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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 compan 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.


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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 compan 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.

30 review for Sanctuary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Sanctuary by Caryn Lix is a young adult science fiction fantasy that also crosses over into the land of horror. The story centers around teenage Kenzie who has been raised in a world controlled by corporations and followed in her parents footsteps training to work for Omnistellar. Just having been made a junior guard Kenzie is working under her mother’s command on a space station known as Sanctuary. Sanctuary is run by a powerful AI and built in order to become a prison for young teenagers with s Sanctuary by Caryn Lix is a young adult science fiction fantasy that also crosses over into the land of horror. The story centers around teenage Kenzie who has been raised in a world controlled by corporations and followed in her parents footsteps training to work for Omnistellar. Just having been made a junior guard Kenzie is working under her mother’s command on a space station known as Sanctuary. Sanctuary is run by a powerful AI and built in order to become a prison for young teenagers with superpowers that were deemed too dangerous to stay on Earth. When what seems to be a normal drill for the guards takes place Kenzie gets the feeling there is more to the simulation this time but it isn’t until after her father leaves for Earth with a few of the other guards that it becomes clear the prisoners have found a way out of their cells but superhuman teens are the least of the worries on Sanctuary. Alright, folks that normally follow my reviews are probably getting whiplash seeing a 5 star rating on an almost 500 page book, normally they would see me complaining about the pacing and the length being too much. Thankfully though Sanctuary is one of those rare gems that used every bit of the page count and I would have been ecstatic for more. The world that Caryn Lix has built is just complex enough to make the story extremely interesting but she built it by peppering the story with details over the course of the book so it never bogged down the action. I was completely engaged in this one from the very beginning and impressed with the pace of the book all throughout. Along with the wonderful world building the characters all seemed to be well fleshed out along the way. As more and more happens in the story I really felt myself caring about what was to come their way and on the edge of my seat waiting to see how it would turn out with little twists coming all throughout. In the end I found this one to be quite unique and well written and would definitely recommend checking it out! I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

    "We might be foolish. We even be going to our deaths. But at least we were doing it together." Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me an arc for my honest review. Caryn Lix will be stopping by for a live chat on my Facebook Group Book Group in August - be sure to come check it out! TBR and Beyond Sanctuary was such a wild ride and I loved every minute of it. Space Prison? Check! Superhuman child criminals? Check! Conspiracy, Corruption and cool dystopian setting? You got it babe! What about a "We might be foolish. We even be going to our deaths. But at least we were doing it together." Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me an arc for my honest review. Caryn Lix will be stopping by for a live chat on my Facebook Group Book Group in August - be sure to come check it out! TBR and Beyond Sanctuary was such a wild ride and I loved every minute of it. Space Prison? Check! Superhuman child criminals? Check! Conspiracy, Corruption and cool dystopian setting? You got it babe! What about a terrifying unknown presence stalking the people on the station? Don't worry this book has you there too! I learned about this book back in January and immediately threw it on my Most-Anticipated of 2018 list. I've been really down for more and more sci-fi lately and this had a mix of dystopian with it (which is always good times in my eyes), so I was fairly confident going in that this was going to be my kind of book. I am happy to report - I was right on the money with this one. We start off on some futuristic prison that is set in space - the reason being that they have some of the most dangerous criminal super powered kids on the station and they don't want them anywhere near Earth - that's pretty damn intense! I loved the setting - it felt very isolated and I could almost imagine how sterile most of it would be and just gave me this overall unfriendly feeling. We are introduced to our protagonist Kenzie very early on and learn that she is one of the younger guards on the ship, that happens to be run by both her parents. The story does as good job at taking the time to let us get to know the character, the setting and the general politics of the situation. I thought that was really important because it could have gotten confusing really fast once things really took off. I had zero problem following the story because Lix took that time at the start. Things get moving when there is a prison break-out attempt and Kenzie is taken hostage by the kids. Things start to get crazy from there on out and it's a very fast ride after that. One thing I freaking loved is that this book seemed like we were going to hit the dreaded insta-love category almost immediately - We really don't! Yes, two teens are attracted to each other and clinging to each other but it's mentioned more than once that they are likely having intense feelings for each other because of the life and death situation they are being put under and they acknowledge that they don't have a clue who the other one really is and you will not hear any undying love speeches in this one. It felt much more authentic this way. I'm wary to say too much about this story because I feel like you should read it and let it unfold in all it's fun glory. I should also say that if you are someone who is really hesitant about the sci-fi genre, don't be. This book is VERY accessible. There is no crazy jargon - you won't be lost. It's straight forward in that sense. It would be great for people who don't have an extensive background in reading sci-books. I ate it right up. Overall, I would highly recommend picking this one up and the author is Canadian (that always makes me happy to see). The book is intense, rather than straight up scary and there is nothing offensive in the book so younger teens would be fine with this one I think. Make sure you come check out my Facebook Book Group - link in profile and come talk to Caryn live next month.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karlita | Tale Out Loud

