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Sapphique

by Catherine Fisher

Published by U.S. edition: Penguin, 2010
462 pages
ISBN: 9780803733978

Age 13 and older

The dystopian story of the living prison begun in Incareron (U.S. edition: Dial, 2010) continues with hope having turned to pessimism. Finallyfree from Incarceron, Finn hates his life in Claudiaís luxurious world, and doubts he is actually Giles, the prince destined for the throne. And heís not alone. The appearance of a second young man claiming to be Giles complicates Finnís already tenuous claim. Finn canít remember anything about his life before prison while the other young man offers sharp and detailed memories of Prince Gilesís childhood. Itís clear to Finn that even Claudia doubts his identity, although she tries to hide her uncertainty and her disappointment in his lack of princely demeanor. Finn also worries about his friends Keiro and Attia, still trapped in Incarceron. The two have formed a reluctant alliance as they search for the dragon glove that belonged to Sapphique, the legendary figure who escaped the prison long ago. Meanwhile, Incarceron is plotting its own escape Ė into a human body Ė and the facades and functions in both the prison and the court begin to crumble.. As in Incarceron, the narration alternates back and forth between action in prison and Outside, sometimes at a break-neck pace. Parallel, interwoven plots converge in the continuation of Catherine Fisherís metallic, futuristic, and suspenseful series. (CF) ©2011 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center


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