Retelling, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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.

5 stars

Young Adult | Science Fiction | Retellings

You guys know my weakness: Retellings. Literally in any capacity, I will give any retelling a shot. So tickle my fancy when I found out there was a new release loosely based around Anatasia set in space – SERIOUSLY? I will also admit I will give anything a chance, I love science fiction backbones to these types of genres because it always takes the original stories and twists them into something so diverse and richly enticing. Can I just say that this is exactly what I got when I started Poston’s Heart of Iron. I was beyond captivated by her writing style and everything from page one to the end…

But I am getting ahead of myself and the review, so lets dive in.

Heart of Iron from start to finish was everything I wanted it to be. Everything from the heart warming romance, hilariously chuckling humor, edge of my seat action – I was completely enamored. Firstly the main characters were just amazing, Heart of Iron was told by the perspective of four main characters surprisingly, which was actually well balanced; Ana, Di, Jax, and Robb. Each character definitely holds key elements to the culture, and really the backbone of the story. Everything evolves at a specific tone surrounding each character, I really enjoyed how each one had an element that was so important to the atmosphere or the current situation. Each characters was absolutely amazing in their own way, I am beyond happy that there was a balance between each, there was depth, there was intrigue – nothing felt one dimensional on their traits.

Speaking of the thought I am sure everyone is curious – the romance. I am generally a huge critic when it comes to YA fiction with romance genre blending with other genres. I always have a really hard time enjoying the main genre because the romance overshadows everything. Heart of Iron was definitely the exception. Although I started to get a little iffy when I saw another POV male, I thought ‘Please…. do not be a flipping love triangle…’ because I seriously could not take that. But that thankfully was not the case in the least bit! The romance was definitely on point perfection. 

With that little fear put to rest, lets dive into why I liked the romance. For starters it wasn’t insta-love, it was more insta-connection that evolved throughout; generally based on the situation of each character and how they reacted towards one another. There was a respect I guess is the best way I can describe it. Friendship, trust, it was built together as the story progressed. Now back to my main point, the best part about the multiple romances that occurred is that it flowed with the plot. The romance did not outweigh the science fiction aspect in the least, actually the character developments more than anything aided in the overall suspense. 

My science fiction book boner is soaring my comrades… since the romance didn’t outshine my deliciously favorite genre, I have to go into some slight details that I really enjoyed about this book. I LOVED the idea of the backbone in the cultures in the universe verses the Metals. I am a big AI groupie, so I always really enjoy this type of premise. There was a lot of history described around the rebellion plus the fallen family mixed with the dangerous Metals – I definitely hope this evolves more. It was so beautifully descriptive as it is thus so far, I really hope it has more build within the future, assuming there is a future sequel. 

And that ending…. grip me by my heart and rip it out why don’t you?! Poston I was not ready for that in the least! Phenomenal cliffhanger. 

Overall I really enjoyed this novel. The world building, the backstory to every character, the romance, the science fiction – everything was perfection. Poston did an amazing job with this retelling in my opinion. I cannot say it enough, I was captivated from start to finish and I will definitely be on the look out for any future installments of this series. Though a sequel hasn’t been announced, my twitchy demanding fingers are standing semi-patient by awaiting for my dreams to come true.

Highly recommend Heart of Iron – get your hands on it now! 

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