Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

Series: Brokenhearted (bk. 1)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Action Thriller

Subjects: crime, criminals, abilities, genetic alteration, vigilantes, superheroes, superpowers, revenge, love, ballerinas

Setting: the City of Bedlam (an alternate version of Chicago)

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense: Anthem Fleet

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 336 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover and now in Paperback

List Price: $17.99/$9.99

Publisher: HarperTeen and Alloy Entertainment

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review:  I decided to finally read this book after a year of having it sitting on my shelf. I bought it originally because I though it was set in Chicago. It’s actually set in Bedlam, a city that is based off on Chicago. It’s an alternate reality version of Chicago that’s like Gotham from Batman. Since Gotham premiered on Fox, if you’re a YA reader who enjoys Gotham or the Batman movies, then you’ll love The Brokenhearted. Also if you love Arrow on the CW or this older show called Dark Angel.

Anthem Fleet is a ballerina and daughter of the building commissioner on the north side of Bedlam. Her family lives in the penthouse atop Fleet Tower. Like Bruce Wayne, she comes from a rich family, but unlike his her family doesn’t get murdered. Anthem starts seeing a guy from the south side and a deep relationship quickly develops.  Then, he’s kidnapped and Anthem must get the kidnappers money or they’ll kill him. Anthem escaes and falls into a river and wakes up with a bionic heart that changes her and aids her in revenge

I really enjoyed this book. I kept hoping to find out that Bedlam is Chicago in the future like in Divergent, but it’s okay if it’s more of a fantasy city. Anthem starts out na├»ve and kind of plain but then changes. She is a fiery redhead with green eyes and she’s becomes a badass pretty quickly. Who knew ballet was so kick-ass? Anyway, a guy named Ford trains her. Out of all the guys Anthem knows/meets in the book, Ford’s the most interesting and sexy. He’s like Four, but with Bruce Wayne looks. Dark hair, olive toned skin. He’s also got a sense of humor. Anthem’s ex Will is a mean jerk and blackmails her. Gavin’s the one who get kidnapped.

The Brokenhearted is a crazy-awesome thrill ride that’s very reminiscent of comic books and graphic novels. There’s so many book I can compare it too, not just TV, movies and superhero stuff. If you liked Divergent, Shatter Me, Die For Me, Cinder, Dark Star, Mila 2.0, False Memory. It’s very much like urban fantasy, minus anything paranormal. It’s action sci-fi, not steam punk. People have cell phones and dye their hair in punky colors and other modern things. If that sound like something you’d like to read, then give this book a read.

 Cover Art Review: Love the mechanical heart illustration and the title.

The sequel, The Invisible, came out October 7th, 2014.

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