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Sapphique (Incarceron Series #2)

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by Catherine Fisher

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Finn has escaped Incarceron only to find that he must defend his right to the throne from another challenger. His life and Claudia's hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince, even though he has his own doubts about being the true heir.

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Finn has escaped Incarceron only to find that he must defend his right to the throne from another challenger. His life and Claudia's hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince, even though he has his own doubts about being the true heir.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Finn has escaped the living prison of Incarceron but has found that life Outside is not the paradise he imagined. For one, he can't remember his past life as the lost prince Giles; his betrothed Claudia is worried that he isn't up to the job of heir to the throne; the Queen is plotting against him; and the Portal to Incarceron has closed, leaving Finn's oath-brother Keiro and his close friend Attia still trapped. Meanwhile, inside Incarceron, Attia has discovered the magic glove of Sapphique, the only prisoner ever to escape the prison. Attia and Keiro steal Sapphique's glove from Rix, an insane magician, and journey through the many terrifying layers of the prison to find an escape route, depending on the glove to help them in their quest. Meanwhile, Finn and Claudia work with Claudia's mentor Jared, to find an access route into (and out of) Incarceron, while also contending with a pretender to the throne who remembers everything about Finn's past that he cannot. At the same time, the Clan of the Steel Wolf, a secret society of freedom fighters, is plotting to overthrow the rule of Queen Sia and force changes to her illusory Protocol. As Attia and Keiro travel through Incarceron, getting closer to the secrets of the prison that they hope will allow them to escape the prison's clutches, Finn and Claudia work together to keep the Havaarna kingdom from rebellion. Fisher's second novel is a complicated and compelling, blending the terrifying world of Incarceron with the beautiful, but ultimately equally terrifying, illusory world of Outside. Ultimately, the two worlds collide and all the characters' lives are changed in ways they didn't expect. While the novel is fascinating in its own right, readers will likely find this second installment quite confusing without having already read the first book. An understanding of the relationships between characters, the dynamics of life inside Incarceron, and even an explanation of the Protocol of the Outside world is assumed at the beginning of the novel, which will leave readers unfamiliar with the first book missing much of the depth and intensity. Even so, this is a novel that dystopian fantasy fans will enjoy. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
VOYA - Judy Brink-Drescher
Finn and Claudia were betrothed to one another as children. Now seventeen, they are soon to become king and queen of the Realm. But their kingdom is only a visage; in reality its surface beauty is maintained by the powerful computer Incarceron, where after the devastating destruction of the Years of Rage the Realm's inhabitants only pretend to live "in Era." Finn, on the other hand, grew up in an alternate prison world, also maintained by Incarceron and run by Claudia's father, the Warden. Now in the Realm and estranged from his friends, Finn—known as Prince Giles—is consumed with the mission of bringing them over and destroying Incarceron's hold. In order to do so, however (among many, many other things), Finn must prove that he is the rightful heir to the throne, which is difficult because his memory has been wiped clean. Many, including his stepmother, the queen, are against him, and now another has stepped forward claiming to be Prince Giles. In a race against time, where two worlds literally threaten to collide, Finn, Claudia, and their allies from both sides struggle to find the key that will ultimately free and unite them all. Sapphique is the sequel to Fisher's New York Times best-selling novel Incarceron (Dial, 2010/VOYA, February 2010) and presumably picks up right where the other left off. Readers will likely benefit from having read Incarceron first (this reviewer had not). That being said, one will rarely feel at a loss for not having done so—it would simply be helpful to fully understand some of the backstories. This well-written, fast-paced novel is quite the page-turner and is highly recommended for audiences from middle school and up. Reviewer: Judy Brink-Drescher
