It was nominated as a book club read so I immediately voted for it, and I was giddy when it won. Unfortunately, it just did not live up to my expectations. I almost gave up and returned it to the library twice, and I rarely, if ever give up on books. I struggled through the first 1/3 of the book. I was unable to picture Incareron – the prison – in my mind. At about 120 pages I finally started getting into the story, and it did get much better. However, for me this book fell short in so many ways. I had a hard time connecting with the characters, and I didn’t understand the relationship between Finn and Keiro. Also, some scenes seemed disconnected to me, and far fetched. Yes, this is a fantasy but at times it seemed disjointed and I had a hard time going with the story. I do have to say that the concept of Incarceron is fascinating, and that alone kept me reading. Also, that Incarceron is a prison, really, inside a prison itself made me feel sorry for them all.
I know there are so many people that loved this book. I really wanted to fall in love this series, but it just didn’t happen for me *running from all the rotten tomatoes being thrown at me*.