Release date: July 24th 2018
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.
The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the concept of the world. I was on a Sci-Fi binge when I picked this up and it(plus Contagion and Netflix’s Lost in Space) was exactly what I needed to satisfy my space craving. A futuristic world where companies can buy cities, teenagers with powers are sent to a jail in space, and a survival story all wrapped into one.
The book was all in Kenzie’s POV, a teenage guard whose parents worked on Sanctuary. Her mother was in charge of the whole complex and when circumstances left them as the only two to man the jail, Kenzie stepped up beyond her junior guard duties. Kenzie was proud of her status that she’d worked so hard to achieve, though still felt like her co-workers saw her as a kid. The plot really picked up once she found herself locked in one of the floors housing some teen prisoners and learned more about them, their conditions, and the real reasons they landed behind bars.
A lot of the teens Kenzie met were only mentioned briefly but there were a small group who she banded together with when Sanctuary seemed to be under attack. I really liked the supporting characters, from Kenzie’s love interest Cage, to Cage’s sister, Cage’s best friend Matt. I wouldn’t have minded seeing an occasional POV from Cage thrown in but Kenzie was a great narrator. Through her we got to see the differences between being a corporate citizen(city owned by a company) and government citizen(city not owned by company) and that the way things were run was not fair on many people. The more she got to know the prisoners, the more she questioned her beliefs.
At first I wasn’t sure how the two separate ideas(the more dystopian corporate/government citizens with power sent to space jail and the sci-fi space station under attack) would mesh but they melded together quite well. It will definitely be interested to see where Caryn Lix takes things from here(and there better be more coming because I need more).
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.