    Full Review at Tale Out Loud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Actual rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars I decided to go blind on this knowing as little as reading the book’s overview. The first few chapters were a bit tedious but undeniably a sleeper for all the next scenes to come. So I’m not surprise that it’s a dormant black hole that sucked me in without meaning to stop because I could exactly imagine the goriness of every scene straight from an alien movie—not one from E.T but the legit ALIEN fil Full Review at Tale Out Loud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram Actual rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars I decided to go blind on this knowing as little as reading the book’s overview. The first few chapters were a bit tedious but undeniably a sleeper for all the next scenes to come. So I’m not surprise that it’s a dormant black hole that sucked me in without meaning to stop because I could exactly imagine the goriness of every scene straight from an alien movie—not one from E.T but the legit ALIEN film series where badass Ellen Ripley fights off deadly-scary creatures while on space. It all started with a routine drill where Kenzie is a junior guard on Sanctuary, a prison cell for superpowered criminal teens. With her Dad scheduled to leave for a training exercise on Earth with Jonathan and Noah, Kenzie, Rita and her Mom which also happened to be the Commander, were the only ones left to uphold Sanctuary’s security. However, when a merchant ship distress call turned into something horrifying, while a prison break was in the making, the tension and danger was imminent not only to the space station itself but to everyone who’s on Earth. This automatically sets the story in motion and into a fast rolling action. In the midst of fighting the unknown, whether they were a superpowered anomaly or a citizen living by the rules set by the Omnistellar Concept, Kenzie, Cage and the rest found an ally on each other for them to survive. Kenzie’s character had a major shift, which was pretty obvious the way she empathized with the other prisoners. From being a loyal Omnistellar guard bound by rules, regulations and protocols, she knew deep down that there’s an unfairness in the situation. As the story went on, I love how she developed a sense of independence and made a stand on her own decisions. She may not have a superpower like the other anomalies who run like the Flash or anything like pyro kinetic but her bravery is what makes her a badass character. That same goes with Rune who was projected as calm and gentle but her shrewdness and ability was what brought their entire sector into safety for the majority of the time. And I couldn’t say less with Mia. She may act tough in front of everybody but she cares a lot on her own way. I also love the wonderful diverse cast of characters that presented the message of unity fighting for a single goal and realized that in times of difficult situations, whatever status they hold in the society, they're actually all but the same. The injustices between corporate citizenship and government citizenship also didn't go unnoticed which is parallel to what is currently happening right now.  Though there were questions that didn’t get answers in the end, which I think an author’s intention to put some sort of open-ended drama that sway readers and have that longing to know what will happen next to Kenzie and Cage; are they going to explore-like Star Trek wandering into the galaxy? I don’t know what to expect yet but I’m certainly excited for a second book. Sanctuary is an eerie, thrilling and action-packed story that equally leveled the suspense and intensity of all sci-fi movies about aliens I have ever watched. If you are in for a ride and love to take on an adventure, I recommend you read this book and board the ship so you won’t miss the fun I had in space. ***Thank you to NetGalley, Simon Pulse, Fantastic Flying Book Club and Caryn Lix for providing me an eARC in exchange for a fair and honest review!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Who Reads

    4 stars This was such an awesome read! I mean, first off, conceptually it's such a great idea. Y'know I have a fondness for prison guards switching to the other side, as well as sci-fi, teens with mysterious superpowers, space, mysterious aliens, corporations, and all sorts of other science fictiony awesomeness. And this reads like such an epic alien horror novel, in a non-tacky way! It's not like that low budget alien horror movie with the laughable effects, but the super big expensive one that re 4 stars This was such an awesome read! I mean, first off, conceptually it's such a great idea. Y'know I have a fondness for prison guards switching to the other side, as well as sci-fi, teens with mysterious superpowers, space, mysterious aliens, corporations, and all sorts of other science fictiony awesomeness. And this reads like such an epic alien horror novel, in a non-tacky way! It's not like that low budget alien horror movie with the laughable effects, but the super big expensive one that really makes you feel like you're gonna be jumped by an alien any minute. I loved the atmosphere, and it's a really unique one that I haven't really seen in YA before. I mean, alien horror just sounds totally amazing, doesn't it? I was definitely on my toes for a lot of this and may or may not have glanced behind my shoulder once or twice (okay fine, multiple times). And it was all so intense and the action scenes are the greatest! I was extremely thrilled while reading, and now I know that if I could have only one thing from Caryn Lix, it'd be her stellar action scenes! They are thrilling and engaging and not at all stunted or awkward sounding. They flow seamlessly and it's like all this action is happening and you're right there with the characters as an alien attacks you! So fun! (Who doesn't love being attacked by aliens?) I just had so much fun reading those parts, especially as the book got more and more intense and mysterious as it neared the end. I loved the pacing of the second half of the book, but I do think that the first half dragged a little too much for me. But despite it seeming lengthy in page count, I do need to add that I gobbled this up anyways and it didn't really slow my reading experience. It felt like Lix was dawdling a bit in the initial couple hundred of pages as she set everything up, and although I did love reading about Kenzie's loyalty to the corporation, I think it was incorporated enough in the second half of the novel's narrative enough that her loyalty would be established without the first half being so long. It's kind of like this novel is two pieces--establishing Kenzie's corporate loyalties and setting this up, and then fighting aliens. I wanted these pieces to flow a little more smoothly together, which could have happened through condensing the first a bit. The corporation theme is super cool and the only thing I wish was different is if it was maintained as a theme more strongly throughout the second half too. It ends up being used more as a motivator rather than something the characters actually want to change and fight against, and in this book it was like I was holding my breath, waiting for the corporation fightback that didn't happen because aliens became an (unfortunate) thing. My rating would have been a half star or two lower if I didn't get confirmation from the author that there was going to be a sequel. There's a lot of themes that I felt were left not fully explored and unresolved and I would not have been satisfied with this book if it was a standalone. So rest assured that there will be a book 2 next summer. Which brings me to my (new) analysis of this book as the first of two--great job. Really great job of setting up the themes to be closed in book 2. (My reaction would be completely different if this was a standalone.) I definitely hope the characters will revisit corporatism, as well as some other themes in the novel like... The aliens. How cool are these aliens? I mean, we don't know that much about them still, but what we do know is really interesting and I love how Lix set them up in the scope of the whole universe. And they're a vicious thing to fight against, which makes it really interesting. These aren't really your "Let's contemplate if they're friendly aliens!" type aliens, but I don't really mind it. Maybe I'm in a warmongering mood (y'know, they did kill and kidnap a bunch of people from the start), but this type of alien murder touches in with my ruthless side. And although the alien plotline is temporarily fixed for now, I feel like there's a lot in store for the teens still, and there's still a bunch of mysteries behind the aliens. So--cool beans, right? I hope we see more of that in book 2. I have to admit, but I didn't really read this for the characters. I read this for the corporations and alien fights and larger scope of the picture that's more commonly found in adult sci-fi, so although the characters were fine and not irritating, I don't really have much to say about them. Kenzie narrated the story well and the romance wasn't really that invasive so I didn't end up minding the attempts at character development. Not the book's strong suit, but nothing terrible. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Sanctuary for all of the really exciting action scenes and badass alien fights. I'm really excited for Lix to begin exploring some of the more subtle and character based themes in book 2, and will definitely be reading the sequel next year! If you love the sound of alien horror novels or something with fierce action scenes, then I definitely recommend you check out Sanctuary! Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  5. 3 out of 5

