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Parents' Guide to

The Brokenhearted

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen ballerina turns to vigilante justice in mature sci-fi.

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OK, the good twists at the end of THE BROKENHEARTED definitely bring some excitement. Unfortunately, the potential for superhero origin story greatness was already lost in the rest of the book. Pieces seem missing or come too late in the story. Missing: a good description of Bedlam City. Why are there both futuristic body modifications and clunky old cell phones? Where are we supposed to be in time? Too late and not enough: the folklore around The Hope, the original vigilante. Never: a plausible and pseudo-scientific-enough reason that Anthem's heart is part animal AND can somehow give her powers. Too late: backstories of Ford and Jax; we miss how important these characters are to the story.

With these missing and too-late elements, the story doesn't gel as it should. Also, readers often go with Anthem on her long revenge sprees and are left to wonder: What happened to ballet practice? School? Won't she get in trouble? And what about this crazy heart of hers -- isn't it dangerous? Never once does Anthem feel it may harm her or be too much for her. She literally runs off the operating table, down the street, ready to rumble -- that fact alone makes it much harder for readers to follow her.

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