I was immediately drawn to Incarceron after I read the synopsis. It sounded wonderful! It didn’t quite live up to my expectations, but it was still a pretty good book. It did take me a little while to get used to the narrator. It wasn’t quite what I expected. I always have certain expectations for a book after I read the synopsis. This book wasn’t bad, it was just different.
I expected Claudia and Finn to be the most important characters. Though, they were important, they could not compete with Incarceron. The prison itself is a very interesting character. I didn’t expect it to have such a presence. I’m glad Fisher wrote it this way though. It makes for a much more interesting and original story. Most of the other characters were well-developed, though I couldn’t stand Keiro. I also expected a little bit more out of Claudia. I wasn’t a huge fan of her, though I appreciate there being such strong females in the story.
The plot was well-paced for the most part. The beginning is full of long, complicated descriptions of the prison that I, quite frankly, didn’t understand. This could be because I was listening, rather than physically reading. I probably could have worked it out if I’d had the book in my hands. The other thing I never grasped was why the prison was created in the first place. I was confused about that. Now that I think about it, this needs a re-read before Sapphique comes out.