*ARC Review + Happy Book Birthday* Containment by Caryn Lix

42201355Title: Containment (Sanctuary #2)

Author: Caryn Lix

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Page Count: 496 pages

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Summary:

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: Omnistellar, her parents, even Cage. Worse still, she’s haunted by memories of the aliens who nearly tore her to shreds—and forced her to accidentally kill one of the Sanctuary prisoners, Matt.

When Kenzie intercepts a radio communication suggesting that more aliens are on their way, she knows there’s only one choice: They must turn themselves in to Omnistellar and destroy the ship before the aliens follow the signal straight to them. Because if the monstrous creatures who attacked Sanctuary reach Earth, then it’s game over for humanity.

What Kenzie doesn’t know is that the aliens aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Omnistellar has put a bounty on Kenzie’s head—and the question is whether the aliens or Omnistellar get to her first.

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*Whoa there, watch out! Danger is afoot if you haven’t read the first book, Sanctuary, yet. You can check out my review of Sanctuary but be alert, aliens and secrets are bound to come out!*

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 Kenzie and her friends (the prisoners from Sanctuary) stranded on an alien ship. But soon enough, Kenzie and Rune realize the ship isn’t as safe as they were hoping: it’s broadcasting to another potential alien ship. This leaves Kenzie with no choice: to destroy the ship they’re on, she makes a call to Omnistellar. But, as usual, not everything goes as planned and Kenzie and some of her friends are back on the run, on a foreign planet with the help of someone Kenzie isn’t ready to trust. And soon enough, it’s not just Omnistellar Kenzie is running from.

Kenzie continues to be a strong and relatable protagonist. The guilt she has from her mistake in the first book is powerful and there were times where I felt her guilt, her sorrows and anger for what happened. The reader watches her struggle with PTSD throughout the book, and I liked how real her feelings felt. She continually struggles to get a grip on her guilt and understand her feelings, but she soon realizes that not everything is as simple as she would like it to be, especially when she needs to focus on keeping her friends safe. And especially when all of their powers start to develop into something more.

What I also really enjoyed was how much more the reader learns about Kenzie’s friends, mainly Mia, Alexei, and Cage. All three have a dark and dangerous past and as the reader, I saw how each of their pasts shaped them to be the person they are in this book. It was nice to see Kenzie’s relationships with them continue to grow and become more trusting. They all rely on one another and work as a team and I thought that was a great addition to see.

On a side note, though, there’s not much alien action in this book; there’s still a good amount, but Containment has more of a focus on what’s happened after Sanctuary and how the crew can outrun Omnistellar and Legion bounty hunters. We do learn a bit more about the aliens, which is always cool to read about. But I liked how Containment focused more on the development of each character rather than their battle with the aliens. Granted, there was character development in Sanctuary, but the development in Containment is outstanding and just what was needed to make the sequel a huge hit in my mind.

Containment is an action-packed and thrilling ride. Every chapter consisted of this group of kids on the run from not just the aliens, but also Onmistellar. There was never a dull chapter, never a dull scene that wasn’t filled with character development, relationships, and/or action. Caryn Lix’s writing is stunning and captivating; she knows how to bring a story to life and how to keep the readers hooked. The characters she weaves and describes are beautiful and full of flaws, which helps make them feel human and not a weapon. I can see how much heart Lix put in this story and the characters and to me, that’s one of the qualities that makes a great book.

Containment blends science fiction with action and horror that truly leaps off the page and makes the reader feel as if they are there with Kenzie and the group; I felt like I was on the run with them and facing these nearly impossible obstacles. I absolutely cannot wait to read Salvation, the third and final book in Kenzie’s story. But in the meantime, if you haven’t picked up Sanctuary and are looking for a great science-fiction story, then I recommend checking out this series!

Containment by Caryn Lix is available today, so get your copy now!

nikole

*ARC Review* Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

32855090Title: Sanctuary

Author: Caryn Lix

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: July 24, 2018

Page Count: 480

Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Summary: 

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.

My Review

One word to describe this book: WOW.

Sanctuary is a thrilling adventure filled with edge-of-your-seat moments and intense battle scenes that grab you and never let go. Kenzie and the prisoners come face-to-face with a horror they never imagined and to stay alive, they must work together. And if the don’t, the prison, and the surrounding planets and people, will be in mortal danger.

The idea behind this book is exceptional and well-written. Having a space prison with teenage prisoners who exhibit powers, while also adding in killer aliens and a little bit of romance, makes for one heck of a book. Sanctuary was action-packed; I had such a difficult time putting this book down when I had to sleep or go to work or clean. It’s just THAT GOOD.

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Kenzie is an enjoyable and intricate character. She’s smart and a hard worker; she’s a character many people can relate to. And I loved how throughout the whole book, Kenzie kept relating to her favorite manga character. Kenzie thought her only problem would be finding a way to escape from the prisoners. She never expected her life, and everyone else’s, to be in danger. She never expected to see frightening creatures from a horror movie board Sanctuary and hunt them all down. Kenzie, and the other teenagers, are in for a rude awakening about those creatures and the corporation Kenzie’s parents have devoted their every waking moment to.

The characters are engrossing and complex. More than once the reader is reminded that the people fighting these creatures are teenagers, not adults. Well, they may have some butt-kicking awesome powers, but in the end, they are still teenagers. There are times where emotions cloud their judgments, where the decision between life and death is tested. Through all the battle scenes, all the discoveries about Omnistellar Concepts and themselves, at the end of the day, they are all still teenagers. And I love that. They are thrown into this brutal world as teenagers and have to act as adults and work as a team to survive. The character development of each of the characters is exquisite and surprising; the cast of characters work so well together. Sanctuary was, overall, a fantastic science fiction book. There was never a dull moment.

I was super excited to find out that there will be a sequel to Sanctuary and I cannot wait to read it. Sanctuary left me with more questions than answers; plus, I would love to have some more of Cage in my life. 😉

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix comes out July 24, 2018, so make sure to pre order or grab your copy on release day! Trust me, this is not a YA Sci-fi you are going to want to miss!

♥Nikole