Book Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher9:32 AM
So! I'm doing a book review today. This was the first book on my TBR pile last week, when I blogged about said TBR pile, and obviously I've gotten to it since then.
This book is Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, and you need to go read it now.
It looks a little sci-fi, a little fantasy, and a little steampunk, and one of the main characters is named Finn. Just my kind of thing.
That's what I said about it last week, and it was absolutely true! Except it was a lot more steampunky than I though. Being a steampunk writer who's always trying to find more to read, I had absolutely no problems with this.
It's actually really, really hard to sum up this book without giving away spoilers, at least for me. But it's about a steampunk prison, Incarceron, that's more than a little alive, and some of the prisoners inside using knowledge from old prison lore to escape. It's also about a girl and her amazing and smart tutor Outside the prison, fighting an arranged marriage and evil queen and trying to find the prison and all that fun. It's steampunky and sci-fi-ish and I enjoyed the setting to pieces.
|Somehow, it always comes back to Doctor Who.|
I loved the characters! Every single one of them was adorable and broken and needed a big hug. The main characters, Finn and Claudia, were both likable, which is unusual in my experience! Finn was loyal to his friends and very caring and brave when it really counted, and he wasn't the stereotypical guy MC, which is always nice. Claudia was also not a stereotypical YA MC - she was whip-smart and had a brutal sense of sarcasm and didn't take nonsense from anyone and was vastly insensitive, which is always hilarious and nice as well. And they weren't together for most of the book. There's some romance, but it wasn't a huge part of the story, because it would have felt slapped in there because reasons. I was a fan. I loved the side characters, too! They all needed hugs. Between all of them, there was lots of sass and snark and brokenness and ~friendship and backstabbing and all the things I love out of good character interactions. Win.
I gave it four stars on Goodreads. Because of the confusion.
You tell me. Have you read Incarceron? Have I maybe convinced you to give it a go? What book(s) are you reading this week? How big is your TBR? Comment away.