    Michelle

    Book review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... 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. Serio Book review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress... 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is so good!! I couldn’t put it down. Can’t believe it’s a debut😱 It’s an action-packed SF with a pinch of horror set in space, and it reads like an intense action movie: breathlessly. Can’t wait to read book 2! 🤗 Thanks to the publisher for my e-copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

    4.5/5 Fall down seven times. Get up eight. Holy crap, this book was awesome!! To be honest I didn't know what to expect going in - I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not, and after seeing it pitched as compared to the Darkest Minds, I was skeptical. Surprisingly, I was blown away!! I wasn't too sure in the beginning, though - I wasn't a huge fan of the writing for some reason that I couldn't quite put my finger on. But the premise was super intriguing - a prison for teens with superpowers? 4.5/5 Fall down seven times. Get up eight. Holy crap, this book was awesome!! To be honest I didn't know what to expect going in - I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not, and after seeing it pitched as compared to the Darkest Minds, I was skeptical. Surprisingly, I was blown away!! I wasn't too sure in the beginning, though - I wasn't a huge fan of the writing for some reason that I couldn't quite put my finger on. But the premise was super intriguing - a prison for teens with superpowers?! It had a very X-Men feel to it and I wanted to know more. However, I didn't get super hooked until THINGS started happening. And let me tell you, it was SO CREEPY!! I loved it so much! When the breach happened it had an amazingly disturbing Alien feel to it, and I was HOOKED! After that I was 100% engrossed in this book. There were certain scenes where I was all and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! I had to stop 100 pages from the end because um, sleep, and it killed me a little bit. This book was hella intense! Some of the scenes were super freaky and bone chilling and I was totally white knuckling it, you guys. It was give-you-goosebumps eerie!! Fair warning, though: This book is gory. Delightfully so (to me, heh). I really liked the characters! I loved Rune and Alexei, and even stabby Mia (um, okay maybe her most of all). And I was surprised by how much I connected to Kenzie. She was a good blend of weakness and strength - she was a badass, but had her moments where she kind of broke down; but given the circumstances it was pretty realistic! I love that she stuck to her guns and always tried to do what was right against all odds. She was fierce and resilient! I loved Cage, too! He was steadfast and a great match for Kenzie. Oh and did I mention there was some great diversity in the main cast? Rune and Cage were Chinese, Alexei was Russian, and Mia was Irish! There were some POC minor characters too! I don't want to say much else without spoilers because I don't want to ruin anything! (view spoiler)[THE ALIENS!! AHHH! They were so FLIPPING FREAKY that I can't even! The description reminded me of something I've seen before, that looks like a kind of humanoid, skinless rodent with big sharp teeth, a tail, and blind milky eyes? I can't figure out for the life of me where my mental image is coming from. But they were creepy! (hide spoiler)] This book was so cinematic! I had no problem picturing everything in my head, and it was all so convincing and vivid. Kudos to Lix for bringing the world of Sanctuary to life! It felt like a blend of Alien and Gemina with a pinch of the Flash (the show) and Contagion. Highly recommend! This review was originally posted on Novel Heartbeat. To see a breakdown of my assessment, please visit the full review here.

