Book Review – Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

heart of ironSeventeen-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?

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  4.5/5 Stars

I loved this! High 4.5 stars!

I loved the Anastasia retelling elements but also the sci fi world that was created so brilliantly.

I really enjoyed the characters as well, especially the spaceship found family, and the relationship between Ana and Di. I struggled a little with Robb at first, but grew to like his desperation to find out what happened, and his drive to not be like his family, and his connection to Jax. I also liked the side characters, and would have loved to have seen more of the spaceship crew (didn’t really feel like we got to know much about them), especially Siege.

I really liked the play on Rasputin worth the metals as well! And I loved and hated how that began to play out at the end. I can’t decide how to feel about it at all, but I think it sets up a really good start for the sequel.

Poston also has great inclusivity, with POCs and LGBT+ rep, done in both a focused and a casual way – I always like to see that, where it is somewhat central (in this case) but also in the background, not just a token gesture. It felt like a well rounded universe in that sense.

I also desperately want more about the space ships and travel, as both an astronomy and transport nerd!! 😂😂 that’s always true for me with sci fi though, lol.

Overall, I’d have liked to see a bit more character info and development, but it is an amazing book and I can’t wait for the sequel.

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