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Alien meets Alexandra Bracken's The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station--only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures.

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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 36mm | 542g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • f-c scuff-proof matte lam jacket w-print over foil, sculpt emboss
  • 153440533X
  • 9781534405332
  • 807,826

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As the story opens on the prison facility-spaceship known as Sanctuary, 17-year-old Kenzie is all that stands between a gang of suddenly free, superpowered teen inmates and the universe. Her mother, the ship's commander, is wounded or dead, and it appears that Sanctuary is also under attack from an alien presence. Amidst this chaos, Kenzie discovers she has been a different sort of prisoner aboard Sanctuary and that the "bad guys" might not be so bad after all. First-time author Lix creates an energetic novel that dispatches the adults early so that the superpowered teens can come into their own. Kenzie is slowly won over to the side of the teen prisoners, whose backstories reveal Sanctuary's corporate owners as the true criminals. Though Kenzie's own ability becomes too convenient a plot device, the teen characters are engaging, and readers will find themselves rooting for the budding romances and holding their breath as the heroes tiptoe down dark hallways to find a way to defeat their foes. -- Cindy Welch--Booklist "May 15, 2018"
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About Caryn Lix

Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her master's in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people's stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta. Find out more at
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1,913 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 29% (562)
4 39% (753)
3 23% (446)
2 6% (112)
1 2% (40)
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