Sanctuary by Caryn LixSanctuary by Caryn Lix


byCaryn Lix

Hardcover | July 24, 2018

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Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.

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.
Title:SanctuaryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.4 inPublished:July 24, 2018Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:153440533X

ISBN - 13:9781534405332


Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a wild (space) ride!! Omggggg!! How has SANCTUARY not blown up?! This book was AWESOME. One of those stories that kept getting more and more insane, leading up to a point where I audibly gasped while in an auto shop waiting room. Because WHOA, friends. I'm all over this series, and if you're a fan of superpowers, space, aliens, and completely bananas external plots, then you need to read SANCTUARY!
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book nearly killed me it was so good I can not even begin to explain how much I loved this book, but I'll try. So, one day when I was about a quarter way through this book I began to get stomach pain. Hours later after the pain got worse and I was vomiting everything I ate, I go to the emergency room; but I INSIST on taking this book with me. I wait hours for a diagnosis and they give me pain medication but I want my book, even if I can't see straight because I have to know what happens next. Turns out to be appendicitis and I will be having surgery in the morning. After I'm out of surgery and I'm recovering in my hospital room the first thing I ask for is my book. I LITERALLY COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN EVEN AFTER SURGERY. I might be placing some high expectations here, but I assure you, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Awesome Wow, this book takes off right from the beginning and keeps you hooked all the way to the end. 5 out of 5stars. Can't wait until the next book!
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fans of The 100, Aliens, X-men & survival stories will throughly enjoy this one! I've been a fan of space stories for as long as I can remember, and I'm always a sucker for superpowers and survival stories, so when I heard Sanctuary pitched as The 100 meets Aliens in space with superpowers...I was absolutely sold! I didn't end up absolutely loving Sanctuary like I hoped I would, but I did really, really like it! I'm going to start off by telling you about the things that made me really like Sanctuary! First, I absolutely loved Kenzie. I loved seeing her reactions to everything, and I loved her as a character. She was smart, thoughtful, and tenacious. I really enjoyed seeing how she reacted as her world was shifting around her, and I loved how she actively considered everything. She didn't just continue to blindly believe what she'd been told. She considered every angle, and when she was shown how the truth differed from what she'd seen from her privileged worldview, she wasn't afraid to admit that she'd been wrong...I freaking loved that! One of my favourite aspects of sci-fi is that it often acts as a lens or a mouthpiece for the author to show the dichotomy between the truth and how skewed our viewpoints can be based on whatever perspective we come from. I think Caryn Lix handled that perfectly in Sanctuary...and with how people are often judged, stereotyped and persecuted in our current world for things that are often out of their control, I think this is super vital. In fact, I think it's more important than ever for us to re-examine our preconceived notions and biases...and I hope that books like this help YA readers (both younger and older) see how they can re-examine their own worldviews through perspectives like Kenzie's. Along with Kenzie, I loved Rune and Alexei! I really liked Cage, too, but Rune and Lex were my standout favourites out of the secondary characters. I have to admit that I wanted sooooo much more of Alexei in this story, but I did really love what was there! :D There was a pretty big cast of characters in the story, and it was really interesting to see the different dynamics. We saw the prisoners interacting with one another, and the guards in their own group, and we also saw how Kenzie fit in both groups. My favourite dynamics were definitely with the core group of prisoners though. I loved getting to know them through Kenzie, and I really enjoyed discovering all of their superpowers with her. Now that I've gushed over the characters I liked, I'm going to reveal the smaller things that kept me from absolutely loving this one. There were a couple of secondary characters that kind of blended together for me: Matt and Tyler. Once the story progressed, they did get more defined, but when they were introduced, I honestly felt like they came out of nowhere. All of the sudden there were two new names and I had no idea who these two new guys were...and unfortunately that led me to feel rather disconnected to their characters. The other smaller thing that I felt was a bit lacking for the characters was getting to see them use their actual powers. There were a few powers that we saw pretty frequently, but I'm still a little put out that we didn't get to see much of the big powerhouse powers...I was waiting for it. haha Plot-wise I thought that the story was really compelling! I was desperate to know what was going to happen to all of the prisoners on the ship, and I didn't want to put my book down at all. I loved all of the superpower parts that we did get to see and I absolutely loved all of the different details about the prison ship: Sanctuary. Most of all, I loved the space setting! Overall, I really enjoyed Sanctuary! The characters and setting were extremely interesting, and the story kept me on my toes the entire time! I thought that it was a compelling and lively sci-fi that fans of The 100, Aliens, X-men, and any sort of survival story will also thoroughly enjoy! If you love space, superheroes, prison breaks...and stories that flip a character's worldview on its axis, leaving them with a good ol' dose of the always relevant inner questions of "Who am I?" and "What is my place in this world?," then Sanctuary is definitely for you!
