The Brokenhearted

The Brokenhearted

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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 lineageand 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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 159 x 218 x 30mm | 428g
  • HarperTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062230921
  • 9780062230928
  • 1,215,241

Back cover copy

Some kinds of Heartbreak aren't temporary.

High in her tower above Bedlam City, prima ballerina Anthem Fleet has lived her whole life by her parents' strict rules, never leaving the sparkling, pristine North Side. Until she meets Gavin. An artist from the dangerous South Side of town, Gavin is like no one Anthem has ever met--and she falls for him suddenly and completely.

But Gavin's world is as dangerous as it is intoxicating, and their romance crashes down around them one terrible night when they are attacked on the South Side and Gavin is kidnapped. When she wakes in a dark, blood-soaked lab, Anthem has a jagged scar down her chest . . . and an experimental bionic heart ticking inside her.

As Anthem will soon realize, her new mechanical heart didn't just save her life--it left her with a strange and terrifying new strength. A strength that she's going to need if she has any chance of rescuing Gavin and mending the scattered pieces of her broken heart.
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Review quote

"Gorgeously written and richly imagined, this heart-pounding, high-octane novel of suspense, romance, and revenge introduces a stunning new voice in YA fiction as well as a new kind of superhero. You won't be able to put this one down." -- NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Aimee Friedman "An urgent dare-ya through a darkly, wildly imagined future. Go ahead and try to predict the hairpin turns and steep reverses as you race through this sharply-conceived urban odyssey." -- Adele Griffin, author of ALL YOU NEVER WANTED "A" -- Kirkus Reviews "graceful world-building [with] strong characterizations and an enveloping plot..." -- Publishers Weekly "Anthem, with her unwillingness to be just another brokenhearted girl, will likely inspire legions of teenage girls to forget the guys and go kick some butt." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "With the dystopian angle, the fast-paced action, and the stellar cover, this novel is bound to float/fly off the shelves." -- School Library Journal
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About Amelia Kahaney

Amelia Kahaney grew up in San Diego, California, and Hilo, Hawaii. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, she moved to New York City and received her MFA in fiction writing at Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and appears in several literary magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.
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Rating details

1,583 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
5 23% (362)
4 30% (475)
3 26% (408)
2 13% (205)
1 8% (133)

Our customer reviews

I was pretty confused at the beginning, because I totally wasn't sure if this was supposed to be in the US or if it is a completely new place, if so, I would want more world building. I did like Anthem, she sees herself as ordinary and not living up to (rich) parent's expectations, and while I was never privileged, I have always dealt with the feelings of not being enough and self esteem, so I was able to connect with her on that level. Admittedly, I skipped over a lot of her partying in the beginning, and I did feel like things with Gavin were insta-lovish, but I love the theme of dancers and of superheros, especially female ones. It kinda went downhill from there because their romance escalated way too fast for me, there didn't seem to be any sort of build up it went from hello, you're cute, I'm scared of your part of town, let's dance, to I love you, here's my virginity. But the atmosphere was cool, even if I wanted to know even more about the world itself. The action was good, and the plot kept going at a pretty good pace. I loved the idea, liked Anthem well enough, but didn't feel the romance or the world building. I had hoped that the heart would have had more than a mention because it seems so crucial to the plot. Bottom Line: The premise was amazing, but I didn't completely love the execution and the romance didn't work for more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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