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Two worlds collide in Catherine Fisher's sequel (2010) to Incarceron (2010, both Dial). Finn has managed to escape the brutal prison, Incarceron, but is bewildered by the outside Realm that forces Protocal—living as though they were in the 18th century—upon its citizens. With the warden's daughter, Claudia, Finn races to prove himself a prince and assist his friends Kiero and Attia who remain inside Incarceron. Unknown to Finn, Kiero and Attia are determined to find their own way out of the prison. They join forces with Rix, a magician who holds the glove of Sapphique, the first man to escape Incarceron. The technology of Incarceron is in control and determined to use the glove of Sapphique to gain human form. If it does, everyone in the prison will die. Kim Mai Guest delivers a brilliant performance that manages to keep the complex plot and multiple characters straight. She gives each character a unique voice and expands their personalities beyond the written word. While the plot lacks the punch of the first story, listeners will relish this sequel.—Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK
Kirkus Reviews

In this dark, brilliant sequel to Incarceron (2010), worlds within worlds collide to mutual destruction—or, maybe, rebirth. Finn has finally Escaped the sentient prison world with aid from the Warden's daughter, Claudia, but escape hardly means freedom. As they struggle to negotiate the poisonous intrigue of the Realm and unlock Incarceron's secrets, their allies still trapped Inside seek a rumored artifact of the legendary Sapphique. For Incarceron has gone insane and is determined to Escape itself... Breathtaking worldbuilding describes two very different dystopian dimensions with surreal splendor and cruel artifice. The price exacted upon even the humblest characters is portrayed unflinchingly; yet the selfishness, deception and treachery of every protagonist does not prevent them from being painfully sympathetic and real. Even as the steadily ratcheting certainty of impending catastrophe keeps the pages turning, the sheer richness of the evocative descriptions demands that every sentence be savored. No conventional tidy ending is offered; the bleak conclusion glimmers from only the faint hope gained by revealing the truth. Not for everyone; but for those who can appreciate the interplaying reflections of lies, myths and memory, a modern masterpiece. (Science fiction. YA)

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Incarceron Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Catherine Fisher is an acclaimed novelist and poet, and has written many fantasy books for young people, including the popular "Oracle Betrayed" series. She lives in Wales.

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Sapphique 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
ReadingTeen More than 1 year ago
I was kinda on the fence with this one. I really wanted to love this book. I enjoyed Incarceron. I wanted more out of Sapphique though. I really need romance and tons of things going on. The world that Catherine Fisher surrounds you in, in both Incarceron and Sapphique is one that is so imaginative and never-ending. That is what I really liked about Sapphique, is the dream world, the prison of Incarceron. In my opinion that is the main attraction of this book, the prison. It is such a character in itself. You will really lose yourself in this world of this steel and secrets, Fisher really has outdone herself, she has a wonderful imagination. Finn, Claudia, Kerio and Attia are the main characters in this sequel. I was somewhat frustrated between Finn and Claudia. What I was looking forward to was the chemistry and romance between the two of them. There was no chemistry and very little romance. It made me sad, very disappointing. I really feel it could have pushed this book over the top. Kerio and Attia had some nail-biting close calls within the prison and I really liked the chemistry between the two of them. So maybe that evened things out somewhat. The action sequences in this book were pretty good, fun to read. I really can't express to you enough how cool the world of the prison was. Everyone had to fight, beg, borrow and steal just to survive in this prison world. It really made for an interesting read. I just needed some romance. I just feel Catherine Fisher missed a really good opportunity between Claudia and Finn. But hey, what do I know? I'm just a reader. Maybe that was not her vision. Most of all, this was a good book. Very creative, deep and layers and layers of detail. You really will not be sorry or disappointed if you start this series. I'm sure most of you will not even miss the non-romance/non-chemistry between Finn and Claudia. Everything else made