  8. 3 out of 5

    Aila

    "Where did my loyalties to the company end and my loyalties to humanity begin? Every nugget of truth I gave them about myself was against company regulations, but if there was a chance I could help, I had to take it." Quick notes before review: - I separate this book into two acts: Act One: Corporatism Act Two: Alien Entity - Something with survival stories isn't quite clicking with me these days, because Act Two was basically a bunch of action with survival in mind against an unknown alien force. "Where did my loyalties to the company end and my loyalties to humanity begin? Every nugget of truth I gave them about myself was against company regulations, but if there was a chance I could help, I had to take it." Quick notes before review: - I separate this book into two acts: Act One: Corporatism Act Two: Alien Entity - Something with survival stories isn't quite clicking with me these days, because Act Two was basically a bunch of action with survival in mind against an unknown alien force. - The thing about large amounts of action (which is definitely fun and exciting) is that it sacrifices relationship exploration, characterization, and world/story-building to make up for everything else that's going on. Because of this, I think certain interesting aspects of the story weren't drawn to their fullest potential. - TAIWANESE LOVE INTEREST THOUGH YESSSS <3 <3 - But in all seriousness, most of the characters introduced did not have such distinct personalities, and even those came out as weak at times. I really couldn't get myself to care about them. - The corporatism could have been explored more fully for me. Yes, the company is bad. But where is this rooted from? How did they develop in this future? How can the characters combat this? This aspect of the story is thrown away in the second half of the book when the alien variable is added. - Main romance is quick-paced and insta-attraction. The good news is that both characters know and acknowledge this fast progression. I thought it was pretty enjoyable. - Very fast-paced! Never a dull moment. - Kids with superpowers are trapped in a space facility with aliens. Exciting, right? - BUT, the superpowers weren't even used that often against the aliens, with the kids being more in favor of guns and technology in regards to actual combat (versus defensive abilities like invisibility). So for me, this wasn't as particularly exciting as I expected. - I do still think action-orientated readers will enjoy this. - Personally, my qualm with survival stories is that when trying to stay live is the most immediate conflict, this gives very little to what readers are reaching for. Am I continuing this book to see kids end the hegemony of companies on planets? Kill all the aliens? Now that the mc realizes Omnistellar is bad, what is she going to do? - Well-written internal struggle between the loyalties of Omnistellar that Kenzie grew up with and newfound knowledge that the escaped prisoners of Sanctuary present to her. - Content Warning: explicit violence Made aesthetics over hereee: https://twitter.com/aila_1woaa/status...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Lots of action and some young, insta-romance and an all-powerful corporation lording over the solar system. SANCTUARY by Caryn Lix deserves to stand on its own merit as fresh and not be compared to books that have gone before! Kenzie believes the corporation is everything. She has spent her lifetime training for one goal, to become an Elite Guard on Sanctuary, a penal facility for super-powered teens. When a routine drill becomes a hostage situation for Kenzie, she will learn that blood may not b Lots of action and some young, insta-romance and an all-powerful corporation lording over the solar system. SANCTUARY by Caryn Lix deserves to stand on its own merit as fresh and not be compared to books that have gone before! Kenzie believes the corporation is everything. She has spent her lifetime training for one goal, to become an Elite Guard on Sanctuary, a penal facility for super-powered teens. When a routine drill becomes a hostage situation for Kenzie, she will learn that blood may not be thicker than corporate loyalty, as she is left to fend for herself. Has she been fooled by Omnistellar’s public face? Has the entire solar system? Kenzie will go against all she thought she knew in order to survive as an ancient evil permeates Sanctuary. The enemy of her enemy will become her unlikely allies as she must choose to stand with the prisoners in order to survive. After a well-defined world is created, strap in and hang on tight for some fast-paced action and a chaotic bid for survival as Kenzie sees the truth behind the corporate Kool-Aid, discovers an unlikely romance at the worst time and fights evil in its most terrifying form. Definitely a younger YA read! When the action starts, it is non-stop tension and movement, wonderful for holding a younger reader’s attention! More mature readers may clamber for more character depth or some more dirt on the corporation, but the target age is going to find this magnetic and I am all for grabbing readers while they are young! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Simon Pulse! Publisher: Simon Pulse (July 24, 2018) Publication Date: July 24, 2018 Genre: Teen/YA Scifi Print Length: 480 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Holy cow, I loved this. I'll post a more detailed review and link in a few days after my feels have calmed down! Update: Full review can be found here.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Chapelway

    4.5 stars! This book was sooo good! And soooo intense! I loved it soooo much! I've been looking for a ya sci-fi horror thriller to read, and while this book read more like a super hero story for the first half, the second half certainly lived up to my expectations. Aliens were always jumping around the corners to say "boo!" I loved it. Sanctuary is seriously so unique. I loved the premise and honestly I had no idea which direction this story would turn. The characters were adorable. I loved them so 4.5 stars! This book was sooo good! And soooo intense! I loved it soooo much! I've been looking for a ya sci-fi horror thriller to read, and while this book read more like a super hero story for the first half, the second half certainly lived up to my expectations. Aliens were always jumping around the corners to say "boo!" I loved it. Sanctuary is seriously so unique. I loved the premise and honestly I had no idea which direction this story would turn. The characters were adorable. I loved them so much. They kind of reminded me of my own characters in A Certain Sort of Madness, and true to form as I neared the end of the book the adoring smile slipped off my face until I was just shouting, "stop killing my babies!" and "what are you doing to them? They were innocent!!" I was a little worried about a potential relationship between Kenzie and Cage, that it might be like Stockholm syndrome or something, but it really wasn't. Cage was literally the most precious person ever and I ended up being more worried that Kenzie would hurt him than the other way around. Content: Some mild kissing, violence, and language (mostly the language wasn't too bad, but there was one word that I docked the half a star for) All around this was such a fun story and I would recommend it to everyone looking for a ya sci-fi horror thriller or even just a super hero story. I cannot wait for the next book!

  12. 3 out of 5

    Aneta Bak

    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 e 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. Happy Reading, Aneta

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher via Edelweiss *Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction / Alien Contact *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Caryn Lix's Sanctuary is the first book in the author's Sanctuary series. When I read Aliens meet The Darkest Minds on NetGalley, I immediately jumped to request the book. I was not disappointed. The book takes place onboard a place called Sanctuary, where an AI runs the entire show. Sanctuary is staffed by 6 humans who oversee a prison of hundreds of superpowered teens. These teens have be *Source* Publisher via Edelweiss *Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction / Alien Contact *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Caryn Lix's Sanctuary is the first book in the author's Sanctuary series. When I read Aliens meet The Darkest Minds on NetGalley, I immediately jumped to request the book. I was not disappointed. The book takes place onboard a place called Sanctuary, where an AI runs the entire show. Sanctuary is staffed by 6 humans who oversee a prison of hundreds of superpowered teens. These teens have been told that they are abominations, dangerous, and need to be taken out of society. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    Man, I freaking LOVED this book! It's like X-men or The Darkest Minds with Illuminae! The romance was SO GOOD! SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait for the sequel!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (The Novel Lush)

