Anastasia In Space: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

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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?

Source: GoodReads

Anastasia in space is a common YA trope that is used tons and tons in sci fi today.  I mean, I’m not that surprised.  The long lost princess trope has been overly used in YA fantasy and it worked in mega series, Cinderso why shouldn’t it be used again?  I mean, The Once Upon a December trope has to be gold, right?

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And to be fair to Ashley Poston, I really enjoyed Heart of Iron even though I had a WTF look on my face throughout half of the reading experience because I was trying to figure out WTF was going on.

Heart of Iron is a gripping fast paced book that had me turning 400 pages in a little over a couple of hours of reading time.

It was good.  Not perfect, but good where I enjoyed what I read if I can figure out parts of what was going on.

That is my biggest beef with the book is I felt like it didn’t slow down any for exposition.  Even though I deplore info dumping, sometimes it’s necessary for the audience to understand what’s going on.  Rather than having the perpetual WTF face on their face throughout the book.

That’s not to say that I wasn’t able to put pieces of the world building together, but there were still holes left by the time I closed this book.

What I enjoyed this book that it was one helluva a dark and twisty ride.  I also liked that it was fast paced.  While there were a few moments I wanted the brakes pulled a little bit, I did appreciate that it was never boring.

The book also was driven by a diverse cast.  While I did wish to see some of the characters developed further, I did see great potential with several of them.  And all of the ships were swoon worthy.

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I think what this book had going for it overall was potential.  There is so much potential with this series, and I’m interested to see where it goes.  Sure, I was  a little caught off guard and confused with some of the things that were going on here, but overall I enjoyed this one.

Overall Rating: A B

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