up for it!!! ~Amy (http://ReadingTeen.net/)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incarceron (book before Sapphique) was great and kept me turning pages, just as this one did, but it fell short of what I was hoping for. There wasn't romance, but you could see that there was some chemistry between Attia and Keiro. There were a lot of questions at the end that went unanswered and that's what made me angry. What annoyed me about the book was that the some of the characters seemed to change from how they were in the first book. Claudia was a bit more selfish and self-centered and Finn was whiny and mopey. They use to be my favorite characters, but during the book I found that I was wondering more of what was going on with Keiro and Attia than I was with Claudia and Finn. Overall, the book was good and suspenseful, but it had promise of being much better.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I wasn't really drawn to Incarceron. I probably wouldn't have ever picked up this book if it wasn't for the fact that I could get it from my library. I was a little intrigued by the idea of Finn adapting to the world outside of the prison. I'll also be the first to admit that this book really surprised me. I liked it quite a bit more than the first in the series. I think it's because it takes place in a world that I can understand. I liked Claudia's devotion to proving that Finn is the real heir to the throne. I liked Finn's internal battle with this idea. I also liked the struggle he has with the idea that he left people he cared about in Incarceron with no immediate way of getting them out. I really enjoyed the idea of the other claimant to the throne. Someone who looks, talks, and acts more like the prince that Finn possibly can. So why the three rating? I still can not grasp the idea of Incarceron itself. Every time the story switches to a viewpoint from someone inside the prison, I lose interest. The prison as another dimension that rests on a key chain...interesting. The world inside the actual prison...not. It's just not for me. I really tried too. So another story that left me with conflicting emotions. I'm thinking this was just a two part series though and that the story is done. I'm grateful for that.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I'd have to say this book was a much better improvement than Incarceron. There was more action, the pace was quicker, and the intrigue was turned up a little higher to get the plot rolling. The action did make the novel go quicker although I preferred reading more about Keiro and Attia than Claudia and Finn. Although I used to like Claudia before, she seemed to morph into some sort of selfish spoiled brat who didn't care much except her own needs. Finn also turned into a mopey brat that cared only for Keiro (which makes sense, but it was borderline obsessive.) Despite the negative comments I see about Keiro (thoughout different websites reviewing Sapphique), I'd have to say he was my favorite character in this book. (Besides Jared). He had this undeniable charm and despite being a selfish, egotistical jerk, he wasn't whiny and did not mope around like a twit. Although the majority of his actions were all to meet his own ends and he's just as selfish as Claudia might be, there's just something charming about Keiro that's likable. I thought he was an excellent character despite his 'supporting' status. Finn may seem central to the plot, but he doesn't shine as much as Keiro does. There are different points of view in the story, unlike Incarceron where it switched from Claudia to Finn. Now, there a different points of view but this time it switches settings. (From being inside Incarceron, to being outside of it). It's not so bad, although some readers may find it a bit confusing, and the flow of the plot does get bumpy once in a while. The ending of the book was interesting and does leave a lot of room for another installment. I wouldn't mind a trilogy, as the story has taken a turn for the more exciting. I'd actually like to know what happens to Keiro next as he looks like he could be a catalyst for something big. It was a great ending to the duology (although it looks like there might be a third?) and worth the read. The action helps the plot carry forward and makes the reading go faster. Some might be daunted by the task of reading another 'chunky' book. However with the fast pace, the action, and the bits of intrigue, reading this shouldn't take long at all.
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
This book kept me enthralled the entire time. However, I was still a little confused at the end... Still Book 1 and 2 - highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked most of the story, and Incarceron, i just didnt like how it ended...
