Read my first review, here. This is what I thought the first time.
Now that I've read it twice, my positive feelings for this book have only grown stronger. Something that's a big deal for me in the literature world is reading a book twice in one year. Due to the amount of books that I read and the time I spend on them, plus blogging and writing, I don't have a whole lot of time to read and re-read and re-re-read. Plus, if I've just read a book six months before, I usually still remember the story well enough to not need a reminder.
So I know a book is really really, really good if I can read it twice in one year without second thought. Scarmouche (Rafael Sabatini, a favorite classic and author) was one, and now Incarceron. Incarceron has officially flown up the scale of favorite books, placing itself in my favorite books of all time. Original and one of my favrorite writing styles, it takes you out of the world you feel is "normal", and gives you a good, long, and thought provoking look at two lives that must endure the strangest kinds of struggles - all in a world that anyone would long to live in while looking from the outside. But on the inside, coming from the people who made it what it is, it is foul and unruly, and those ruling it are only thirsty for power.
Also, Catherine Fisher knows her story. She knows her characters, the worlds they live in, and she's confident about it. When I'm reading it I can almost smell the air, touch the characters, sense danger and feel comfort and safety. Because Catherine Fisher knows her world. She knows her story. And because of this bold confidence, so can we, in the deepest ways.
It is the story of a boy who is struggling for freedom in a hopeless, wicked world. And it is the story of a girl who is struggling for freedom in a completely different hopeless, wicked world.
It is powerful.
It is alive.
It is Incarceron.
(Oh, and just for the record... Jared is still my favorite character. :) While last time he was only my favorite character, and that I would want to meet him, now he's my favorite character and I'd want to marry him. Haha! I've definitely fallen in love the second time around... As for the other characters, they were all even more lively than before, especially Finn. Finn took on a greater, more prominent role this time around, for some reason. He was more real to me than ever before. I could picture him perfectly, as though he was standing before me.)