Friday, October 11, 2013

Book Talk: THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Welcome to Bedlam, the city where the line between the Haves and Have-Nots is drawn by a river. Anthem Fleet is at the top of the Haves, literally. Her father's penthouse in the highest building allows her to see the brutal differences between the two sides, especially after nightfall when the other side's flickering electricity leaves dark patches that hide darker deeds.

Her own world is bright and full of promise. A gifted ballerina with the possibility of a professional career in her future, Anthem has dedicated her life to dance. Until she falls for a bad boy from the wrong side of town. A kidnapping gone wrong leaves Anthem's body floating in the polluted river, where toxic water fills her lungs.

Illegal human experimentation is one of the practices in the shadows of New Bedlam, so when Anthem's body is pulled from the river she wakes up in an underground lab with a mechanical heart that has biological aspects of a hummingbird. When she heals Anthem is fast, strong, and her new metabolism won't let her stay still.

Her new abilities leave options open when her father refuses to cough up the money to save her abducted boyfriend from the wrong side of the river. Infiltrating the dark side of the city, Anthem works her way through organized crime regimes to try to save her boyfriend, accidentally resurrecting The Hope - a legendary rights activist who led a failed revolution against the one-percent a decade earlier.

As her life of plenty fades into the past and Anthem discovers her mechanical heart touched by the hopelessness of the poor, the two sides of her life will come into bitter opposition with one another.


J.A. Ward said...

Sounds fabulous! You hooked me with just laying out the bare bones of what the story entails. I think that is all that is needed if the story is good :)

Mindy McGinnis said...

It's a fantastic book - you'll love it!