Summary from GoodReads:
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.
This is how irritated this novel made me. I cannot even make myself come up with a synopsis. I don’t care enough to summarize this novel. Had I not found an audiobook copy to listen to, I don’t think I would have been able to finish it. Seriously, it was that bad. It probably didn’t help that I was dreading it so much. I hated The Brokenhearted. It took three times longer than it should have to get through that and it was terrible. This was not an improvement. This didn’t seem to have a cohesive point. Again, that could just be because I didn’t rightly care. I didn’t care if Anthem died. I sort cared a little that Ford got better, but that was probably the only thing I put even a minute amount of effort into. Or rather I did care until he pulled the Edward Cullen bullshit of we have to break up because I might hurt you. Dude, seriously? The girl has the same super powers you do, how the hell are you going to hurt her?
The romance between the two is almost non-existant because the breakup so early on. The action was flat out boring. Anthem is as dense as ever with her “crime solving.” And then we get to the end where, once again, everything is just compacted to an interesting last 50 or so pages. The conclusion, by the way, felt like bullshit. It felt like a piece of the story Kahaney put in just for shock value because we weren’t expecting it. Though, if we are being honest, we should have expected it. We are idiots for not expecting it.
So what is my point in all this? If you didn’t like the first one but think this will be better, it’s not. If you haven’t read the first one yet, don’t. Save yourself the heartache and ignore the pretty cover and just trust me. This is a hot mess of a series that I do not recommend to anyone.
****Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****