Sunday, April 22, 2018

REVIEW: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston - Paige

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore)
Pages: 467
Disclaimer: None! I got this book in my Blu’s Bookish Bag!


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’ve heard a rumor in St. Petersburg that this book was a journey to the past, a retelling of Anatasia in space. I couldn’t contain my excitement and read this as soon as I received it! Once upon a December, or in the dark of the night since this is set in space, a young girl and a robot were found floating in space and they floated their way into my heart throughout this story. But the crew they found themselves with are into the whole Firefly thing so they learn to do it too. Anyways, as a retelling, I was really surprised how accurate it stayed to the cartoon and legend of Anatasia. It even had a whole “Paris holds the key to your heart” element to the story. But at the beginning of the story, you can definitely tell this is a unique story that can hold its own. The book did very well with the character development and the plot. The book never felt stale and the pacing keeps the book moving at a well-timed speed. The book is in multiple POV, but that let the characters have their own exemplary development.

However, the book did have a couple of downfalls. A prologue would have been great in this book and the nightmare of this book was all the spelling errors found in simple words. The book will kidnap and reunion you with its fast-paced scene and character changes and the part where the Ana is reminiscing with Grandma isn’t what I expected, but the finale is what makes this book wonderful and it’s worth a read.

Verdict: If you didn’t realize what I did there then make sure to read very slowly, maybe with a song or two playing in the background.


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