    2.5 ish stars. I tried and tried, but I just could not get into this book. It seemed that every page, I stumbled over another common YA trope. I also could not connect with Kenzie at all. There were several times where she pat herself on the back for being smarter or better than others, or hinted that she had more to prove and they were jealous of her, then seconds later she did something incredibly stupid. I also kind of found her narrative to be a bit clunky in that she walked us through every 2.5 ish stars. I tried and tried, but I just could not get into this book. It seemed that every page, I stumbled over another common YA trope. I also could not connect with Kenzie at all. There were several times where she pat herself on the back for being smarter or better than others, or hinted that she had more to prove and they were jealous of her, then seconds later she did something incredibly stupid. I also kind of found her narrative to be a bit clunky in that she walked us through every single one of her thoughts, spelled out, in case we didn't grasp her meaning. For instance when she was referring to herself walking through the prison and she mentioned something to the affect of: "But a teenage girl walking through the halls (me) would be noticed". The blind faith in 'The Corporation' was also, I felt, a bit of a stretch. As a guard of supposedly super dangerous criminals, the highest ranking official ignored possible issues because they should 'have faith in the corporation'. In that kind of job taking *anything* for granted could cost someone their life, so it annoyed me a bit. The vernacular also got a bit corny to me at times, but I didn't take that into account in my star rating because it's a YA book, and that could be the reasoning for it? Not sure, but several cliche statements were made, such as "xyz could be the end of the world as we know it." It felt very William Shatner. The romance was very, very "Insta" and the second half of the book in and of itself seemed like it should have been a second book? The entire shift of the story changed, but in a way that felt kind of disjointed, like moving from season 1 to season 2 or book 1 to book 2, not the same story. Overall, I didn't enjoy this book very much unfortunately, though I wanted to because SciFi is one of my favorites.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tara Gilboy

    I stayed up until midnight finishing this book because I couldn’t wait to see how it ended! SANCTUARY gripped me from start to finish. I’m not usually a big science fiction reader, but Caryn Lix deftly handles the world-building in a way that makes the book approachable, even for non-sci-fi readers, crafting characters and conflicts that I was eager to follow. I was immediately drawn in to Kenzie’s struggle. Few books hook me in quite the same way SANCTUARY did – it feels “big” to me in the same I stayed up until midnight finishing this book because I couldn’t wait to see how it ended! SANCTUARY gripped me from start to finish. I’m not usually a big science fiction reader, but Caryn Lix deftly handles the world-building in a way that makes the book approachable, even for non-sci-fi readers, crafting characters and conflicts that I was eager to follow. I was immediately drawn in to Kenzie’s struggle. Few books hook me in quite the same way SANCTUARY did – it feels “big” to me in the same way The Hunger Games or The Fifth Wave did. I would not at all be surprised if this book takes off like those series in a huge way. SANCTUARY has “blockbuster movie” written all over it. I hope there is a sequel coming soon because I will be first in line to buy it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katya de Becerra

    Sanctuary definitely hits all the right notes to fuel my obsession with all things alien contact, extra-terrestrial sentience, and the ethics surrounding the treatment of superpowered humanity. This dazzling debut offers as much food for thought as it does heart-pounding non-stop action. Building on its cyberpunk genre foundations of near-future corporatism, where all-powerful corporations offer people citizenship that comes along with lives better than Earth countries-based governments ever cou Sanctuary definitely hits all the right notes to fuel my obsession with all things alien contact, extra-terrestrial sentience, and the ethics surrounding the treatment of superpowered humanity. This dazzling debut offers as much food for thought as it does heart-pounding non-stop action. Building on its cyberpunk genre foundations of near-future corporatism, where all-powerful corporations offer people citizenship that comes along with lives better than Earth countries-based governments ever could, Sanctuary's story begins on a Artificial Intelligence-controlled space prison (the eponymous Sanctuary) for dangerous superpowered teenagers, before cleverly shifting gears to become a terrifying alien contact story, exploring some moral grey areas and asking tough existential questions, against the background of daring adventure and space survival. (My fellow fans of Aliens and Prometheus will be thrilled!) The cold, sterile and robotic world of Sanctuary-the-prison is juxtaposed with the conflicted soul-searching of the very much human Kenzie, the protagonist, who quickly must learn to think for herself, and find her strength if she wants to survive. A riveting, unforgettable read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    SO GOOD! Kind of Illuminae-esque.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Timanda

    I love this book! It's fast-paced and heart-pounding, and the comp titles in the description are completely accurate.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ambur

    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 everythin 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!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I really wasn't sure about this one when I started. The first few chapters were kind of rough- like, I thought I might DNF honestly. And look, you definitely have to suspend some disbelief if you want to fully enjoy this one. But enjoy it I did when it got going! What I Liked: The characters! They're probably my favorite thing about the book, actually. Like Kenzie was okay at first, an You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I really wasn't sure about this one when I started. The first few chapters were kind of rough- like, I thought I might DNF honestly. And look, you definitely have to suspend some disbelief if you want to fully enjoy this one. But enjoy it I did when it got going! What I Liked: The characters! They're probably my favorite thing about the book, actually. Like Kenzie was okay at first, and her parents were kind of driving me bananas, but then when we get to the actual prison kids? Oh yes, I am in! And Kenzie got a lot better, too. She started to become much more likable as the book progressed. Morally grey decisions FTW! Ohhh how I love these. And I love when there is definitely not a "good", or obvious decision, and that is how a lot of stuff in this story went down. And the characters, of course, did not always agree on which decision was less awful. Makes for a compelling plot. There was quite a bit of action once things got going. A lot of bold choices, too. I was glad to see that the author didn't shy away from certain decisions, so the book never once seemed too easy, or safe.  What I Didn't: Really, just the parts where I had to suspend some disbelief. But I am not the best at that, so. Especially in the beginning, some of Kenzie's choices didn't make a ton of sense to me, based on what I knew of her. And she was making me mad. But that was really just the first quarter of the book or so, and after that it was smooth sailing. Will I Read the Sequel? Goodness yes, I obviously need to know what will happen now! Bottom Line: If you love a space adventure with a fun cast of characters and can get on board with a little suspension of disbelief, this is definitely one to check out!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Skye ~ A Court of Binge Reading

