Incarceron – by Catherine Fisher
Finn is a prisoner in a huge, living prison, which was created generations ago as an experiment, the object of which was to create a perfect world. Life inside Incarceron is far from perfect, however, and Finn is convinced that he was born outside of the prison and is desperate to find a way out. Claudia is the daughter of the prison warden and longs to escape from her world of strict Protocol. When she and Finn find identical keys that allow them to communicate through the prison walls, they begin to develop a plan for his escape.
I quite enjoyed this book and the concept was highly intriguing, although I found it hard to believe that anyone would expect this particular attempt at creating a perfect society to work. Lock all the criminals in a prison that’s basically it’s own small world, and make sure no one enters or leaves for a few generations? Sure, that’s the perfect recipe for a utopia. Maybe there were other elements to this experiment which failed, but it’s unclear what they might have been. That aside, this is an entertaining and unique story, and I’ll be interested to see how things play out in the sequel.