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.
I read the first book in this series, Sanctuary, last summer and referred to it as a mixture of Alien and X-Men. I was thrilled to receive an ARC of book two.
First, I have to comment on the book covers – they’re beautiful, bold, and completely eye-catching. It’s easy to tell they’re part of the same series. To say this diverse cast of characters experienced traumatic events in Sanctuary is an understatement. Because of what happened to them, some are understandably suffering from PTSD – which is something you don’t see addressed very often in YA novels and is handled very well.
This author is brilliant at ending chapters on exciting cliffhangers. I’d plan to read a couple of chapters before bed, then wind up going through two more because I had to know what happened next. Character development is also a strength, and it’s easy to see how these characters have evolved from the first book.
Pacing was a bit of an problem for me. This book sits at around 500 pages, and I felt it could have been tightened in some areas. Kenzie is dealing with a lot of issues – guilt, relationship woes, death of a parent – and her internal thoughts about this take up a chunk of the first 50% of the book to the extent I felt it overshadowed what was happening in front of her. I read an ARC, so this may change with the final version.
Containment ends on a cliffhanger (just like most of the chapters!), so I’ll be anxious to read the next book in the series. If you enjoy high stakes sci-fi that ventures into the horror arena, I’d recommend this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.