    **Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review** **3.75 stars** This is a fun, action-packed Sci-Fi space adventure with aliens. YES, aliens. I was so excited to read this story. It's completely different from what I have been reading lately. There haven’t been many YA alien stories lately--unless I've somehow missed them. So, Sanctuary was not only a delight to read but a breath of fresh air. Plot: Kenzie is a junior guard on Sanctuary **Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review** **3.75 stars** This is a fun, action-packed Sci-Fi space adventure with aliens. YES, aliens. I was so excited to read this story. It's completely different from what I have been reading lately. There haven’t been many YA alien stories lately--unless I've somehow missed them. So, Sanctuary was not only a delight to read but a breath of fresh air. Plot: Kenzie is a junior guard on Sanctuary, a prison for supernatural teens...IN SPACE. Sanctuary is owned by a corporation called Omnistellar. In this story, you either live in a corporate controlled city or a government controlled city. Corporate controlled cities operate much better as there is less crime and money. Corporations are able to provide more for their citizens than bankrupt governments. This causes those who live and work in corporate controlled cities to be fiercely loyal to their company. Case in point: Kenzie's parents. Both of her parents work on Sanctuary and are incredibly loyal and devout in their duties--especially Kenzie's mom, the Commander of Sanctuary. Kenzie has grown up her whole life knowing she is blessed and indebted to Omnistellar for always providing for her family. The plot takes off once Kenzie is abducted by some of the prisoners onboard. This is the first time Kenzie has ever truly been around the prisoners--most of whom are her age or younger. Soon, she is faced with a dilemma as her loyalty and training as a guard kick in while her conscience and compassion feel for the prisoners. But, then it doesn't seem to matter which side you are on: guard or prisoner as a bigger threat looms in the space station. There are mysterious, lethal, intelligent creatures roaming around Sanctuary. The only option is for Kenzie to join forces with the prisoners. Pros: --the whole premise of the novel --unique futuristic world --alienssssss --perfect for action-oriented readers --good twists --instalove (if you're a fan) --enemies to lovers trope (if you're a fan of it--like me: P) --great foundation/launch pad for this series Cons: --instalove (if you aren't a fan) --not much character depth or development --doesn't go into the corporations hidden agenda very much (I imagine it will be discussed in future books) Overall: I rather enjoyed this story. It's different than almost every other YA sci-fi book being released lately. However, I do think this book is intended for younger YA audiences as it is more action-packed which is meant to capture and maintain the reader's attention. Older audiences might wish for more development, BUT this story is still enjoyable just the way it is. It was a great change of pace for me, honestly. It was more of a light, fun read as it isn't chock full of world building and character building. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series. P.S.: Can someone make this into a movie? It'd be PERFECT for the big screen. Bookstagram | Twitter

