Anthem Fleet, the ballerina-turned-superhero, is back in this sequel, performing fewer pliés and more kickbox moves.
After sustaining a near-fatal accident while fighting the Syndicate in The Brokenhearted (2013), Anthem was bestowed with a mechanical heart that gave her superhero powers. Now she faces a new threat. Invisible is the Robin Hood–like leader of a movement that threatens death and apocalyptic events to the wealthy residents of the North Side of Bedlam if they don’t give half their wealth to the poor. They are well-organized, vicious and so tech-savvy that they manage to temporarily cut off all electricity to the wealthy—except for their televisions, which now broadcast the group’s threats and propaganda. Meanwhile, Anthem’s fallen for Ford, a tough but kindhearted boxer who was nearly killed by Anthem’s ex-boyfriend. As the mysteries of Invisible unfold, questions about her own family multiply. This second book offers a much richer, closer-to-the-bone emotional depth than the series opener, along with an interwoven back story that will leave readers gobsmacked. Kahaney’s description is so detailed readers will easily slip into this futuristic world with its palpably sordid creepiness.
Readers unfamiliar with the series will quickly track down the first volume, while the rest will be hounding Kahaney for the next one. (Science fiction. 13 & up)