You Read What? Book Review: The Brokenhearted

Author: Amelia Haney

Publisher: HarperCollins

  • Imprint: HarperTeen

Date Published: October 8th 2013

Format: ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy). Paperback.

Source: From the publisher for an honest review

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.

Number of Days It Took to Read: DNF (Did Not Finish). Read up to 166 pages out of 336

Cover: 

The Brokenhearted

This is a kick ass cover. This as well as The Dark Knight comparisons was what made this a must read for me.

The Writing Score: 2.5 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating:  2.5 out of 5

Review:

First book review in a while and, sadly, it’s a DNF (Did Not Finish). I’m so incredibly disappointed given that the book is a) a superhero story or, more accurately, an origin story of a superhero and b) it was marketed as The Dark Knight meets Cinder (more like Batman Begins given that it’s an origin story). I am a HUGE Batman fanatic/superhero geek so you could imagine my despair when I realized that it was nothing like the Christopher Nolan films.

This book has so much potential and the concept is great but “potential” and “concepts” mean nothing if the execution isn’t done well. There was too much telling and not enough showing, the pacing was way off and most importantly the character’s actions made no sense. The motivations felt unrealistic mainly because everything our protagonist, Anthem, did wasn’t earned. I wasn’t invested in the character because I didn’t know her. I couldn’t understand what it was about her that I should be rooting for, connect with or find her interesting outside of her enhanced abilities.

The thing about superhero stories is that the actual super powers should be the icing on the character cake. They should be a tool to tell a greater and more character driven story. The super powers aren’t the story’s foundation but instead becomes the thing that helps grow and challenge them.

The secondary characters were extremely one dimensional and were used as plot devices rather than being actual people.

I’m really upset with this one guys 😦

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

2 thoughts on “You Read What? Book Review: The Brokenhearted

  1. NO! It’s so sad to hear that this was disappointing, it sounds like such a great book. I love the cover and the comparisons definitely had me excited… I’ve seen a few reviews for this one around and it sounds like you are not the only one who felt that this story was not executed too well. Thanks for the honest review!

  2. I DNF this one too. The writing was just really poor. But this was a packaged book, so that’s why the idea was great but the writing wasn’t :-/

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