Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher

The first book of the New Year! And what a book it was. It rolls steampunk and scifi together into one big young adult adventure. A girl fights her fate in a flawed futuristic world while a boy finds his while trapped in a living prison.

The characters are delightfully flawed, you never trust or particularly like anyone, yet you want to know what happens next. This book also explains why a steampunk setting would exist, which is something no other steampunk novel I’ve read has tried to do. The pacing and writing are spot-on, and the idea of a sentient prison world is delightfully creepy.

This is one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time, and I actually want to go buy the next in the series–something I haven’t been able to say about a book in a while.