September 3, 2013
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.
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I was interested in reading The Brokenhearted by author Amelia Kahaney for one reason: superheroes. I love them. Can’t get enough and when I saw that The Brokenhearted was supposed to be The Dark Knight meets Cinder I imagined that it would have to be something great (because The Dark Knight as in Batman and Batman’s awesome). I really enjoyed this read.
When Anthem Fleet, a rich man’s daughter and a Prima ballerina, ends up meeting Gavin she falls in love with him. After a week of being with Gavin the unexpected happens: he’s kidnapped and held for ransom, his kidnappers telling Anthem that if she doesn’t get them their money on time they’ll kill him. Things go from bad to worse when Anthem falls to her death in a terrible accident. But she isn’t dead for long when Anthem wakes up in an illegal underground lab.
She finds out that she has been given another shot at life by a scientist who has given Anthem a bionic heart. But with this heart comes unexpected powers and a new life that she must learn to lead. Now Anthem believes that she can use the superhuman powers that come with her new heart to save Gavin. Anthem delves deeper into her city’s criminal underworld she finds herself going head to head with Gavin’s kidnappers and playing the role of a vigilante, giving her city hope just when the citizens thought that all hope was lost.
While the hero in The Brokenhearted wasn’t Batman and more Iron Man meets Cyborg (one of those names might have to be googled) I personally enjoyed Anthem’s abilities that are given to her form her bionic heart. Do I know if the science to it adds up? No but Kahaney gives a good enough explanation that I could easily see it as being realistic to a point. The powers that Anthem ends up having are insane and badass. Do I wish that I could have speed like the Flash and strength that a teenage girl should not have? Yes. The only real issue I had with what Anthem could do was when she was learning how to do kickboxing. As a person who actually does kickboxing and has been doing it for a while I found it unbelievable to think that after a few weeks Anthem could suddenly strike with spot-on precision and be at an advanced skill level so early into her training.
The prologue that the novel had was one that I personally really enjoyed. It gave the story a strong voice and made it sound very promising. I know a lot of readers haven’t been happy with the novel and didn’t enjoy it mostly for the world building (which I will get to). Personally, I thought that the way she wrote the character’s inner thoughts was really good. The descriptions used were ones that I found helped me get into Anthem’s head better. Despite her on a whim choices, Anthem was a character that I really liked.
As for the topic of world building I will have to agree with most of the reviews that I have read and say that the world building in this novel isn’t what I was expecting it to be. There were a lot of times where new places and settings would be introduced without explanations and there would be info dumps about the city that were never really expanded on and plot holes. Despite all of that I didn’t have many problems with this read and still enjoyed the plot twists and unexpected turns that the novel took on.
I would recommend The Brokenhearted to readers who are looking for a superhero novel and to fans of sci-fi and romance. Readers who are interested in a read with a surprising ending should definitely check out The Brokenhearted.
Amelia Kahaney grew up an easily sunburnt child in San Diego, CA and Hilo, HI. At age 12, self-exiled from surf camp due to lack of coordination, Amelia sought refuge in her local library and spent the rest of her summer filling up yellow legal pads with her first attempts at fiction. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English, she lived in Portland, Oregon and Quetzaltenango, Guatemala before landing in New York City with a giant suitcase and high hopes. Nine apartments and a dozen jobs later, she began to study fiction writing at Brooklyn College. Her short stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, One Story,Crazyhorse, and other literary magazines. She wrote most of The Brokenhearted in a coffee shop that has since gone out of business, and is currently testing out new locations in which to dream up superpowers for book two. She is still a fan of libraries, and is also partial to bicycles, art cars, fire, hermit crabs, voices harmonizing, flash mobs, hot springs, and voracious readers of all ages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.
From author’s website