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