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Reviewed by Trevor Otieno for Readers' Favorite
Broken: The Young Hellions Book 1 by Braxton Cosby is about Keesa Donovan, who is 16, and her younger brother Kiran. They spend their days in the slave pod just outside Savannah, Georgia. When Keesa lost everything she cared about as a result of the nuclear war that altered their worlds and brought about the Hellions' revolution, she desperately sought freedom. All this while navigating the difficulties of adolescence, sorting through feelings for her best friend Wynn that were beginning to develop, and realizing her growing attraction to newcomer Dobbs. Keesa dreams of leaving the slave pod run by the Establishment with her brother. Will they succeed? For a firsthand perspective on how things develop, pick up a copy of the book.
Each character in Braxton Cosby's story is unique in some respect, and Braxton Cosby is excellent at conveying their feelings. Despite being tormented by terrifying visions of the future, one of the things I appreciated most about the book was how Keesa was able to hold onto a glimmer of hope that she and her brother would one day be freed from the slave pod and the Establishment. The use of weapons of mass destruction in the form of nuclear warfare makes for the most captivating reading possible. I appreciate that the author took the time to write a beautiful book with such a strong sense of relatability, as personified by Keesa. She is skillfully portrayed as a youngster who finds herself in challenging circumstances while experiencing a range of emotions that she is attempting to understand. Readers of all genres should read Broken.