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved everything about it! Sanctuary was everything I expected and more. It is the perfect space adventure with a splash horror. Fifty years ago, alien probes arrived on Earth. At first nothing happened, but the next generation started receiving superpowers. Those that used their newfound powers for illegal activities ended up in Sanctuary, an extra secure prison out in space. When a distress signal is sent to Sanctuary, guards go to explore, but before they can figure out what is going on, prisoners from level 5 form an escape, and use Kenzie, a junior guard as a hostage. But when things don't go according to plan, and aliens start taking over the ship, Kenzie must join forces with the prisoners as they fight for survival. I don't know what it is about space novels, but I've been really enjoying them recently. Although I do have to put Sanctuary as my top choice as of right now. The book truly captivated me, and I honestly could not put the book down. It's been a long time since I've stayed up way past my bedtime because of a book, but Sanctuary was definitely the one. I absolutely loved all the characters in this novel. Kenzie was a fantastic main character. She's strong and very intelligent right from the beginning, but she does have her flaws, especially as she's dealing with her parents divorce, and being the youngest guard on the station. As her story progresses, Kenzie truly grows into an amazing person, her development throughout the story is absolutely fantastic. There wasn't a single thing I didn't like about Kenzie. As for the other characters in the story, I was really impressed with how many diverse characters this book had and how many different personalities there were. Some characters I loved right from the beginning, and others ended up growing on me throughout the story. Its very rare when I actually enjoy all the characters in a novel, but I truly don't have a character in Sanctuary that I didn't end up enjoying at the end. The world-building is one of the main reasons why I gave this book 5 stars. You would think that since the story takes place in a small space station that the settings would get boring, but you are wrong. Not only is Sanctuary very well explained, but we also get tons of backstories from both Kenzie and the other prisoners about how life is back on Earth, and what has happened to the world since the alien probes landed. I felt like I knew everything that was going on in the world, and how different countries on our planet have reacted to these events. The pace of the story was also fantastic. There was lots of action to keep the reader entertained, but there was also a lot of dialogue and character development where there was the perfect balance between action and getting to know the characters. Overall, I highly recommend Sanctuary to all YA fans, especially if you love action and horror stories, with a hint of romance and strong female characters. I cannot wait to find out what happens next, and will definitely be picking up more books from this author.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing storyline, well written, a must add to your collection! Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for the free ARC copy of this book! I was so excited to receive an ARC of this book that I couldn’t wait to begin reading it. This book was awesome. It pulled me in from the very beginning and kept my interest piqued throughout the entire book. I read through it in just over a day, and would have read it in one sitting if I didn’t have a few things going on. Seriously get this book, it was amazing! I loved it and devoured it, and I found that the pages were turning themselves. This book follows the main character, Kenzie, a prison guard in training aboard the Sanctuary – a prison in space that houses super-powered and dangerous teenage criminals. Kenzie lives aboard this space prison, with her mom and dad and other prison workers, and it is up to them to make sure the prisoners do not escape and to protect people on earth from the dangerous prisoners. On the Sanctuary there are 5 prison levels, that houses the criminals on each level. One day the Sanctuary is attacked by mysterious creatures, and Kenzie becomes trapped on one of the prison’s main floors that houses the criminals. The criminals somehow manage to escape their cells and hold Kenzie hostage. She is terrified. Surely her Commanding Officer, which also is her mother, will come to her rescue? However, Kenzie soon learns that her mother will stop at nothing to follow policy of the Sanctuary, and that is to protect earth at all costs, even if it means sacrificing her own daughter! What are these mysterious creatures that have attacked the Sanctuary and what is it that they want? What will the dangerous, super-powered criminals do with Kenzie now that they have her as a hostage? Will Kenzie escape? Without giving too much away this book was amazing. I enjoyed reading this and it was a pleasure to connect with the main characters in the story.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting New Sci Fi Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this e-arc! Sanctuary is a new science-fiction novel about Kenzie, a prison guard in training, who must team up with the most unlikely allies to survive. That's as basic a summary as it comes, but I feel like it'd be a good idea to go into this book without knowing too much about it. Have you ever read a book and felt like, logically, you shouldn't really like it? Not because it's bad or anything, but because it's the opposite of what you usually like? Because that was me throughout this entire book. First things first. If you don't like tropes, especially insta-love, I don't recommend going into this book with extremely high expectations. This book is filled with tropes, and I can see why that could bother some. Logically, it should have bothered me, but for some reason, I still really enjoyed it. Though a few parts of this book made me cringe, I personally thought that it was all worth it. It was easy to relate to the main character, and the romance was cute, no matter how insta-lovey it was. Also, all the characters? So loveable. I wanted to protect them all, including Kenzie, who I related to the most. Which I've already mentioned, but whatever. Anyhow! My main criticism of this book is how quickly things happened and/or changed. It felt like everything happened too suddenly, and like development wasn't given enough time to seem realistic. I mean, who knows how I'd react were I in the same situation, but I doubt my mind would change as quickly as one can say any word whatsoever (I couldn't think of a funny one to put here). Still, you know what? It made this book