Incarceron by Catherine Fisher


# of Pages: 442

Time it took me to read: 5

# of pages a day to finish in a week: 63 pgs

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Incarceron is a prison unlike any other. It is a conscious, living organism that keeps its prisoners locked away. There are no windows and no doors, and no one goes Outside, ever. Because everyone is born in Incarceron, and they die there, too. But Finn knows that he came from Outside, even if he doesn’t have any real memories from being there. But with the help of an extraordinary device, Finn is able to contact Claudia, who claims to be Outside, and that her father is the Warden of Incarceron. Finn and Claudia must work together to piece together the mystery of Incarceron before anyone can thwart their plan to Escape, because many obstacles stand in their way: the Warden, the Queen, and even Incarceron itself.


Hi everyone, sorry that it has been a minute since I’ve posted a review. This was the craziest moving week of my life, but the dust is finally settling and I have a little time to sit down and write this review. But even though my life has been totally cuckoo, I have still been reading! I’m just a little bit backlogged. But I I should be back to my regular schedule of posting my reviews on Sundays this coming Sunday.


But for now, here is the review for Incarceron. I just have to start out by saying that this was a pretty funny book for me to be reading as I’m starting my new job. Because Incarceron is alive, but it’s a machine: It has some organic parts, but it’s basically artificial intelligence gone wrong. And I now work as technical support at an artificial intelligence software company. Luckily, all our AI does is help people sell cars, not keep them trapped in an inescapable prison.


Anyway, this book was super unique and interesting conceptually. And its uniqueness really made it so that this story was very unpredictable. Which is nice, as I like to be kept on my toes. I really liked Claudia as a character: whip smart, skeptical, and independent. All traits I like in my female protagonists. Honestly, I thought that Finn fell a little flat as a character in comparison. Finn felt more defined by the side characters around him, which I was far more interested in, anyway.


The book was basically split into two different narratives: Claudia’s story, which took place Outside, and Finn’s story, that took place inside Incarceron. And while I thought that Claudia’s story was quite fast paced and interesting, Finn’s was dull in comparison.

To summarize, in my opinion this story was unique and had a lot of potential, but was not as well executed as it could have been.


I know it probably seems like I didn’t like it very much, I’ve been focusing a lot on the negatives, but I did have fun reading this book, which is why it still earned a solid 3.5 out of 5 from me.


Unrelated, but I got a total of $75 to Barnes and Noble for my birthday recently, so I’ll be making a trip there coming up soon, and I’ll have lots of new and amazing books to review. Thanks again for being patient with my wonky schedule. Like I’ve said in other posts recently, once my life straightens out, I’ll be doing my reviews regularly, and I should be doing more daily stuff on this blog throughout the week. So stay tuned, and thanks for reading!


If you liked Incarceron, try: The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The Broken Hearted by Amelia Kahaney

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

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