Review: The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney

The Invisible
Amelia Kahaney

HarperTeen
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Released October 7, 2014
304 pages
YA / Superheroes / Fantasy

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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.”

After the pseudo-superhero origin story of The Brokenhearted (which I reviewed on Monday), where would Kahaney take Anthem in the sequel? Would it pay off the promises set up in the first book or would it fly off to crazy town? After being pretty content with Kahaney’s attempt at dipping her toes into the original superhero genre, I was pleased with the sequel. While I might not be jumping up and down, throwing this book at everyone in hopes that someone will read it, I was happy with the direction the story is going and the twists that genuinely surprised me at the end.

SPOILERS FOR THE BROKENHEARTED AHEAD

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Review: The Brokenhearted By Amelia Kahaney

The Brokenhearted
Amelia Kahaney

HarperTeen
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Released October 8, 2013
336 pages
YA / Superheros / SciFi

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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.

I’m not entirely sure what I expected from The Brokenhearted. The press clippings compared it to everything from Frankenstein to The Dark Knight, so I wasn’t sure how any of that would tie into a rich teenage girl with an affinity for ballet. The Brokenhearted takes a little bit of time to get its feet underneath it, but once it does, it really goes for the whole superhero origin story without looking back.

Anthem is the daughter of two rich industrialist parents who are responsible for the buildings all the where the wealthy people in Bedlam live. She’s a normal rich girl, going to prep school and spending her free time being the best ballerina possible, hoping one day to move out of her older sister’s shadow. It’s more unfortunate for Anthem because her older sister died before she was ever born and she’s felt like a replacement daughter or consolation prize ever since.

One night she decides to do something rebellious for once, going to the bad side of town with her best friend to a party. She meets a mysterious and attractive boy from the wrong side of the tracks, who seems sweet despite where he lives. What seems like a Romeo & Juliet type story quickly gets Anthem off track from her predesigned life until she finds herself wrapping in the plotting of the Syndicate mob and falling into the frozen river that runs through town. She wakes up with a new hummingbird-hybrid heart and all sorts of crazy kicks in.

It’s very much a superhero origin story with Anthem suddenly having some pretty miraculous powers and the motivation to clean up the streets of her home that is just shy of being Gotham. It’s not particularly original with a lot of the storylines easily traced to their comic book inspirations, but it’s a fun book nonetheless and a good start for someone wanting to read about a female superhero but scared of the vast canon of comics.

Anthem starts as a very middle of the road safe girl as far as personality goes and pays big time for her choice to finally do a “bad thing”. By the end, she has a lot more courage, but still kind of a bland one-track personality. As she develops and the secondary characters around her develop, this should hopefully be resolved. She has a lot of potential to be a very complex heroine with varying motivations.

GIANT MASSIVE SPOILER FOR THE ENDING AHEAD

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Random Tuesday: SHIELD, Sherlock and Other Things That Start with S

Happy Agents of SHIELD premiere day! I'm far too excited about watching that show tonight. It can't be healthy. But to start off this post of random, have a interview with Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg, who I may have a tiny fangirl crush on.

Teeny tiny bit of news about Doctor Horrible 2 from a couple of the people behind SHIELD in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. The S in this case is "songs". (found on TheMarySue.com)

Somewhere in the last 36 hours, I've become overwhelmingly obsessed with Sherlock. Someone who may have started their obsession a little earlier has created a Lego scale version of Sherlock's apartment, gaining a lot of fan support for it to actually be produced by Lego. (from Topless Robot)

Speaking of Sherlock obsession, Alice X Zhang, who is an incredible artist that does some licensed work for Doctor Who, put together some Sherlock e-cards. I could really use this one at work if... you know, my work place were that type of place.

And then there was Serenity/Firefly. The story will finally continue through a series of Dark Horse comics and you can find a few pages here. I feel like I'm going to have to start a new pull list soon... (Found on ComicBookResource.com)

Stewart (as in Patrick) and McKellan (as in Ian) are taking over New York and happened to run into Spock on Coney Island. With that amount of crazy amount of talent and awesomeness, I'm surprised the room didn't catch fire.

Superhero movies should be about girls too. io9 put together a list on how Hollywood can finally make that superheroine film we all want, but they're too scared to make.

 

All right, SHIELD is about to come on so I'm going to take my fangirl randomosity and park it in front of the television. Send me random things in the comments!