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(Sanctuary #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  80 reviews
They may have escaped Sanctuary, but Kenzie and her friends are far from safe.

Ex-Omnistellar prison guard Kenzie and her superpowered friends barely made it off Sanctuary alive. Now they’re stuck in a stolen alien ship with nowhere to go and no one to help them. Kenzie is desperate for a plan, but she doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Everyone has their own dark secrets:
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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They may have escaped Sanctuary, but they are far from free!

Containment, book two in the Sanctuary series is every bit as thrilling and suspenseful as book 1. I give the book five aliens for awesome sci-fi 👽👽👽👽👽 and I don’t usually even like sci-fi. Containment starts up a few weeks after Sanctuary ends, while the group of young people (a.k.a. anomalies) that escaped from Sanctuary on the alien spacecraft are drifting around in space and trying to decide where to go.

They are still wanted by Omn
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Review coming soon.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

Absolutely brilliant sequel.

Caryn Lix is genuinely one of the most underappreciated YA sci-fi/horror authors out there. Her books are long and meaty, full of character development, relationship development, plot... you name it.

Also, I massively commend her approach to having diverse characters. Some authors will put them in, and then constantly try to draw attention to their presence, like 'Hello! Here is a diverse character! The
Guys, GUYS, this series is so GOOD *u* If I had to describe it, I'd say it's a combination of The 100 and Heroes which are one of my fave shows ♥ It has superpowered teens, morally gray decisions, plenty of dangerous and risky situations, alien attacks and of course, amazing team work. My fave parts are the friendships/ squad goals and the powers. They are all pretty original and it's always fascinating seeing how they work and what they are capable of. Especially because of the little twist ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
2.5 stars...

Wow I don't think it's meant for me to write this review. I wrote a long rant review right after I finished this book and I thought I had saved it to my notepad. Well evidently I didn't because I have yet to find it. So I was just rewriting a new review and accidentally deleted the entire thing. Why it didn't copy to my clipboard I do not know but if I lose this review for a third time I'm done. It's actually probably a good thing I couldn't find the first review I wrote because I wa
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: Drug use

While Containment didn't have the same pull as Sanctuary for me, I really loved certain elements - Kenzie' PTSD experiences, discussion of loyalties, and the different characters struggling to figure out what we do afterwards. The found family trope will always tug at my heart, and Containment is one of those perfect books about family. It's a story about the family that tu
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

When I finished Sanctuary I had no idea if there was going to be a sequel or not. So when I saw news of Containment I was super excited! Though I loved Sanctuary it was left very open ended, so I was excited to get the answers that I been waiting for. Containment answered some of those questions but also added more to that list. This book was a 500 page emotional roller coaster that had me laughing, crying and angry all in the span of ten pag
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this four stars because I like most of the characters. I also like the plot with the vicious aliens in hot pursuit of the Anomalies. However, the main character Kenzie almost had me jumping out the airlock to wherever. If I had to read about her biting her lip till it bled or fantasizing about how a comic book character would solve the problem one more time, I would have chucked the book out the window. She is even more annoying than Bella Swan and that is saying somethin ...more
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
It's been killing me not knowing what happens next, so I'm dying for this book! ...more
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 enjoyed  Sanctuary when I read it last year. And as it ended on quite the cliffhanger, I was eager to jump into this one! I have to say, props to the author for dropping in bits from Book One where it was necessary. She did it in a way that didn't take me out of the current book, but also refreshed my feeble memory. Thanks!

What I Liked:

•Same action-packed fun as
Overall Rating : B

"Fall down forty-nine times, get back up fifty."

Well, this was slightly better than the first book. Although Kenzie was still a pain in the ass to read. She did grow on me throughout the story, but she was still so annoying and almost useless in it.

I did learn a lot about the other prisoners though, and the back story was enlightening to say the least. Omnistellar was still a corporate bitch, acting like corporate bitches do in sci-fi.

The alien presence wasn't as active in thi
Vicky Again
Oct 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
do you see those alien hands? because I see those alien hands. and they're freaking SCARY ...more
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4


Containment, by author Caryn Lix, is the second installment in the authors Sanctuary series. It has been nearly a month since Kenzie Cord and her anomaly allies escaped the prison known as Sanctuary after it was attacked by an unknown alien race that left only several dozen people alive and living aboard a strange alien spaceship. There's a feeling among the crew of not only hurt, but anger, and loss as well. The loss
Jade Hall
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
After reading (and loving!) the first novel in this series, "Sanctuary", I was thrilled when this 2nd novel in the series was available to request.

I love the various personalities and dynamics of the various characters in this novel. They are badass, interesting, and unique in their own way and they are all likeable. I especially enjoy reading about the relationship between Kenzie and Cage, as well as Kenzie and Cage's twin sister Rune. All the characters in this novel have their own special un
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, a3e, a2, august, simon-pulse
Kenzie and her friends have - barely - escaped the aliens who took down Sanctuary. Now they need a new plan. Because an alien beacon is calling their race to the solar system, and if they gain a foothold, they'll be unstoppable.

