Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Finn lives in Incarceron which is a prison unlike any other. Incarceron was set up to be a paradise for those living there. There are no cells but no one comes in and no one ever leaves. Although there is a warden, Incarceron itself takes care of any problems in the prison since it is capable of thinking and acting. When animals or people die their biological matter is recycled to make new creatures. But over the years Incarceron has become filled with gangs and violence and a legend has begun about a prisoner who found a way out of the jail. Finn has dreams and visions and he believes that he lived a life outside of Incarceron even though he can't remember that time. Because of his visions he is trying to escape the prison. His best opportunity comes when he finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with Claudia who lives in the real world. Claudia is the daughter of the warden and is engaged, against her will, to the next king of the country. With her tutor she is determined to find something to save her from her fate. After breaking into her father's study one day she discovers a desk that opens when she says the password "Incarceron". She finds her own crystal key and believes that Finn may just be the young prince who supposedly died in a horse-riding accident. Both Finn's and Claudia's destinies rest with them being able to break Finn out of Incarceron.

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