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. (Goodreads)
I received Sanctuary by Caryn Lix through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm giving it 4/5 stars.
Despite being heavy-handed at times, Sanctuary by Caryn Lix was fun, fresh, and twisty. Kenzie was a likable narrator and protagonist who I could root for and the supporting characters, including Cage, Alexei, Rune, and Mia, were funny and complex in their own ways. I enjoyed the The 100-ish dilemmas, the The Darkest Minds' Ruby and Liam-ish relationship between Kenzie and Cage, and the setting was never boring even though there were only two main locations. Sanctuary is what I'd consider low sci-fi, something that is accessible to non-SF readers while still keeping them on their toes. The world-building was unique and I'd love to read other stories taking place in the same universe as this one.
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix was published July 24, 2018.