It is a living, breathing prison. It is built to save humanity and create a utopia. But it failed. Only one person has survived, while the rest live out their lives in sadness. It is, Incarceron!
I know, it sounds like some commercial for some sort of bad horror film, but it was good. Finn was born inside the prison, but was convinced that he came from the outside. Claudia is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron. She is determined to escape an arranged marriage to the horrible prince, and to learn more about the supposed utopia. By chance, Claudia and Finn meet. Claudia is determined to help Finn and his friends out because she believes that he is the lost prince and her first fiance. Finn simply wants to save as many people as possible and get out of the horrible prison. But the prison has ideas of it's own, and is determined to let nobody leave.
Author Catherine Fisher wrote an engaging and creative novel (I mean, come on. How many other LIVING PRISONS have been created?) While it may have slowed down at parts (which are quite easy to skim over) it still had you excited to find out what would happen to Finn and his friends at the end.
This is where the biggest problem was in the book.
It is a series.
I am not against series at all (I mean, I am a complete and utter Potterhead) but there are some books that are simply not good for series-dom. This was one of those books that you just want to read, be done with and think, oh, that was nice. I like the way that ended, even if it was a little too perfect. What you do not want to do is have to read another 400 page novel to find out that everything ended perfectly... It wasn't that good. So, if you are up for a cliff hanger ending, read it. It still gets 4/5 stars as a stand alone book. But if we are going for books destined for major series-dom, it only gets 3/5 stars. On a good day.