  23. 5 out of 5

    JJ || This Dark Material

    BLOG // BLOGLOVIN' // TWITTER The X-Men meet Alien in Caryn Lix's debut novel about a space prison filled with teenagers in possession of mysterious superpowers. A prison break accidentally coordinates with a mysterious alien assault, leaving both the prisoners and the skeleton crew guarding them at risk. Hints of corporate intrigue peek in through the more immediate danger as well, the history of Earth and how familiar nations were eventually divided into areas still controlled by the government BLOG // BLOGLOVIN' // TWITTER The X-Men meet Alien in Caryn Lix's debut novel about a space prison filled with teenagers in possession of mysterious superpowers. A prison break accidentally coordinates with a mysterious alien assault, leaving both the prisoners and the skeleton crew guarding them at risk. Hints of corporate intrigue peek in through the more immediate danger as well, the history of Earth and how familiar nations were eventually divided into areas still controlled by the government—crime- and poverty-riddled, with little hope of escape—and those taken over by corporations, who benevolently provide every necessity to employees and their families. Sanctuary, the prison under attack, is owned by one such corporation; Omnistellar demands absolute loyalty and Kenzie, the daughter of two esteemed employees, has grown up with that expectation. Sanctuary follows her efforts to survive first a hostage situation, then the larger threat of intruders in the prison, as well as her gradual understanding that the narrative Omnistellar has spun around its prisoners and their criminal proclivities may not be entirely true...or, at least, that there's a second side to the story. A typical teenage girl, Kenzie spends her days fretting over her grades and her performance as a junior guard, a position that might one day secure her a permanent position with the company. She likes manga, often asking herself what the heroine Robo Mecha Dream Girl would do. Her moderate training is no match for the prisoners and their powers once they manage to remove the repression chips embedded in their skin. Once they are all thrown into a battle for their lives, however, her knowledge of the space station and combat skills place her on more equal footing. The prisoners vary not only in age and powers, but represent a diverse cast of backgrounds and personalities. Cage, the ringleader, and his twin sister Rune shine brightest, their familial bond easily conveyed on the page. Some of the younger prisoners' timidity fails to match with their substantial powers and the danger Omnistellar claims they pose to society, furthering Kenzie's internal conflict. Sharp-tongued Mia fits in better with the image of a hardened criminal, as does her boyfriend Alexei. A couple of twists take the story in unexpected directions, although one in particular is pure YA trope indulgence. It's a slightly strange and largely unwelcome development; as Sanctuary nears its conclusion, the wholly anticipated reveal feels like an awkward attempt to patch a potential plot hole. By far the weakest part of Sanctuary is the budding romance between Kenzie and Cage. In less than a day their feelings of mistrust and anger transform into affection, even while under the constant duress of an alien assault. It's a cumbersome and unnecessary addition to an already busy plot. With the way paved for at least one additional book, the progression of attraction happens too quickly and would have fit in better during the calm that follows the survivors' escape. Santuary also suffers from a bloated page count. At nearly 500 pages long, Lix could have trimmed a hundred pages and significantly upped the tension. Instead many of the thrills come from cliffhanger chapter endings, with an alien's sudden appearance or an undisclosed shocking discovery. It's a tactic that keeps you turning the pages, although a little reluctantly as the story plods on. A tighter focus on the strain of survival and less attention paid to the shadowy corporations, whose activities could be addressed in the inevitable sequel, would have greatly increased the readability. As it is, Sanctuary delivers some predictable excitement in a pleasing mash-up of genres, sure to entertain a ravenous sci-fi buff.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    Kenzie is a loyal corporate citizen and a junior guard on Sanctuary, a space station and prison for criminal teens with superpowers, the result of a mysterious alien probe. At a time when the crew has been reduced to just her and her mother who just happens to be the warden, the prisoners take Kenzie hostage, hoping to use her as a means to escape. Kenzie has already begun to question everything she believed about the corporation, her mother’s love for her, but, most of all, the prisoners when t Kenzie is a loyal corporate citizen and a junior guard on Sanctuary, a space station and prison for criminal teens with superpowers, the result of a mysterious alien probe. At a time when the crew has been reduced to just her and her mother who just happens to be the warden, the prisoners take Kenzie hostage, hoping to use her as a means to escape. Kenzie has already begun to question everything she believed about the corporation, her mother’s love for her, but, most of all, the prisoners when the station is taken over by alien monsters. Now she must work with the prisoners if anyone is to survive. Sanctuary is the debut novel by author Caryn Lix. It took me a little while to get into the story. The first quarter or so is mainly buildup to the hostage taking and it felt like one of those books I consume over time – enjoyable but certainly something I could pick up or put down easily. With the exception of Kenzie, the characters in this first part are mostly the adult staff and, frankly, they are not particularly interesting. However, once the aliens arrive, things really take off and I mean like jet-propelled take-off. The action becomes almost non-stop. The story also switches from the guards to the kids who are much more interesting and likeable - it is easy to become invested in what’s happening to them and most of it’s bad. This is a YA book and so, of course, there is the requisite romance that blossoms just a bit too quickly but, fortunately, it didn’t slow things down too much. Sanctuary is aimed at a 12+ audience but it definitely has appeal for adult readers. However, there is a great deal of violence, much of it aimed at the kids, many of whom don’t survive so I would suggest that it might not be suitable for younger children. The story is wrapped up fairly well but there is enough left open for a sequel and I, for one, am already in line for it. Thanks to Netgalley and Simon &Schuster Canada/Simon Pulse for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christina Reid

    Loved this! Review to come as part of the blog tour-check out my blog for an interview with the author.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Madalin

    4.75 stars Y'ALL... This is now one of my favorite space books ever! It's almost 500 pages but there's action on every single page and it left me on the edge of my seat the entire time. If you are at all interested in space or aliens this book is for you!! Even if you're not into books set in space I think that Sanctuary is so entertaining that it wouldn't even matter. And the best part- IT'S AN ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE. I am trash for enemies to lovers trope and it was done SO well. Also, ther 4.75 stars Y'ALL... This is now one of my favorite space books ever! It's almost 500 pages but there's action on every single page and it left me on the edge of my seat the entire time. If you are at all interested in space or aliens this book is for you!! Even if you're not into books set in space I think that Sanctuary is so entertaining that it wouldn't even matter. And the best part- IT'S AN ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE. I am trash for enemies to lovers trope and it was done SO well. Also, there is a plot twist that I did not see coming at all, and I was shook. Y'all please pick this up in July, it's so freaking good.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    ~~ I was provided with an ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~~ Pretty good - I was definitely invested in the book, but less so in Kenzie, more so invested in the background stories of the company life itself and the Sanctuary prisoners. Kenzie became more interesting over time, which made it easy to continue reading the stories. I look forward to reading where the story goes in the future.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Putting this down for now. I wasn't sold on the plot, so I kept putting it down. Will try again soon.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel R

    You had me at aliens + super powers. (Seriously though, great book!)

