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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,721 ratings  ·  383 reviews
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
ebook, 480 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Caryn Lix Oh, I'm so sorry I'm late to answering this! It's a series! The second book is complete and going through edits right now :)…moreOh, I'm so sorry I'm late to answering this! It's a series! The second book is complete and going through edits right now :)(less)
Kate There is a lot of swearing, at least for me. H-ll and d--n were used as fillers for almost everything. There was no explicit sexual content, but some …moreThere is a lot of swearing, at least for me. H-ll and d--n were used as fillers for almost everything. There was no explicit sexual content, but some intense kissing, with mentions of putting more clothes on and wanting privacy. Overall, I am nineteen and enjoyed the plot of this book, but really disliked the romance and swearing. The book suggests ages 14+ but each family should discern for themselves. (less)

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Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Heroes the TV show, meets Alien the movie with teenage Ripley as the Cheerleader!

I loved the book and can’t wait for the next one. The story revolves around Kenzie who is a young guard on the space station prison called Sanctuary. It is a high security prison for young offenders who are “anomalies”, meaning they were born with abilities and have used them to commit crimes. Her mother is the highest authority at the prison a and her father works there as well. Though the main security is AI, so o
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
"We might be foolish. We even be going to our deaths. But at least we were doing it together."

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've been really down for more and more sci-fi lately and this had a mix of dystopian with it (w
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
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 c
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, sff, july-2018
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
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Vicky Again
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)


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 superpowe
Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library
This literally feels like Twilight AU fanfiction, albeit one that is a hundred times better than the other famous Twilight AU fanfiction. Even pointing out that abomination makes me feel dirty, like I am sullying this review, since this particular Twilight-esque book was vastly superior in every way, unless you're into rape fantasies; and in that case, I'm not kink-shaming, but there's nothing of that sort here on this blog or in this boo
"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 forc
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
10* Fave! This was soooo good! I'm absolutely dying to read the next book to find out where they're going to take this big ass alien ship. I really need to quit reading books until the whole series is released because I don't have the patience to wait and I forget everything that happened in the first books.

Jul 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
All this needs is some queer characters.

All Kenzie has known is she's lucky to be a corporate citizen. Omnistellar Concepts is the most powerful corporation in the galaxy, and Kenzie knows that becoming one of their elite guards on their space prison, Sanctuary, is her best chance at securing a stable future. But Sanctuary is home to superpowered teens deemed too dangerous for Earth. During a routine drill, Kenzie is taken hostage by the prisoners. When her mother refuses to negotiate and stick
Overall Rating : B-

"Fall down seven times, get up eight."

This book was......alright. Savage aliens in space isn't a new thing, but the plot twisted and turned enough to make it unique. And, of course, there always has to be an all-powerful corporation with evil intentions(why is that on par with sci-fi? That makes me wary of the future to be honest)

The characters definitely needed some fine-tuning. I almost wish this was in the POV of the prisoners since their motives were more driven than anyth
Rian *fire and books*
Really good start to a series. A bit juvenile in the writing/plot but completely forgivable. A lovely found family element with a ~twinge~ of insta love (BOO!).

That said, I think my one genuine complaint would have been to tighten the novel more so it felt more suspenseful.

Would highly recommend it for the sci-fi, first contact with aliens, powered people, corporations controlling its citizens, found family, and a host of other reasons. I’m excited for books 2 & 3 for sure.
Patty Smith
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
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
4.5 stars
Wow, I had pretty high hopes for this but it really exceeded them! Unputdownable at times, this was a book for my liking!

(Find this and more reviews on my blog: https://anni-the-bookprincess.blogspo...!)

Sanctuary takes us to a space station of the same name that is actually a prison for superpowered teens. Written from the pov of junior guard Kenzie, we get a glimpse at her guard training under the watchful eyes of her commander (= her mother) before all hell breaks loose. The prisoners
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
Bright Star
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF 35%

Oh gosh, this book was so boring! I almost fell asleep. The main character was super annoying and I couldn't stand her. She was so repetitive with her tedious interior monologues that I would have killed her on the spot.
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! ...more
Aneta Bak
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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
*Source* Publisher via Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
*Rating* 4.0


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
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, 2020, romance, ya, sci-fi
Where has this book been?! I was totally sucked into the story and couldn't get enough. I definitely got Illuminae vibes, which is maybe why I loved it so much. The characters were so much fun, they're all different and I liked the dynamic. Kenzie is our main character, she's pretty straight laced at the beginning, but once she gets to know the prisoners and understand that not everything she was told is true, she starts getting better at accepting the others. Cage is my favorite, he loves his s ...more
Timothy Boyd
Interesting story that definitely left you with a cliffhanger of an ending. I am intrigued enough to try the 2nd book to see were the writer takes things. Recommended
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Intergalactic space station prison break with super-powered teenage inmates!

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
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great atmospheric thrilling read, I really liked all the characters especially the core group and thought the plot was well thought out. There were a few surprises which I didn't see coming - but probably should have with my scifi reading background lol.

Kenzie was a great character (although she did get convinced to switch sides a little too easily but I'm letting her age excuse that) and I really liked her development.

Looking forward to the next book - I am hoping we learn more about
Brianna - Four Paws and a Book
This author was definitely going through some things while writing this book...
Summary of the book:
Capitalism good, governments bad!
Wait, capitalism is bad?
We're dying!
It's okay, let's make out
Okay, we're still dying!

More to come at the Liveshow on 3/31
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
I've just realised that even though this is one of my favourite books, I've never gotten around to reviewing it. The final book of the trilogy comes out in a couple of months so now's as good a time as any!

I actually clearly remember the fact that I was dying to read this book two years ago before it even came out. I wasn't a proper book blogger then, so I had no hope in hell for an ARC. Instead I obsessively reread over and over again a six-chapter sampler which the publisher had released. I ha
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