Review: Sapphique

I received this book for free from ALA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: SapphiqueSapphique by Catherine Fisher
Series: Incarceron #2
Published by Dial BFYR on December 28, 2010
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Steampunk
Pages: 462
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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one-half-stars

Finn has escaped Incarceron only to find that he must defend his right to the throne from another challenger. His life and Claudia's hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince, even though he has his own doubts about being the true heir.

I reviewed Incarceron a few weeks back and, although I didn’t like it, I already had a copy of the ARC. Sapphique was not better than the first book in the series, but it was easier for me to get through, perhaps because I had much lower expectations. All of my problems with the first book still remain here.

The characters, all of them, are pretty much entirely unlikeable. Jared, Claudia’s tutor, is the character I most liked, but the reader has known since the beginning of book one that he has an incurable disease, distancing one’s affection for him. Claudia is obnoxious, power-hungry and mistrusting. Finn alternates between being emo and arrogant. Keiro is as he has ever been. Attia never really seems to coalesce into a definite personality. And those are just the characters you are supposed to be rooting for.

Romance is not to be found in Sapphique, even though the book ends with an engagement in place for two of them. Those two characters have absolutely no chemistry; in fact, the girl is clearly in love with someone else.

If you liked Incarceron, I doubt you will be disappointed by Sapphique. Otherwise, don’t bother.

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