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Reader's Den: "Incarceron" Discussion Questions

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I hope all of you enjoyed Incarceron by Catherine Fisher this month as much as I did.

Feel free to share your favorite moments, characters, or whatever below.

Here are some discussion questions to sink your teeth into:

  • What did you think of the ending? Did you anticipate the prison's location or was it a total surprise?
  • Finn, Keiro, Claudia and even Attia are not always morally upright. How did you feel about reading about a book where the main characters are criminals, liars and even convicts?
  • While Finn and his friends are trapped inside Incarceron, Claudia is trapped in Era living life as though it were the 18th Century under the stringent rules of Protocol. If you had to choose where would rather be, in the prison of in Era?While Finn and his friends are trapped inside Incarceron, Claudia is trapped in Era living life as though it were the 18th Century under the stringent rules of Protocol. If you had to choose where would rather be, in the prison of in Era?
  • Fisher prefaces every chapter with some kind of epigram from Finn or Claudia’s world (decrees from the king, legends of Sapphique, etc.). What did you think of these snippets? How did they add (or not add) to the story?
  • Jared is Claudia’s friend, tutor and sometimes confidante. He is key in unlocking the secrets of Incarceron. What did you think of him as a character? How does Jared compare to Claudia’s father, the Warden? Bonus Question: What did you think of Jared and the Warden’s respective relationships with Claudia?

 

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Actually, I think the Era

Actually, I think the Era might have imitated an even earlier Era; it mentions the use of the viola, which Claudia muses might be an anachronism because they haven't been invented yet. This indicates that it could have "taken place" in the 1500s. I really loved Jared and Claudia's relationship. Theirs is clearly the only one based on actual love. All other characters distrust each other and play games. Even Finn and Keiro were suspicious of each other at times. However, Jared and Claudia feel very passionately about each other. Claudia even threatened to kill both Caspar and the Queen to their faces were they to hurt Jared. I think that given time, their relationship could grow to be romantic.

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