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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Containment because I was a huge fan of Sanctuary and have been recommending to so many people all year. Sanctuary set readers up to deal with the fact that aliens have attacked and are assimilating the humans to continue their own race; spoiler, the teen prisoners escape the ship and kill the aliens that are in the stolen ship. The story ends with their commandeered alien ship floating through space with no idea where these kids will be safe. So where does the story go next? Turns out, there's still so much left!
I really had zero idea where this story would go, and Containment kept me guessing the whole time. We get to experience new planets, gain a deeper understanding of the different companies that apparently control the world, and spend more time with the "anomalies". The story moves very fast (I think it takes place over the course of a few days!), so there's little time for boredom. The teens are forced to deal with every new surprise quickly before they are swept up in another one. I really liked that there's little downtime in this story because it forced the characters to develop their relationships quickly.
Good Character Building
One of the things I was most hopeful for in the second book of this series is that we would finally get more information about the other prisoners...and we did! Kenzie finally gets to know where Cage, Alexie, Mia, and the rest have come and understand some of the decisions they've been forced to make. In the midst of this, Kenzie is also trying to figure out how to tell the others that she killed Matt. The guilt of his death is killing her and the lies are starting to pile up on her. Plus, Imani is still grieving, Jasper's family might be in danger, and Rune is trying to figure out if she can forgive Cage for floating the aliens. Basically, everyone in this book is dealing with the aftermath of Sanctuary and no one is having an easy time with it.
Yup, we’re getting another cliffhanger (no surprise there) and once again I’m dying for the next book to come out! I love where Kenzie and the others end up at the end of Containment and think we’re in for another great story. No spoilers, but the book leaves us with a lot of questions, primarily what happened to some of the characters and what this new place with mean for the group.
Overall, I think that Containment is a strong sequel to Sanctuary and I can't wait for it to be on shelves so everyone can enjoy it! This is a high recommendation for anyone who has read (And enjoyed) Sanctuary and wants to find out what happens next, to those who like YA fantasy series, or anyone who wants a fast-paced alien-invasion novel. Containment comes out August 6, 2019!
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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