Today is going to be a wonderfully lazy reading day for me, so if you’re feeling the same and you enjoy YA or sci-fi then you’ll want to hear about this book Sanctuary, here is what it’s about.
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.
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I swear I could have read this book in one sitting, I would have if I hadn’t had other stuff to do with my day, once I picked it up I was hooked.
The story was really interesting I liked that there were so many elements to it, everything worked well to create this wonderful tension. The pace is a little slower to start but then really picks up which is great because I got totally immersed. Unfortunately, I did find that maybe some of the things that happened nearer the end didn’t register as deeply as they would have because there was so much going on, but I suppose because it was such a high-pressure situation in the story it would be the same for some of the characters.
Whilst most of the story is based on the space station, Earth has a somewhat dystopian element where different parts are ruled by either corporations or the government and there are the anomalies, humans that have developed superpowers. I felt like it was all explained well, I mean I still have a few questions but I’m pretty sure that’s because Sanctuary is the first book in a series so they’ll probably be answered in later books.
At first Kenzie, the main character, seemed a little bit like she was trying too hard and I had a feeling like I would get annoyed with her eventually but as the story progressed I found that she came into her own. She still manages to think independently even with all the rules thrust upon her, she starts to prioritize those around her even though it is against her training and she becomes more open-minded to those around her.
The prisoners were also really fascinating, there was such a great mix of personalities and even though they could be quite combative at times it was good that they all had become a family. They also had a good mix of powers and I liked that they only used them when necessary, they had powers and they were useful but that wasn’t the only thing going for them.
I have to say I thought Cage and Kenzie were so cute together even though they didn’t really trust each other in the beginning the tension between them was fun. I also thought Rune was amazing, I liked that she was so accepting and was keen to get stuck in and not always be protected by Cage.
As I said before I am left with a few questions and I definitely can’t wait to see where the story goes next, this is a very solid start to a series and I will be keeping my eye out for book two.
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Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.