Book Review: Sapphique by Catherine Fisher

Title: Sapphique (Incarceron #2)
Author: Catherine Fisher
Details: Hardcover, 450 pgs
Published: Dec. 28, 2010 (US) by Dial 
isbn: 0803733976 (ISBN13: 9780803733978)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Trade with another blogger
Do not read this description if you have not yet read Incarceron!  

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.

My Thoughts: Spoiler Free! Even from Incarceron

This series is brilliant!  From the first book I was enthralled with the world Catherine Fisher created.  It’s a world completely unlike any other I have ever seen.  It’s a mixture of fantasy, dystopia, steampunk and history.  The history is pure false, but because in the ‘real’ world, not Incarceron, they are living as though it’s the Victorian age because of Protocol by the court (you learn this almost immediately in the first book).  In the first book I felt almost confused because I couldn’t figure out how it really worked.  It was just hard to wrap my mind around.  This book cleared that up.  A bit.  It’s still a bit hard to wrap my mind around, but I feel like I understand it.  
I’ve read in other reviews that people felt like there’s too much description.  I STRONGLY disagree.  I don’t have patience for overly descriptive scenes.  I would have been skimming if that was the case.  I felt like we only get the descriptions necessary to see what we need to see to comprehend what’s going on.  Sometimes I felt like we needed maybe a bit more even as I almost felt confused a time or two.  But that may have been because the book was so fast moving.  I’d get so pulled into the story that my eyes were flying along the page so fast I couldn’t hardly absorb fast enough!  
This book, both books actually, have so many twists and turns that they are completely unpredictable. Sometimes you don’t even know if who you think is someone is actually someone else.   
The author also manages to keep you reading by switching up scenes.  Because we are seeing those in the prison Incarceron in one scene, and then those out in the world in the next scene.  And sometimes the characters are in different places, so we get two different scenes in the real world and then switch back to Incarceron.  The author seemed to always leave off the scenes in the most intense places!  So you fly through the real world scene to get to back to the Incarceron scene but by then your engrossed in the real world scene and once again your left off at an intense moment.  It just makes the book impossible to put down.  But I liked it!  I liked feeling that involved in the book.
Each chapter has a little bit from the Songs of Sapphique.  They are all quite interesting.

“Walls have ears.
Doors have eyes.
Trees have voices.
Beasts tell lies.
Beware the rain.
Beware the snow.
Beware the man
You think you know.
-Songs of Sapphique”
Catherine Fisher (Incarceron)

“Only the man who has known freedom
Can define his prison.”
Catherine Fisher (Incarceron

This series is absolutely fabulous and I HIGHLY recommend reading it if you haven’t yet!
I give it 5/5 moons of course!

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  1. Awesome! I can’t wait to read Sapphique, as I loved Incarceron. The funny thing is I did a giveaway for Sapphique, but now I don’t have the money to buy it myself. (Irony much?) Glad to hear this is as amazing as the first book. :)

  2. Great review! I read Incarceron and Sapphique last month and loved it! And I think I need to read both again because there’s so much going on that I might have missed a lot of detais.
    And this cover is gorgeous!

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