Synopsis: 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.
Review: “The world doesn’t need another brokenhearted girl.”
I completely agree. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney had a very interesting concept. Sadly, the premise and execution didn’t meet—not even half-away. There’s something really off with it that I find it hard to digest everything in. I’m not a big fan of The Dark Knight (Batman) but I am a huge fan of Cinder. And the comparison is a tad misleading. I think the only similarity they had were both have some sort of technology involved in the story but I think that was pretty much it. I’m pouting like a sad kid on a bright sunny day; that’s how disappointed I am.
Now, take my words with a grain of salt because it was really boring for me that I did a lot of skimming. I know that was really bad of me but I don’t want to dnf this book for some odd reason. So I pushed myself to continue. I did like the idea of chimeric hearts and how she obtained it. It was really interesting to me but then after that (and the whole shenanigans at the end) nothing sparked again. I was waiting for that ray of sunshine or rainbow after the rain. But it went all gloomy and dreary. My emotional status continually stayed on the same miserable condition throughout the course.
Anthem Fleet is not a superhero but she was indeed reluctant. I think the major problem I encountered was the heroine. She was all sorts of dry and uninteresting character. At first I was sad for her because she was caged by her routinely world. In the words of Anthem, her life was school, ballet, homework and then sleep. She perfectly compared her life like a ballerina twirling in a jewelry box. But I saw beneath it that she’s struggling to break out. So when I thought that she will, it was massively disappointing move. Most of the time I questioned her decisions; I mean, she came to me clueless from the very beginning. I tried to embrace her, flaws and all but I didn’t expect her to jump to irrational actions especially toward a person she hardly knows.
Which brings us to the romance, if the pacing for the rest of the story was slow their romance was the entire opposite: it was rather developed (undeveloped) hurriedly. Like I said numerous times I’m not against love of epic proportions but please validate it. Nothing struck me as epic or romantic. It was really a completely turn-off how she thought of Gavin.
But that said it wasn’t all bad. My problem was it doesn’t have anything that elevated the story. And while I didn’t see the plot twist I wasn’t really shocked by it. After what has happened to Gavin, Anthem tried (but she was struggling most of the time) to be her own person. Well, for me she didn’t completely reach her goal but at least she tried. Just like the book it tried but it wasn’t enough for me.
I received an Advance Copy from HarperTeen via Edelweiss. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “And inside of her, a cold steel ball. A ticking bomb that beats just like a heart. Pain and rage in equal measure. Tick Tock.” (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)