Incarceron: A story of two dystopias

incarceronTitle: Incarceron
Author: Catherine Fisher
You must read this book because… in the novel Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher, war and violence in the future have caused a giant prison called Incarceron to be built for all of society’s rejects, and the rest of society to be frozen in time, stuck in the high middle ages.  This book has an extremely gripping plot and no slow parts.  Every chapter seems to have a new plot twist that makes you question whether you really understand this world at all.  This book is really a story of two dystopias – one a world of poison and corruption hidden behind careful manners and protocol, and the other being a world of poverty, violence, and death.  The book switches between chapters, following Finn, inside the Prison, and Claudia, on the Outside.  However, both of these settings and characters are equally intriguing and their stories complement each other well. Thematically, this book is interesting as well.  There are few real villains and many moral ambiguities.  I think this book is about the inability to create a truly controlled society.  As the story progresses, it is clear that no “perfect” system won’t be broken by human nature, that any attempt to engineer the perfect society will inevitably backfire.  This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read, and I would recommend it to almost anyone.

Read this if you like…

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

–Jacob, 16, Ingraham HS, Greenwood Branch


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