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Hello, Reality!

Here I am. A year after graduation. A lot has happened in the past year- some truly amazing things and some very disappointing things. Example: Amazing–getting married to my one true love!; Disappointing–the entire job search experience, plus getting laid off a month and a half before getting married.

An amazing photo by our awesome photographer

An amazing photo by our awesome photographer

As I’m finding out very quickly, expectations and reality often do not match up. But, is it reality’s fault or mine? We both know the answer to that one…

One thing that always boosts my spirits after a particularly harsh real world beating is escaping in a good book (hopefully with some raspberry pie and steaming coffee sitting next to me). What I’ve been attempting to do, for awhile, is make this my ultimate book blog with my favs and opinions on all things fantasy/sci fi.

My latest reading conquest was Incarceron by Catherine Fischer. Confession…it’s YA fiction but still in the fantasy/futuristic genre. With its themes of physical, emotional and societal struggles, this novel goes beyond the classic teen “issues” and takes the intensity up about 5000 notches.

One of the things I loved best about this novel is its high-tech futuristic setting complete with amazing gadgets and post-apocolyptic action…with a twist. The people of that time have invented Protocols to keep the world set in a seemingly Victorian era where the world was more orderly and less prone to violence (or so the story goes). Like most post-apocolyptic stories, violence and mass chaos was a serious problem in the past…

Although their face-to-face interaction is limited in the novel, the two main characters, Claudia and Finn, keep the pages turning. Claudia is the Warden’s daughter. The Warden runs Incarceron–an ancient prison that is alive and has become deadly and cruel toward its inhabitants. I really do hate describing events, etc. The book description on Amazon does a much better job.

What I will say: I loved this novel because it is truly original. I’m tired of the overworked political intrigue, the tawdry romances and the never-ending tales of classic magic-gone-wrong themes saturating the bookshelves. I want something that I haven’t read before. Incarceron is definitely that! A prison that’s alive…that hates its prisoners…a boy who believes he was never born in the prison and meant to be Outside (if there is an outside)…and a girl who is tired of playing the game of an Era long gone.

It’s great stuff!!

And, this paranormal, end of the world type of fiction is very popular now. Take The Hunger Games and The Forest of Hands and Teeth. So, we’ll have to see if anything else worth reading pops up this summer. I’ll be waiting and watching.

I know things are in God’s timing, so while I wait on Him I’ll at least enjoy myself with a good book about someone else whose life has just turned upside down and be thankful my life isn’t that crazy.

With my pie and coffee right beside me, too. 🙂

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Tim Parkin

    Great post! I’m so glad you enjoy reading (and raspberry pie)!

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  • Pamela Wright

    Loved this review. So in touch with the book. Will look forward to your next review

  • I’m always looking for a good book to read and I feel like a book Lisa would read, is a book worth reading!

    I’m so sorry to hear about the job disappointments, but you’re married and patient and waiting for God. I’m so happy for all the blessings that out-shined your job loss. 🙂

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