Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Review - Sapphique (Incarceron #2) by Catherine Fisher

Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)Title: Sapphique
Author: Catherine Fisher
Series: 2nd (Incarceron)
Pages: 462
Published: December 28, 2010 by Dial
ISBN: 9780803733978
 Source: Library

Description: 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.

I Give This ...

I have to admit, I wasn't really drawn to Incarceron.  I probably wouldn't have ever picked up this book if it wasn't for the fact that I could get it from my library.  I was a little intrigued by the idea of Finn adapting to the world outside of the prison.

 I'll also be the first to admit that this book really surprised me.  I liked it quite a bit more than the first in the series.  I think it's because it takes place in a world that I can understand.  I liked Claudia's devotion to proving that Finn is the real heir to the throne.  I liked Finn's internal battle with this idea.  I also liked the struggle he has with the idea that he left people he cared about in Incarceron with no immediate way of getting them out.  I really enjoyed the idea of the other claimant to the throne.  Someone who looks, talks, and acts more like the prince that Finn possibly can.  

So why the three rating?  I still can not grasp the idea of Incarceron itself.  Every time the story switches to a viewpoint from someone inside the prison, I lose interest.  The prison as another dimension that rests on a key chain...interesting.  The world inside the actual prison...not.   It's just not for me.   I really tried too.

So another story that left me with conflicting emotions.  I'm thinking this was just a two part series though and that the story is done.  I'm grateful for that.


  1. I felt the same way about this book. I loved it more than the first, but the shady ending sort of held me back.

    Great review. =)

  2. Right there with you! I thought it was pretty good, but I definitely wasn't blown away. Not sure if I would read another one if one comes out, but it was decent enough to read the sequel.

    Great review!



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