Series: The Brokenhearted #2
Published by HarperTeen on October 7, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Romantic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
In the riveting sequel to the reimagined superhero story The Brokenhearted, Anthem Fleet takes on a powerful new villain and makes some startling discoveries about her family and her past that will forever change her.
Taking up where The Brokenhearted ended, the sequel finds Anthem Fleet attempting to return to a normal life after an experimental surgery that left her with a bionic hummingbird heart and a terrifying new strength. But she can’t shake her suspicions about her father’s connection to the Syndicate and she can’t ignore the cries of help in the crime-ridden city of Bedlam. She finds new promise in her relationship with Ford, but after his lifesaving surgery, the Ford Anthem knew slips away.
When a mysterious new group called “The Invisible” starts attacking the privileged North Siders, Anthem has to step up and be the New Hope that Bedlam needs, or Bedlam will fall…once and for all.
Publishers Weekly called The Brokenhearted an “atmospheric, adventure-laced debut” with “graceful world-building, strong characterizations, and an enveloping plot.”
While it didn't manage to pack quite the emotional punch as THE BROKENHEARTED, THE INVISIBLE has it's own way of twisting the reader's heartstrings. A thrilling and action-packed follow-up to THE BROKENHEARTED, THE INVISIBLE will grab readers from the beginning and remind them why they loved book one so much.
Kahaney has created a world that manages to be both terrifyingly similar to our world, yet so dysfunctional. The physical world-building was again a bit weak, and I had a hard time not super-imposing Bedlam over Chicago, again. It's hard to get a sense of Anthem's surroundings beyond the South Side/North Side dichotomy. I also would have liked if Anthem had explored her father's connection to the Syndicate a little more, instead of taking his flimsy explanation at face value.
However, I can see how those things fell by the wayside, because THE INVISIBLE manages to be fast-paced and breath-taking. Anthem manages to continuously find herself in situations that the reader can't help but wonder if she'll make it out. The villain is creepy and brilliant, but with enough weakness that allows it to be believable that Anthem can take him fair and square. Like in THE BROKENHEARTED, Kahaney has no problem killing off characters, and jerking the reader's emotions, making THE INVISIBLE an experience you won't forget.
All in all, the Brokenhearted series is one that I'm completely, totally taken with. With the subtle twists and turns, to the flat out action movie-esque sequences, it's a reading experience that lends itself to feeling more like you're watching something unfold before you, rather than reading words on a page. It's easy to get engrossed in the story, and any little complaints I may have definitely don't detract from the overall enjoyment. This is one I would recommend to any reader of young adult fiction, from actual young adults, to adults who don't know what they're missing!Series Titles:
- The Brokenhearted - 4/5
- The Invisible