Author: Catherine Fisher
Publication Date: December 28, 2010
Genre: YA Dystopian
Copy provided by: Publisher
Summary (via Goodreads):
The only one who escaped . . . And the one who could destroy them all.
Incarceron, the living prison, has lost one of its inmates to the outside world: Finn’s escaped, only to find that Outside is not at all what he expected. Used to the technologically advanced, if violently harsh, conditions of the prison, Finn is now forced to obey the rules of Protocol, which require all people to live without technology. To Finn, Outside is just a prison of another kind, especially when Claudia, the daughter of the prison’s warden, declares Finn the lost heir to the throne. When another claimant emerges, both Finn’s and Claudia’s very lives hang on Finn convincing the Court of something that even he doesn’t fully believe.
Meanwhile, Finn’s oathbrother Keiro and his friend Attia are still trapped inside Incarceron. They are searching for a magical glove, which legend says Sapphique used to escape. To find it, they must battle the prison itself, because Incarceron wants the glove too.
Why I read this: I loved the first and couldn’t wait to start the next.
Plot: I think this is truly a unique sequel because it spends it’s focus equally on the main characters from the last book and then the supporting characters as well. This book is a little more epic than the first. It’s about searching for a legend, it’s about the journey and the hardships along the way. The first book was about Escape but this book is more about a Search.
On the other side, the focus on our two main characters is all about finding oneself. There’s deception and plots that will really pull you in. And definitely doubt is settled into the matter – is Finn really the right heir to the throne or not? I felt like I still had questions at the end of this sequel and wish for another, but not sure that will happen.
Characters: I really loved learning more about Keiro and Attia. I have to say I really fell in love with the characters, even though they were sometimes over the top (as a lot of fantasy can be), but most of all it was nice to see a spotlight on two characters I wasn’t sure would get much spotlight.
Relatability: Definitely a great sequel and one that fans of dystopian and fantasy will enjoy.
Cover Commentary: Another gorgeous cover. Love the similarities and change of color.
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