Sanctuary

Sanctuary

by Caryn Lix

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ISBN-13: 9781534405332
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Series: A Sanctuary Novel Series
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 173,561
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

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Sanctuary 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TheThoughtSpot 7 months ago
A scary sci-fi that I couldn't put down! Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for the opportunity to read and review Sanctuary by Caryn Lix! Kenzie lives in a space prison that houses teens with super powers. Kenzie and her parents help guard the prison, with a few others, and they work for the security system company that runs the adult prison and the teen prison that both hold Earth criminals with super powers. All seems well until the prisoners of Sanctuary escape their cells. Kenzie becomes somewhat of a hostage as the teenage prisoners try to work out their escape plan. The escape plan gets overridden with an alien invasion and the struggle to stay alive. This scary sci-fi kept me reading nonstop to the ending, 5 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
taramichelle 10 months ago
Rating: 3.5 Sanctuary, Caryn Lix’s debut novel, is an intriguing blend of science fiction and X-Men with a dash of romance and family drama thrown in. The characters are wonderfully diverse and the plot was action-packed and engaging. Like most mysteries/thrillers, I’d recommend going into this one knowing as little as possible. This review will be entirely spoiler free! Sanctuary begins with a security drill, which quickly sets the scene, acquainting the reader with the setting and the characters up front. I thought that it was an excellent way to start the novel since Lix manages to seamlessly blends action scenes with her world-building. There was a nice lull between the opening scene and when the main action begins. This allowed the reader to get to know Kenzie. The characters were intriguing and wonderfully diverse. However, I wish the secondary characters had been a bit more distinct and well-developed since they sometimes blended together for me. This is essentially a locked room mystery, which confines the story to a smaller scale. Additionally, this choice of setting creates a more immediate sense of danger since the characters are well aware that no help is coming. I personally would have liked there to be a bit more suspense and tension. However, I suspect that the thrills present will be enough for most readers. There are some bits that are slightly scarier but if you’ve made it through The Illuminae Files, you’ll be able to handle everything here. I love how Lix implemented the idea of the super-powered teens. In a manner somewhat reminiscent of The Darkest Minds, she examines what it means to have only part of the population with superpowers. Tied into this was some commentary on corporations, although that part of the plot could have been fleshed out a bit more. It was definitely thought-provoking to see our current culture reflected through a distorted dystopian lens. I’m intrigued to see how Lix further develops the concept in the sequel. Sanctuary was a fun, action-packed read that seemed significantly shorter than it’s almost 500 pages. Lix’s debut novel is a solid start to what promises to be an intriguing series. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
PattySmith87 10 months ago
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
courtofbingereading 10 months ago
**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.
tpolen 10 months ago
Think Alien and X-Men rolled together and dropped into a space prison. I'm asking myself why it took so long for someone to come up with this scenario. The author provides more than adequate world-building to understand the rules of this world and how these characters arrived at the positions they're in, but omits just enough to allow speculation and mystery, and I liked that. I formed all kinds of theories, but have to wait until the next book to see if I'm even close. Kenzie is an admirable protagonist, and has to deal with some hard truths, but never curls into a ball of self pity and bemoans her situation. The girl is a fighter. What I really enjoyed was the diverse cast of supporting characters. All are well-drawn, with unexpected traits that make them seem more realistic. None are there for decoration - they all play integral parts in the plot. At 480 pages, this is a long novel, but with the tense action scenes and near constant fight for survival, the pages flew by for me. A lot of information is given in this book, but I feel like we've barely scratched the surface of what's going on in this world. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.