SANCTUARY by Caryn Lix


Age Range: 12 & up
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A loyal corporate citizen teams up with the prisoners she guards at a space station jail for superpowered criminal teens.

Corporate citizenship carries greater entitlements and privilege than government citizenship, and the top corporation is Omnistellar Concepts. Raised by her intensely loyal Omnistellar family, teen junior guard Kenzie is eager to earn her own future in the company. She works with her parents on Sanctuary, a space station prison for juvenile anomalies—superpowered people who started appearing after mysterious alien probes arrived on Earth. When the skeleton crew is further reduced, Kenzie is taken hostage in a prison break attempt. The leader of her captors is an incredibly attractive, charismatic, and good-hearted Chinese teen nicknamed “Cage.” Through talking with him—and while grappling with whether or not her mother will follow protocol and sacrifice her own daughter—Kenzie comes to question everything about the system she’s been benefitting from. Luckily, that somewhat overplayed storyline is freshened with the arrival of a monstrous alien threat, which motivates Kenzie to work with the prisoners in order to survive a cat-and-mouse sequence of action and escapes. The high body count includes some unexpected fatalities, and the ending points to a sequel. Main characters are white, and aside from Cage and his sister, other people of color are represented among secondary characters.

Standard-issue corporate dystopia gives way to more compelling xenomorphic action and horror. (Science fiction. 12-adult)

Pub Date: July 24th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5344-0533-2
Page count: 480pp
Publisher: Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2018


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