Broken by Susan J. Bigelow

July 16, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

Broken by Susan J. BigelowBroken by Susan J. Bigelow
Series: Extrahumans #1
Published by Candlemark & Gleam on November 22, 2011
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 302
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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In a post-war future world where First Contact has been made, humans are colonizing the stars, and the nations of Earth have been united under a central government, Extrahumans are required by law to belong to the Union. When a young man with visions of the future sets out on a mission to define the course of human history, he encounters a devastated former hero, a fascist dictatorship bent on world domination, and the realities of living in a society where affiliation is everything.

Broken figured she was done with heroics when she lost the ability to fly and fled the confinement of the Extrahuman Union. But then the world started to fall apart around her, and the mysterious Michael Forward entered her life, dangling the possibility of redemption and rebirth.

Michael Forward can see the future, but all he wants is to escape the destiny he has struggled against all his life. When the moment comes, though, he finds he can't refuse. Now he needs the help of a homeless ex-superhero to save a baby who may be the key to humanity's freedom.

Monica had a good life with her large family, until two strangers and a baby showed up at her door. Now her family is gone, her life is in ruins, and she's on the run from the law.

In a time of spreading darkness, when paranoia and oppression have overtaken the world, can three unlikely allies preserve a small ray of hope for a better, brighter future?

This was a surprisingly good book, and it wasn’t much at all like what I expected. Broken is set in a dystopian future ruled by a tyrant, there are extrahumans everywhere, but there is a slim hope for the future. Michael, a 14-year-old boy who in an extraordinary situation, is left fleeing for not only his life, but the life of an infant thrust into his arms. Along the way he meets people who can help him and the infant: Broken, an extrahuman who has forgotten how to fly, and Monica, a young woman with nothing left.

I want to say that this book is not meant for the YA audience, but it is. I just don’t like the casual drug use that happens, and the way this 14-year-old boy sleeps with woman. But there’s no sex so I guess that’s allowed. Michael is a driven young man who does the best that he can, knowing what will happen in the future. The ending was a shock, though.

Broken is the first in the extrahumans series, although I’m not sure if a sequel is truly needed after this book. Yes, questions are left unanswered at the end, and yes, a sequel will help out, but it isn’t needed as this book wraps up a lot of the loose ends. Honestly, though, I really did enjoy this book. The fight scenes are tense and dramatic, and the struggles that Michael and friends go through are difficult enough to help them grow stronger as a result.

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