The Brokenheartedby Amelia Kahaney (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Published by Harper Collins, Harper Teen on October 8th 2013
Genres: Action and Suspense, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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A teenage girl is transformed into a reluctant superhero and must balance her old life with the dark secret of who she has become.
Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She awakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage…and her duty to uphold it.
The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge. From Alloy Entertainment, this inventive new superhero story is sure to captivate any reader.
Coming with such an unique premise and such an amazing cover, I was more than excited when I got a chance to read it! I mean… who doesn’t love superheroes!!!
“The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge.”
YES! Dark Knight meets Cinder!
That was part of the premise and that was exactly what we got. So for once the blurb wasn’t misleading and rather preparing us what is to come! The whole setting of the story was very dark and edgy and even reminds a little of old Gotham City. Lot’s of crimes on one hand and the privileged rich on the other side. At the beginning I was wondering where and when this story takes place and I was slightly confused a few times as the world building was slightly lacking. I just would have wished for a little more details so that I could get easier into the story. I think once I envisioned something like Gotham City I was fine.
But where comes the Cinder part?
This was surprising, because Anthem our little Teenage hero girly gets transformed into a superhero with a metallic heart to save her life. That was a really cool twist I wish would have been explored more.
Superhero on a mission! Go Girl!
When something utterly tragic happens to Anthem, she not only becomes a gothic superhero but she also has a mission! Without being able to tell you what happens (please see my spoiler part below) I can’t tell you much more other than I LOVED the Anthem she became. She was kick ass and fiercely determined to bring those criminals down and hand them over to justice. Also, slowly she begins to see her City in a new light. A city that was always a save heaven for her now has all those ugly places and it’s on Anthem to give these people back hope.
Yep, totally think Batman here!
Even Superheroes need Romance!
As many of you know I need a good romance and lack thereof always makes me unhappy. In The Brokenhearted we have a quite interesting romance, which was part sweet, cute and then heartbreaking. Again, I can’t tell you much more without spoiling major storylines for you., but dear lover of love – all is goodJ
My main complain about this book apart from the previous mentioned lack of world building, was that I figured out the big plot twist already super early. Even more, I think it was not necessary for me to figure this out and I would have rather be shocked senseless when finally this big mystery was revealed! And.. it was just one tiny little thing, but an attentive reader will most definitely catch it just like me. I hope this particular scene gets maybe rewritten for the final version.
The Brokenhearted was dark, edgy and thrilling wrapped in a Batman like tale where a Teenage superhero girl fights back instead of just looking from the outside. Anthem was an awesome heroine who was kickass strong but also beautifully real and genuine. Even though I found the world building slightly lacking and must complain about the way too obvious twist, I will mist definitely read the next book and I am eagerly await Anthem’s next story!