nelliebly1025 More than 1 year ago
Having been such a fan of Incarceron, I was so excited for Sapphique. It did not disappoint! The story continues just a few months after the ending of Incarceron. Finn is having trouble adjusting to the Outside, and Claudia is dealing with the loss of her father, the Queen, and trying to get Finn to accept his responsibility. The story goes between the views of all the characters, Inside and Outside, which is really cool. For me, I would read about Claudia’s view on the Outside, but I would be itching to know what was going on back inside the Prison. But then I would get that and want to know what was happening Outside again! It was one of the memorizing storylines that keeps you entertained the entire time. This book is so many words, I don’t even want to attempt to write them all down. But if you are a fan of the steampunk genre, or just love great stories and fantastic worlds, these books are for you. 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book Sapphique is very interesting and attention grabbing. The plot was very well developed and complex. It is the sequel to the book Incarceron. It is a fiction book that takes place in two different settings. There is the prison Incarceron that was made to be a paradise but became the opposite. The Outside, which everyone believes is a paradise, but in reality it is just as bad as Incarceron. There are many important characters in this story, all of which are relatable and believable. The five most important characters are Finn, Claudia, Jared, Keiro, and Attia. Finn is trustworthy and reliable but he also is very unpredictable, like many of the characters in this novel. Claudia is a strong-hearted character, a leader, and always does what she thinks is best. Jared is a very smart person and always seems to know the answer to every question. Its as if he has all the answers in the world. On the other hand, Keiro is not very trustworthy in the eyes of the other characters. He lies and cheats and deceives people. Attia is strong-willed and is also very unpredictable. She is portrayed as a slave but is stronger than the people that claim to have enslaved her. The less important (but still very important) characters are Rix, the Warden, Incareron, Queen Sia, the Queen’s son Caspar, and the Pretender In this book, there are two plots that resolve themselves in a surprising way. One takes place in the Outside, the other inside Incarceron. Outside, Finn, Jared, and Claudia try to open the portal to the prison to bring Keiro and Attia Outside, but they face many problems along the way. Finn is the long lost heir to the crown, and Claudia is supposed to be his queen. But Queen Sia does everything she can to keep Finn from being Prince. Jared is also faced with a life threatening disease that causes him to stray from Claudia. The Outside is starting to fade and reality is starting to sink in. The other plot revolves around Keiro and Attia who are on a great journey to find Incarceron and give it the great and powerful glove of Sapphique. Attia joins the circus to gain the trust of Rix who has possession of the glove. Once Attia has the glove, she and Keiro hear the voice of Incarceron and begin their journey to the heart of the prison. They face many dangers on their journey. At the end of their quest, they come into contact with an old foe and face an enemy like no other. The author, Catherine Fisher, uses lots of symbolism. She makes every chapter suspenseful and it all builds up to a surprise ending that will leave you in shock. This book is like no other book that I have ever read. If you read this book, you won’t be able to put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a very good sequel to the first story Incarceron. catherine fisher has a great imagination. i cant wait to read other books of hers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's like a bad harry potter book. But the storyline is intriging. Buy it.
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Great book. It can get confusing so its something you will want to pay a little more attention to. Dont listen to music while reading this book. Too much attention in too many differentt places. Blarg
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I really liked the whole idea of the prison but I thought it could've been better executed. I thought Incarceron was really good and Sapphique was just as good. Many people were saying that the characters were disappointing but I thought they were pretty good overall. Except for Claudia! She just seemed really stuck-up and rude, I kept waiting for the romance between her and Finn but it never happened. She was never completely sure if Finn was Giles and used him for her own gain on numerous occasions. Another thing that really bothered me was the fact that so many questions were not answered at the end. I think Fisher was trying to write a mysterious, bitter-sweet ending that left some doubt in the reader's mind but I was just kinda annoyed by the end. But overall I thought it was a pretty good book that kept the reader hooked for the most part. I think it's a good "library read", I wouldn't recommend buying it but I would recommend reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it was a very good book, it mostly left me off at cliffhangers which really made it so that you never want to put it down which really was kind of a bad thing but also a good thing as well
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As i started this book I got excited but now i'm actually reading it i'm bored of it.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
I just reread my review of the first one and, for the first book, I still agree with everything I said - but I have to say, for the first time in a while, a sequel has outshined it's original counterpart. Where I hated the characters in Incarceron (well, not really; I just didn't really like them all that much), I grew to really like them here. Finn was uber depressing but understandably so and Claudia was kind of awesome and everybody was just much more interesting to me. The plot seemed MUCH better here for some reason, even though it's the same plot carried over from Incarceron. I think part of that is because I absolutely adore anything having to do with a royal court, so when they have Finn fighting for his throne, I was completely content. I loved the development of the world as well and how it works and everything that happens to it; I thought it was absolutely fantastic. This is one of those worlds that is going to stick with me long after I forget the plot and the characters - I'll remember the details of this world. It's that good.
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This book defenitly lives up to to incarceron's standards. I would reccomend this thriller to anyone