Friday, March 4, 2011
Book Review: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
I had a hard time deciding if I should give this book three or four stars in my Goodreads.com review. (Oh, and if we're not friends on goodreads yet -- let me know -- I love seeing what everyone's reading! There's a link on the sidebar.)
Click here to read a description of the book.
Okay ... I loved the premise: The prison is ALIVE!
I enjoyed the plot: Boy wants to escape from prison. Girl on outside wants to help him. Prison and Warden try to stop them (oh, did I mention the Warden is the girl's father?).
But I was terribly distracted by the punctuation errors and the typos. I also thought it read more like a middle grade book than YA. I kept forgetting that the main character was 17. He seemed more like 12 or 14 to me.
And, since we've discussed critique partners all week ... I'm wondering, where was Fisher's CP? Because there were some issues that should have been caught before this book was published.
My first question: Does Wales (where Fisher is from) have different punctuation rules than the United States? If so, then I give the book four stars. If not, three stars. Because: Two independent clauses joined by a conjunction NEED a comma to separate them. ACK! These glared out at me throughout the entire book. I know ... seems like maybe a small thing. But it drove me nutso. This is an award winning author ... so they simply must have different punctuation rules in Wales. Somebody tell me. Please.
The other question: How does an award winning book make it to paperback with typos still in it? Receipt instead of recipe. That's a big typo. And misspellings of Warden. Hmm.
Anyhow, if you disregard my three issues: punctuation, typos, and age of MC ... then it's a great read. I highly recommend it to everyone. Really.
Climbing down off rant-a-lot-box.
EDIT: Ah ... a friend commented on my goodreads.com review and educated me in the use of the word "receipt" ... it was NOT a typo! Check out the details: Receipt = Recipe (who knew?)
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