It's a while since I read Sanctuary, but there's enough backstory and explanations sprinkled in here that I remembered who everyone was and what the important events were. This is a fast paced story; it gets a little repetitive in the middle, but the ending makes up for i
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Well, I think this instalment was much more predictable than the last one, but it was still enjoyable enough. Though the characters seemed a bit too unimaginative(?), I still liked them. The story was not as gripping and fast-paced and Kenzie's thought processes sometimes out of place or not in the flow of the story, but okay. I'm looking forward to the third book nonetheless. Really like the author's writing style. ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I really liked Sanctuary, but it worked better as a standalone for me. Everything wasn't resolved, but I guess it was good enough for me. I just can't get sucked into this one, and after reading over a third, I'm done trying. ...more
Elsa Carrion
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we go again!

That was a great ride!!! Loved it better than the first one! Twist and turns on every chapter, there was never a dull moment in this book! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. Definitely be keeping an eye on anything she writes.
Amy Thomas
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5
Genni Eccles
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received an e-arc of Containment via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!*

Containment is a wonderfully thrilling sequel to Caryn Lix's prior novel, Sanctuary. Containment picks up shortly where Sanctuary left off, and didn't slow down from there. While the alien threat still lurks, new threats arise, in the forms of setting and new characters. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and my only complaint was that the ending felt a bit abrupt. However, it did
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Plot – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I give the plot of this sequel 5 stars. Now I know some folks don’t like to give 5 stars out like I do but I read for entertainment. I don’t read to edit or critique. I am no professional. Just a girl who loves books. So, in my book (pun intended) this story was just pure awesome in a 496 pages. Lots of surprises and twists and turns. I did get some I Am Number Four vibes when it came to Kenzie’s power(s). But that’s neither here nor there. I enjoy super powered teenagers so this was
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)


In case you missed my review for Sanctuary, I absolutely loved the first book! It was gripping, the aliens were chilling, and I loved the dark Alien-esque feel it had going for it. It was a space horror through and through and kept you on the edge of your seat.

This book? Not so much. There was some major Second Book Syndrome going on here. The parts that I loved so much about the first book - namely, the scary aliens - were almost missing from this book. There were things happening but
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5

Overall rating: ☆☆☆☆✬
Worldbuilding: ☆☆☆☆
Characters: ☆☆☆☆☆
Plot: ☆☆☆☆☆
Writing: ☆☆☆☆

I have to admit that I made a mistake. In my original review of Sanctuary, I gave it a 2.5 and called it ok. I wasn’t even planning on picking up the next book. But I was bored and was procrastinating from my homework today, and I thought “What the hell, can’t hurt to give the sequel a go.” And I am SO glad I did.

The first book set up an interesting premise, but the world was relatively undevelop
Nikole Clow
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Potential trigger warnings: Drug use and death.

There’s been many books I’ve read where the sequel just isn’t as good as the first book. Containment is not one of those books. This sequel lives up to its predecessor and I actually think it’s even better. There’s so much character development and nonstop action that I was hooked from page one and I could not put this book down.

The story starts off with Kenz
Casey Carlisle
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Actual rating 3.25 stars.

I was so eager to continue with the story of Kenzie and the gang, their fight for survival against greedy corporation Omnistellar, and an alien threat. ‘Containment’ brought all of that in spectacular fashion, but there were a few issues I had that which disappointed me. This novel was laboriously slow. Where was that pacing from ‘Sanctuary?’ We got a few great action scenes, but the rest of ‘Containment’ was bogged down in detail, internal lamenting, and repetition. The
Infinity's  Bookshelf
I received this copy from NetGalley a while back without having read the first book in this series. Long story short I loved Sanctuary, I really found I could connect with the characters and the powers were unique. This sequel put all the best parts of the first book into overdrive and I found myself along for the ride. It was a fast-paced thrill ride that pulled no punches and the ending was just superb. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by receiving this book from NetGalley.

Bonnie McDaniel
This is the second book in a series, following on the heels of last year's Sanctuary. I did like this book, enough to pre-order the third one....but it does have its problems.

I characterized the first book as "the Young Avengers meet the Xenomorphs." The series takes place in a corporate-controlled future, with metahumans being born after the arrival of alien probes fifty years previously. The first book took place on the space station/prison Sanctuary, with its cohort of teenage superheroes com
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 *

Full review here:

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Containment because I was a huge fan of Sanctuary and have been recommending to so many people all year. Sanctuary set readers up to deal with the fact that aliens have attacked and are assimilating the humans to continue their own race; spoiler, the teen prisoners escape the ship and kill
Becky B
Kenzie, Cage, Rune and the rest of the survivors are getting quite restless and a bit claustrophobic cruising through space in the alien's ship. It is hard not knowing where they are headed, or how much longer they'll be in this space that reminds them at every turn of their nightmare experiences. And then as they are nearing Mars, Rune and Kenzie discover that the ship is broadcasting a message home to other aliens. How can they ditch the ship, get it destroyed, and evade going back to prison?

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