Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment? And can you be free if your friends are still captive? Can you be free if your world is frozen in time? Can you be free if you don’t even know who you are? Inside Incarceron, has the crazy sorcerer Rix really found the Glove of Sapphique, the only man the Prison ever loved. Sapphique, whose image fires Incarceron with the desire to escape its own nature. If Keiro steals the glove, will he bring destruction to the world? Inside. Outside. All seeking freedom. Like Sapphique.
This sequel picks up right where the first book, Incarceron, left off. Catherine Fisher has created such a unique and imaginative world within this series, it’s an awesome mix of dystopia, science fiction, steampunk and fantasy. I love that I can’t categorize this series into one nicely wrapped genre. It’s a mix of awesomeness all rolled into one.
As in Incarceron, Sapphique is a story told from inside the prison and outside the prison. I loved seeing things from Attia’s eyes because you don’t really get to know her too much in the first story. In Sapphique there is more character development, for example the readers gets to discover that Attia is a strong and smart character who can hold her own when she needs to. Also, Sapphique shows us hints of Keiro’s kinder and more vulnerable side, which was definitely surprising and nice to see.
This one has a bit more adventure and intrigue than its predecessor, which I really like. Claudia is still my favorite character as she is constantly plotting and scheming and playing the game like she knows she must. My only complaint about Sapphique is that it didn’t seem to answer all of my questions. It did answer some, but I feel like I was left with more than when I started. Also, I feel like the ending (no spoilers!) was kind of thrown together and not completely explained. I actually had to skip back in my audiobook because I thought, “What just happened?” I really wish there would be a third book, because I feel like I need more closure with the characters, but alas Fisher claims that there will be only the two. Apparently, Taylor Lautner has been cast in the role of Finn in the upcoming movie adaptation, so if I can’t have a third book at least I can have a movie.
The narrator, Kim Mai Guest, does an excellent job. I’m familiar with some of her other work as she narrated the audio version of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. She is really good at making each voice sound unique so you’re not confused and trying to figure out who is speaking (unfortunately I’ve experienced that before), which is what a good narrator should be capable of.
If you read Incarceron and wanted more, then you should read Sapphique. I’d say that middle grade readers and up, who are searching for a intriguing fantasy/steampunk/scifi/dystopian novel, will enjoy this series!
Author: Catherine Fisher
Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (December 28, 2010)
Length: 11 hrs, 57 mins
Narrator(s): Kim Mai Guest
Series: Second in a series
YA/MG: Middle Grades and Young Adult
Buy the Book: Sapphique (Incarceron)