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 was sent a copy of Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. As most of you know by now I’m a huge fan of retellings, and one of my favorite movies/stories growing up was Anastasia. I’m also a big fan of Sci-Fi, spaceships, and things like that. So when I found out that Ashley Poston, one of my favourite authors (Her first book, Geekerella, was a Cinderella retelling and I loved it) was writing a YA retelling of Anastasia set in space I knew I had to read it. I had really high expectations going into it, since the idea was a really cool one and I loved Ashley Poston’s debut novel so much. Heart of Iron did not disappoint, it was captivating from the very beginning.
There are for main characters, well maybe only two of them are really main characters but there are four very important characters overall -Ana, D09, Robb, and Jax. All four of these characters have a distinct personality and voice, which isn’t always the case in books with multiple POVs. The author did a really good job of making each character unique and well rounded; I loved each of these characters so much. The relationships between these characters, friendship and romantic relationships, felt very natural and not at all forced –which isn’t always easy to do. D09 was definitely my favourite character though, and I can’t really say anything else about him without dropping some major spoilers.
The Anastasia retelling aspect was a lot of fun, and pretty well done. There was the right mix of original story elements in with new elements and twists. I really enjoyed the sci-fi aspect too; it reminded me a lot of Firefly. (If you don’t know what firefly is it’s a TV show and absolutely amazing and you should definitely watch it.) Because it is a retelling there were certain things that were predictable because you know to expect them from the original work. But there were a few things that I definitely wasn’t expecting -and one major plot twist in particular that left me absolutely gutted and wishing the second book was out already.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, but does that really surprise anyone? This one was a solid 4/5 stars for me. I would have given it 5/5 because I absolutely loved it, but I decided on 4 stars because it did take me a little while to really get into the story and get invested.