I received this ARC from Publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Published by HarperCollins on February 27th 2018
Source: ARC from Publisher
An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
I absolutely adored Ashley Poston’s Geekerella. When I heard her next book would be an Anastasia inspired story set in space I was all in! Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston was as witty and fun as her first book but with added space adventure and danger. How could I not love it?
I’m a sucker for a book with a great cast of character. In this case, the crew of the Dossier (and a certain Ironblood who gets tied up with them!) I loved how the crew was really a family. I do wish we had gotten to know a few of the members more, but there’s always book two. The focus in this book is firmly on Ana, Di, Jax, and Robb. And I was certainly a fan of that. I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters more and seeing the events of the story from there perspectives.
And oh what a story it is! The inspiration from Anastasia is easy to see, but I loved the twists and turns Poston took to make it her own. I was caught up in the adventure of the story but also really enjoyed getting to know more about the world and the history of the place (and the characters!) Honestly, I cannot wait for more. That ending!!!!!
If you love space adventure and an engaging cast of characters, Heart of Iron is for you!