8/25/11

Sapphique

Author: Catherine Fisher
Pages: 462
Publisher: Dial
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from 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.
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My Summary: It's been a few months since Finn escaped from Incarceron, and nothing has gone as planned. The whole Realm is still suspicious of him, and even Claudia is beginning to doubt that the boy she helped rescue isn't really the lost prince Giles, as it becomes apparent that Finn is even more miserable outside the prison than he was inside.


As secret plots against Finn are discovered, Finn, Claudia, and Jared must struggle to prove that Finn is actually Giles and restore order to the crumbling Realm before it is too late.


My Thoughts: This was an amazing novel, although I was a little disappointed by the lack of romance between the main characters. That being said, the rest of the novel was awesome.


Catherine Fisher's writing is impeccable. She manages to weave the world of the Realm and Incarceron around you effortlessly, until you can imagine yourself right next to the characters as the story unfolds. I loved the flip between Attia and Claudia's points of view as well - it added so much dimension to the story and kept you on the edge of your seat. I also loved the development of the prison itself as a character, and the fact that nobody - even Finn - knew who the true prince was.


Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this series to people of all ages, especially if you love historical fiction and dystopians (because this happens to be both). 


1 comment:

  1. I loved Incarceron, but I found that I had a lot of trouble getting into Sapphique. I think it may have been the time lag between reading the two that was the problem. It sounds like there are a lot of twists that would make this worth reading so I'll have to try again!

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