Is this really a children book (wiki says it is young adult)? If it was, it was really profound for something meant for kids (or maybe it is intended for those who are actually proficient in that language). Just my random musings. Actually, the real reason why I wanted to read it is because of the Breathless book trailer, I mean Finn there is just— interesting? Sound shallow though, I decided to read the book (although Finn in the trailer is a lot better than the Finn in the book— based on the description and the way I imagined it).
Anyways, it took me— believed it or not, 2 weeks to finish it. No, it wasn’t really that boring, it was just, I don’t know, perhaps a type of book you can read in fragments. And beside I was distracted (when I said distracted, I mean I’m reading another book). It didn’t come to a point where I forced my self to finish it— and that is always a good thing.
They say (and from what I understand) the setting of the book is futuristic but why the hell they all dressed and act like its 1900’s? I don’t get it. There are things that are most likely to be found in the earlier century, I don’t see this stuff in the future, or this one is an alternate future? The book for me, frankly, is a bit unclear. So I never had the chance to establish that.
The characters were likeable, so that’s a relief. Finn and Claudia hold my interest till the end of the book. The plan to escape, and also Finn’s history are the things that grabbed my attention. At the very beginning, when Claudia mentioned Giles and there is a possibility that he’s not dead, the clues fall into one place. And the obvious suspect of who is that lost prince is Finn, so I think at some point the plot was a bit predictable.
This is why I never liked sci-fi and dystopian genre (not all, I mean, there is hunger games, and matched which I totally love), I don’t like the idea that I have to build the setting first, instead of jamming you in the plot already. I want to dive, and invest in the story (and the characters) the moment I read the book, I’m quite impatient reader (so yeah, kinda my fault). But in dystopian, I have (no, I need) to set up the world itself. I have to know how that world works. I know it is part of the plot, but if it’s too elaborate, it’ll sort of ruin the story— everyone has different interpretation, no matter how intricate or precise the author describe it. In short, the world in Incarceron was too obscure for me, and took a lot of time to fully sink in.
I did like the story, it wasn’t bad. I was excited for Finn to escape, and to know who he really was. I was intrigue about the Queen’s plan. I was really shocked about Claudia’s true identity. I wanted to know Sapphique, and the Sapienti. And Incarceron as a prison is a fascination itself. And importantly, I really wanted to know what will happen now that they’ve managed to escape. So besides the world-building dilemma, I was surprised to enjoy the book regardless of its complexity. I’ll read the sequel, but not now. When you read this kind of books, you need total focus, not something meant to rush. And I’m not quite ready for that.
Definitely an excellent and well written book, but— I still didn’t enjoy it as much as I could.