action-packed and almost impossible to put down once I got into it (which happened about 16 pages into the book), so it's really not that bad. Plus, I adored the world building. I'm no scientist, so I don't know how realistic this all is. I tend not to go into science fiction thinking "um, could this really happen?" and this book was no exception to the rule. Still, I thoroughly appreciated the world. I thought that the idea of corporations vs governments was fascinating, and I just want to find out more and more about this world. Like, I love politics, and the ones in Sanctuary are ones I'd love to learn about. (Let's make one thing clear, though. I may love politics, but politicians? Not so much.) All in all, whilst this is not a new favourite of mine, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you don't mind tropes, and love interesting world building, I definitely recommend picking this book up. I absolutely can't wait to find out what happens next to this world and its characters, and I'll be eagerly waiting for the next book.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting action adventure Thank you to Netgalley, Simon Pulse and Caryn Lix for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Rating 4.5 stars. Okay, so I was soooo into this book that I didn’t notice I was reaching the end. And there had better be a sequel because I had no idea the book was ending. I mean, come on, give a girl a head’s up! I literally thought I was missing chapters. I thought, hmmm I have an ARC where the author actually forgot to include the ending. But nope, that’s the ending I’m stuck with until Caryn Lix decides to write another book. I knew it was great from the first sentence, first page, first chapter. I was reading something else when I received the ARC and I was so excited I would read a sentence here or there, a paragraph if I was lucky and then I would get pulled away. But it stuck with me and I couldn’t wait until I could just sink my teeth into it. Here we have Kenzie, an Omnistellar company girl who tows the line. She is part of a team that includes both her parents and a small number of guards that protect the safety of a prison that houses humans with extra special powers. Not just any humans, but this prison is full of kids. Aliens visited Earth and when they left certain people were left with special powers. For those who abused their powers they were sent to a prison housed on a planet. Adults on one prison planet and kids on another. Both of Kenzie’s parents have brought her up to respect the company, be loyal and appreciate the life that working for the company has afforded them. Kenzie is a little lost because her parents are getting a divorce and her dad is returning to Earth. Her mother is especially strict and when they are at work, very impersonal. Kenzie is now a junior guard and the company expects a lot from their employees, including, if necessary, putting their life on the line. I mean, all of these kids are criminals. They have abused their powers, endangered humans, had a trial and were sentenced to serve until they are eighteen years of age. A safety drill turns into a prison break and Kenzie is taken hostage. They need her to help them break out and get off this planet. Kenzie starts to realize that not all is as it seems. Maybe the company hasn’t been as fair to these kids as she thought. They certainly weren’t these animals intent on hurting humans as she was led to believe. How much of a hardened criminal can a 9 year old be? Yes, their powers can be scary but soon Kenzie’s whole world starts to turn upside down as she begins to bond with them. Especially their leader Cage. It’s not only his super speed that is making her heart race. But getting off the planet becomes a real priority as they learn that they are not alone. There is something far more sinister and far more alien that is hunting them down. In case I didn’t make it obvious I loved this book. The action was exciting, the monster scary and alien. The world that Lix created was so interesting. Why did the aliens visit Earth? Why did the leave people with powers? We never get to know much about the alien story. I assume we will get to know more in the upcoming books. But there is enough juicy bits that I want to know it all. And the powers that people have. They fly, they read minds, they meld with computers, they are invisible and they are fast like The Flash. I loved all of the characters, their relationships and their interrelationships. Yes, Kenzie and Cage! What a sweet romance. But I wanted to know more about all of them, their backstories, all of it. Kenzie is a strong female lead. She is smart, strong and arc of learning that the world is never as simple as it seems is handled so well. Don’t become too attached - characters will die so stay on your toes. This is making it into my classroom library because I think kids will love it. There wasn’t much I didn’t love except the ending. It was so abrupt it was like finishing in the middle of a sentence. Even if there are sequels shouldn’t you close off the first book? It just was a little unsatisfying, but I still can’t wait for the next book.
Date published: 2018-06-24

Editorial Reviews

Raised by her parents to appreciate the benefits of corporate citizenship and to maintain unwavering loyalty to their employer, Omnistellar Concepts, Kenzie is following in their footsteps and guarding the space station Sanctuary, a prison for children and teens imbued with superpowers. Her aspirations, faith in Omnistellar, and belief in her parents come crashing down when a prisoner escape plan coincides with an alien invasion, turning Kenzie from guard to prisoner, fighting for her life among the kids she had been taught to fear. There’s an enjoyable B-movie vibe to the plotting, as Kenzie outmaneuvers monsters, discovers her own technologically repressed superpower, learns the tightly circumscribed boundary of her mother’s love, and kindles a romance with the Sanctuary prisoner leader, all within the time- frame of a couple of days. The themes and characters may derive from familiar sci-fi repertoire, but Lix’s breakneck pacing keeps the pages flying, and Kenzie’s barely tapped superpower and the unplumbed depths of Omnistellar’s presence provide plenty of scope for later adventure. Lix leaves readers just where she wants them: satisfied by a complete story arc but ready to follow the surviving renegades into space, with good guys and bad guys undoubtedly in hot pursuit.