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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,017 ratings  ·  268 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 t
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Simon Pulse
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Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 teen
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 (wh/>
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Heroes meets Alien with 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 only a handful of humans are nee
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 creatures while on space.

It all started
Vicky Who Reads
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Seriously get this book,
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star


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 fee4.5/5
"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
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.

Ok wow, I'm on a freaking sci-fi roll- first there was Four Dead Queens, there there was Last of her Name and now this - all three of them were 5 star ratings for me and it feels. so. good. Sci-fi is my fave genre and in the last few months there were only a few really good ones, mostly 3 star ratings and a couple of 4 star ones. But now, in less than a month I've read 3 brilliant novels and it just makes my heart happy :D

First of all, I have to say that this book feels actually like 2 books. The first
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 unti
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 corpora
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.
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!
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 sk
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.
Aneta Bak
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 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
*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 sup
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
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 could, Sanctuary's stor
Tara Gilboy
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Bright Star
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ho
║ 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, there is a plot twist tha
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD! Kind of Illuminae-esque.
I’m definitely a sci-fi nut as is, but this was just perfect. Guys, this was one of my favorite reads of the year, it’s been such a great year for sci-fi reads for me and I love it.

Boy. This was a thrill ride from pretty much the very beginning and though some things were a little more predictable, there were so many twists I didn’t see coming, so many little things that I never would have predicted happening. Ugh. This book had me on the edge of my seat every time I was reading, and
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
JJ || This Dark Material
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, arcs, fiction

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
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