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To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780803733961
Branch Call Number: YA SERIES INC V.1
Characteristics: 448 p.


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Oct 04, 2017

Just from the very front cover, one could tell that this book would have a darker tone on it. Incarceron is the ultimate prison that may or may not have its own secrets, unknown to the oblivious people who live "outside" in a perfect world. A boy named Finn struggles with his humanity and sense of misplacement in Incarceron. Claudia is the daughter of the Warden, the one who watches over this prison, and is engaged to someone she despises. Together, connected by a strange key, they uncover a lot more than they expect from a simple escape plan. Can they make it? I absolutely adored this book!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Apr 23, 2017

This was actually a very good book! I wish it had a fandom... The plot twists were amazing, completely unexpected (for me, at least) and the plot was really original. I enjoyed the characters, Finn was a little annoying at times, but I still liked him. It wasn't heavy on the romance AT ALL, but I suspect that Claudia and Finn will be together later on, as well as Keiro and Attia. It had a lot of really weird stuff, which is just what I like. However, less scary than I would hope... Oh, well. Still a great book!

Dec 10, 2016

OK, I actually liked this book and would recommend it for just about everyone (I mean, if you like fantasy) because it's not specific for any age group. However, I was not satisfied at all with the ending. It was too vague for me. If you only read books for the relationships (?) (still not sure if there are any in this one..) be careful.

Nov 30, 2016

This very orignal story depicting a strange future where, by royal decree, all progress/invention is illegal and the world is frozen in a supposedly utopian version of Victorian England was really interesting to me. I haven't ever liked "steam-punk" and I suppose this might be a form of it but this book sucked me right in. The prison, Incarceron, is twisted enough to appeal to the part of me that likes the weird and unfortunately I found the ideas of the ruling class to be similar enough to some current social and political views to be a bit chilling.

Dec 23, 2015

This book is a great one to just get sucked into!!! It shows self sacrifice, a deal between friendship and destiny.

Aug 05, 2015

I enjoyed the premise of the story though the characters felt a little one dimensional at times. A living prison though... that was a cool idea. It's got a steampunk/Gothic feel with some decent scary elements and mystery to keep you guessing.

Jun 11, 2015

One of the more unique tales. It's the story about a young boy trapped in a brutal and mysterious prison, where humans eke out a survival-level existence and are hunted by the prison itself, which seems to be a living entity. This is a prison where escape is absolutely impossible. Or is it? Think futuristic prison meets with the Victorian era, a heady mix that just works. It's action-packed, gritty, and sometimes disturbing.

Finn cannot remember a life before Incarceron, a massive sentient prison that's always watching, but he's plagued by visions of the outside world. When he finds a mysterious crystal key, he's convinced that it will lead him to a way out of Incarceron. On the Outside world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, finds an identical key and it allows her to communicate with Finn. Claudia, prey to her father's ambition, is engaged to Caspar, heir to the throne. She would do anything to escape such a fate and helping Finn find a way out of Incarceron might just set her free as well.

Dec 04, 2014

I loved this book. I loved every part about Finn, but not so much Claudia. Claudia's story was a bit boring in the beginning, but it got more interesting. Finn's story on the other hand was action paced and hooked me on its first page. Very Good Book!

forbesrachel Nov 24, 2014

Two prisons. Two lives. Two keys to connect them. Claudia and Finn are imprisoned, she by restrictions and expectations, and he in a literal prison. While Finn journeys through a vast, sealed world, Claudia must use her wits to survive the plots of conniving courtiers as well as that of her own father, the Warden of Incarceron. By alternating between these two strong characters who desire freedom, we read their tales in parallel. At times one part will hold us in suspense regarding the other, and at other parts the author craftily melds them into one exciting stream. The different circumstances of these two gives us the opportunity to contemplate the concept of "prison", how it is a loss of freedom, not necessarily a place. Tyranny, slavery, gender roles, and restrictive laws are all forms of this that can be seen in this world. Technology is thinly veiled under the guise of the idyllic 17th century, while the prison is a mishmash of places. Heading each chapter is a passage that hints at the history and purpose of Incarceron, which is an entity that watches, breathes, and reacts. People in the past tried to contain their problems by building walls, banning technology, and forcing conformity. However, both their "paradises" failed. Evil remains, and their freedom is lost, yet many of these humans continue to struggle against their chains.

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Jan 12, 2013

Finn is a prisoner in Incerarceron, a prison that only one man has ever escaped from. His storyis shrouded with lies and is not clear. Finn and his friends try to find their way out of this pit of darkness and they find a key. This key is the key out of Incarceron. Finn meets a girl from the OUTSIDE. Her name is Claudia and she says that she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron. With Claudia's help Finn tries to escape from Incarceron. He realizes that Incarceron is alive.......

Elafi Jul 01, 2012

This book is slightly reminiscent of City of Ember. It is about a sentient prison, which was loaded up with all the scum of society one hundred sixty years before the story takes place and then sealed. Inside it are murderers, thieves, madmen, dreamers, and many innocents, all of whose ancestors were placed in Incarceron to take part in a utopian experiment. However, life in Incarceron is dark, brutal, short, and completely unsuited to Finn Starseer's gentle nature. Finn has no memory of who he is or where he comes from. All he has is a tattoo on his wrist, a desperate desire to know his past, the aid of an old dreamer whose only wish is to Escape Incarceron, and a crystal key.

Meanwhile, on the Outside is a world that has been frozen in time. Claudia is the daughter of the powerful and distant Warden of Incarceron, an intelligent, well-trained woman who is trapped into a political marriage with the dissolute prince of her world. Wanting nothing more than to escape this marriage and reveal what she believes to be a great wrong to her country, Claudia breaks into her father's forbidden study and discovers a key identical to Finn's, containing a hologram of the emblem of a former dynasty.

LibraryK8 Dec 07, 2010

Centuries ago it was decided that all criminals were to be sealed into a prison that would help them to create the perfect paradise. They were gathered and along with the wisest teachers they entered Incarceron. However, paradise was never reached...Incarceron was sentient and it was always watching its inmates, as they fought, as they stole, as they killed each other.

Finn, doesn't know how he came to be in Incarceron. His first member was waking up in a cell deep in Incarceron three years ago. He was initiated into a group of thieves and has been revered as their "star-seer." But Finn knows he came from the outside and that he needs to get back and when he finds a key he knows it is time to escape.

Claudia is the daughter of the warden of Incarernon. As such she knows what is expected of her. She is to behave, follow her lessons and eventually marry the crown prince and become queen. Her wedding day is almost upon her and Claudia is desperate to escape her fate when she discovers a key locked in her father's office.


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