Author: Caryn Lix
Publication date: July 24, 2018
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.
As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.
But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.
At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.
As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.
If you like sci-fi, magic, criminals, murderous aliens and suspense then you’ll want to pick up this book!
I know a lot of people have compared this book to Contagion by Erin Bowman but the two aren’t similar at all besides the face that the two books are sci-fi and have something trying to murder the characters. That’s about all that’s the same.
Sanctuary follows the main character Kenzie who is a junior guard on a space prison that holds some of the most dangerous child criminals. These criminals all have special powers such as: invisibility, speed, strength, able to shoot fire etc. which makes them a danger to society.
Kenzie is a bit of a hit or miss character for me meaning I like her at times and at other times shes utterly infuriating. Kenzie is 17 and works hard for the position she holds, shes very intelligent and a quick thinker but at times her actions just make you want to shake her. She does things she knows she shouldn’t do because she’s curious, and her curiosity ends her in a load of trouble.
Kenzie has pretty much been brainwashed to be a perfect Omnistellar citizen, she believes that whatever these criminals did to end up in the prison they belong here no matter how old they are. She believes that this giant corporation shouldn’t be questioned and the rules should be followed. Well doesn’t she ever get a slap in the face as realization dawns on her that not everything shes been brainwashed to follow is true.
Things start to get interesting when there is a distress call from a nearby ship, a prison break happens at the same time and Kenzie is taken hostage by the criminals. Stuff really starts to go into chaos because communication has been blocked to earth, there are aliens lurking onboard trying to murder everyone and Kenzie is just trying to stay alive. I’m pretty sure you can guess where the plot is going but the criminals need Kenzie’s help to get off the station and Kenzie needs their help to stay alive.
While I did find this book predictable I really enjoyed how fast the story moved along, the description of the characters, prison and aliens. It was definitely an edge of your seat, page turning type of book. The best thing is there is no slang or jargon that isn’t explained everything is easy to follow and read which I really appreciated. Usually with sci-fi and futuristic books a lot of slang is used and isn’t explained and luckily that doesn’t happen in Sanctuary.
I really enjoyed how the the group of criminals were able to work with Kenzie as a team and create a bond and friendship with each other. People tend to come together in times of crisis and disaster ad that really happens here. I also enjoyed the the aliens that the author created they are the horrifying gruesome creatures who are highly intelligent. They have some pretty fascinating technology and I can’t wait to see more of it in the next book.
What I didn’t like about the book was the romance, it felt too insta-lovey to me. I mean this whole book takes place over a few days and the two character are attached at the hip and making googley eyes at each other the whole time. Come on, he kidnapped you, is holding you hostage and tied you to a chair. I can’t get on board with the romance. Another thing that held me back from giving this book a higher rating was the main character Kenzie, like I stated above some of her actions and thinking annoyed me.
If you like thrilling and suspenseful books I think this is a good option to pick up also the author Caryn Lix is Canadian so bonus! I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series to see what happens!