This book is incredible! When I first started listening to the audiobook, I had too much going on in my head already and I ended up completely lost. I decided to try and start over, though, and I am really glad I made the effort. I can’t really decide if this story is more science fiction or fantasy, but it’s one heck of a ride!
In Claudia’s world, people have been forced to take on the ways and means of the 17th century. Aside from the computers that run this world, everything else is supposed to be kept true to the era. Horses and carriages instead of cars, hand-washing clothing instead of using washing machines, and very limited access to medication/medical interventions are only but a few of the difficulties imposed by this rule. Despite the fact that Claudia is among the privileged and betrothed to a prince, she desperately wishes to escape life as she knows it.
Finn lives in Incarceron, which is a self-contained, self-sustaining prison of sorts. He swears that he remembers life outside of Incarceron, but everyone keeps insisting that no one enters and no one leaves. According to legend, only one man has ever found a way out — Sapphique.
Finn and Claudia both find a magical, crystal key [one each] and discover that they are able to communicate with one another. They decide to work together to try and get Finn out of Incarceron, though neither is sure how they will manage. All they know is that either one getting caught could spell disaster for the both of them. A partial resolution is usually frustrating, but it merely leaves room for the rest of the planned trilogy in this case.