The March selection for Fledglings was Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.
Incarceron is the ultimate prison. It is an entire world. No one can ever escape. No on from Outside can enter. Its location is unknown. It is said to be a Paradise: a perfect world. That is what Claudia believes. She lives on the Outside, and has hear the whispers. Her father is the Warden of Incarceron, but he tells her nothing. Meanwhile, Finn, who is in Incarceron, know the truth. He wonders if there truly is an Outside.
Comments from the Fledglings:
- Liked the idea.
- Story has more depth than reader is aware.
- Liked how story was told between two different narrators.
- Liked the parallels of the shortcomings of the two worlds: Protocol & Incarceron
- Quite confusing at the beginning
- Different levels to the story
- Quite predictable in places, but at other times a complete surprise
- At first glance, seemed very simplistic, but the club discussion revealed there is more depth.
- Would have liked more description about Incarceron, although possibly that played to the fact that no one knows what Incarceron is like.
- This is a book that sticks with the reader.
- Lots of moral questions.
8 members voted. Final score: 7.675 out of 10
The final meeting for Fledglings this year will be Tuesday, April 23rd at 4:30pm. The book up for discussion will be Pure by Julianna Baggott.
From the back cover:
We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost–how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked: Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss–maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.
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