  30. 3 out of 5

    Tara

    Normally I don't write reviews and such for books, I just rate them on Goodreads so I can have better recommendations and such. But when I looked at the reviews of this book, and noticed they were all ranked highly, and then noticed most of them were ranked highly because they were sent arcs of the book, I decided I had to step in and warn others off of reading this book. The writing was pretty average. I have nothing against it, other than the fact that it would seem to skip details sometimes, an Normally I don't write reviews and such for books, I just rate them on Goodreads so I can have better recommendations and such. But when I looked at the reviews of this book, and noticed they were all ranked highly, and then noticed most of them were ranked highly because they were sent arcs of the book, I decided I had to step in and warn others off of reading this book. The writing was pretty average. I have nothing against it, other than the fact that it would seem to skip details sometimes, and the author would forget she never wrote a sentence here or there, and just move on as if she had. But it only happened a few times, so it was something I could get over. What I can't get over? The extraordinarily cliche storyline, horrible pace of the book, and the two-dimensional characters. The plot isn't anything I haven't heard before, but what bothered me more were the decisions the author thought was okay for the main character, Kenzie, to make. ***Spoilers below*** Take this. Kenzie, who's spent her entire life thinking of these prisoners that she guards and prevents from escaping as the worst criminals. She thinks of them more as animals than humans, and her first run-in with them only proved that to her. She devotes her entire life to Omnistellar Concepts, always believed and understood their laws, and gets constantly told that her life was as good and luxurious as it was because Omnistellar took care of them. As a result, she's extraordinarily loyal to them. So you'd think. Instead, when she first gets captured by these prisoners, she takes their word as truth. When they tell her Omnistellar was horrible to them, she maybe denies it for... an hour? Less? Did I mention most of this book took place in less than 24 hours? Keep that in mind. It's important. After only an hour (potentially less than that), she begins to doubt Omnistellar, which she'd had faith in her ENTIRE LIFE. I don't know about you, but if I were following something and believed in something and understood something for as long as she did, it would've taken me way longer than an hour to begin to doubt it; especially when I found this something to be justified time after time after time. The author went through so much to make it seem like Kenzie really thought Omnistellar was good and justified, but it all went to ashes in the span of just a few moments. Oh, also, it would've taken me way longer to doubt it simply because the people who were trying to convince me to doubt it were the very people who were wronged by it, the very people who I would've grown up thinking as animals and ruthless and cruel and DECEIVING. The people who had a bias against it, and have every reason to make me doubt it. AKA THE WRONG PEOPLE TO TAKE ANY WORD FROM. But, nah. She doesn't even think any of it's an act (and of course it's not, cause an evil corporation isn't exactly new to anyone), and she proves to everyone that her loyalty is about as easy to sway as a flag in the wind. The romance between her and Hu started way too quickly, and continued in such an unrealistic and somewhat awkward way. It was forced. Kenzie was holding hands with the leader of the prisoner's escape in less than twenty four hours. She was attached to him, wouldn't let him walk into danger or anything, all in less than twenty four hours. Shakespeare, anyone? I don't know about you, but if I were Kenzie, I would gladly let Hu walk into danger. I would gladly let every prisoner die, simply because they captured me, and I would've been brainwashed into thinking they were all cruel, despite what any of them say. You know, cause I can't trust them and all. Brainwashing doesn't come undone in less than a day, okay? I'm sorry, it just doesn't. Rune, Hu's twin, was about as unrealistic as the rest of them. What kind of person is held in a cell for 5 years and then befriends the prison guard, Kenzie, the moment they meet? Who. does. that. There was a moment towards the beginning of the book and Kenzie's capture, in which she was expected to sit by and watch as the prisoners all cut into themselves and remove their chips, which suppress their superpower abilities. Obviously, this hurt the prisoners. So how does Kenzie react? Oh, first she clutches Rune's hand (whom she'd just met only minutes earlier and is an enemy of, of course), in support, and closes her eyes, not wanting to watch these prisoners--her sworn enemies for her entire life--hurt themselves in front of her. Then she does what any person would do in her situation. You know, she helps them remove the chips from their arms. Duh. Who wouldn't help their enemies become stronger and enhance their chances of escaping the prison? I, obviously, would. Obviously. Whaaaaa? You mean you WOULDN'T? What a normal person. Pft. Kenzie, unlike you, is very trustworthy and finds the best in everyone, even her enemies. Wait, that's a bit of lie, sorry. She's very quick to find the worst of the corporation that basically gave her life. She's really grateful that way. Trust. This book is really cringe-y. Hu's supposed to be that classic charismatic leader, that smirking character who finds everything amusing, but the author just made him a bit of everything, and nothing at the same time. Sometimes he's that arrogant character, other times he's that really sympathetic and sweet character, other times he's that self-blaming character, and then he's that idiotic character that falls in love with his enemy in the span of only a couple hours. Sweet, isn't it? I'm not saying every character must only be one, but to be a little bit of everything doesn't really make a character anything. Hu's just a bunch of fragmented characters placed into one, and everything he does feels forced. Hu's not his own character, he's the author's puppet, and it's easy to see that. Furthermore, it seems the author falls into the trap of describing, but not showing. Often times, she'll describe how scared the main character is, but then Kenzie will act in a somewhat normal way. She'll calm herself down way too quickly, she'll react in a reasonable way, as opposed to being panic-driven at certain points. And don't even get me started on the mom. I don't know what kind of mother would choose to kill her daughter just to prove her devotion to a corporation. If it were my mom, I know she'd gladly become a criminal to save me--she wouldn't even hesitate. And Kenzie's mom wasn't some obnoxious, spoiled person who couldn't live without luxury. She was a normal human being, a little strict, but she wasn't vain. So why wouldn't she throw protocol out the window for her only child? For her daughter? Why would she willingly send her off to death? If it only meant living life as a criminal and on the run, but her daughter would be ALIVE, why wouldn't she do that? No one likes a slow-paced book, and that's understandable. But a book that's too fast-paced is much, much worse. At least with a slow-paced book, it pays off a little at the end. When a book moves too quickly, nothing that happens makes the reader feel good or victorious at all. This book kept jumping to the next thing so quickly that it was hard to truly connect to and understand the main character. It was hard to let her feelings (that were more described than shown), sink in before she began feeling a different way. In fact, I didn't connect to anything in the story, because everything was forced to happen so quickly (24 hours, people). For some reason, this book reminded me of The Host by Stephanie Meyer. And though I hated Twilight (couldn't even finish it), The Host was much better, and much more enjoyable than both Twilight and Sanctuary. I'd recommend that instead of this. I wouldn't waste your time on this.

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