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Author: Lix, Caryn
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781534405332
Grades: Grades 7-12

Sanctuary

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Canadian author Caryn Lix debuts with an epic alien horror novel, with fascinating world-building, focusing on the spaceship Sanctuary, a penal facility for super-powered teens.  The fierce and resilient protagonist, Kenzie, a junior guard on the company ship, is taken hostage in a break-out attempt, and when her mother, the commanding officer, refuses to rescue her, Kenzie discovers conspiracy and corruption in the powerful corporation Omnistellar. When horrific alien invaders threaten their survival,  Kenzie joins with the diverse cast of ruthless super-villians to present a unified front, in a chaotic bid for survival, with escape from Sanctuary a priority. The eerie and thrilling action-packed scenes have a cinematic feel, with the heart-pounding action in a compressed time frame of two days. Recommended for mature middle school and young adult readers due to some explicit violence in this intriguing novel with a cliff-hanger ending forecasting a series.

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