Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow
There is a lot going on in this book. I mean a lot. Two different alien races, a bunch of super humans and a messed up future. And it is never actually explained how we ended up where we find ourselves in this book. We get bits and pieces of the story but are mainly left in the dark.
The title of the book is an apt description of the storytelling method used. And this is unfortunate because there is a good story underneath it all. Boy and unlikely hero fight to save the universe.
Broken is also the name our anti-heroine goes by. She can fly, or at least she used to be able to fly. She is one of the humans with super powers in this tale. But in a slightly predictable and clichéd fashion the reason for her loss of flight is internal rather than external and rather anticlimactic when you get to it. Broken herself is interesting but fights to break out of the box as a character.
Michael is much more interesting. A young boy who is a reluctant hero, but is not heroic about it. The moodiness and angst we expect from a young teen comes across which makes him feel like the most real character in the book.
Many of the characters never breakout of the stereotype to become unique intriguing individuals. Instead we are left with facades that offer no surprises as to action or motivation. This in turn leads to predictability where it shouldn’t be.
The lack of aliens in a book that mentions them several times in the teaser is disappointing as well.
I really wanted more from this book.
I was provided a copy of this book for review.