Y’all…. this story. HOLY SMOKES. I’m not sure the world is ready for this powerhouse. Anastasia meets Firefly but I’m telling you – Poston nailed this one. She knocked it out of the park. This will leave you screaming and yet begging for more.
Short recap: Ana and her robot, D09, know no other life than being an outlaw on a scoundrel ship. They were picked up floating through space and have no memory of where they came from or who they really are. Ana wants nothing more than to save D09 by fixing the glitching of her illegal Metal. With the help of the space pirates that saved her, Ana embarks on a very dangerous quest to find a long lost spaceship that could hold the answer to saving her beloved best friend and companion. Nobody could have predicted the events she sets in motion by going after this infamous ship.
I’m still reeling from this story and I read it months ago. This was everything I wanted in a sci-fi space pirate story and more. There was action, adventure, lies, betrayal, humor, romance, and unforgettable characters. From the very beginning of the story, I was hooked. Ana and D09 were brilliantly written. Immediately I had a soft spot for their Anastasia-ish backstory. Ana had no memory of her life before being picked up and therefore only knew the life of being a part of a ruthless pirate ship. Her absolute devotion to D09 was heartbreaking. This girl would do absolutely everything for the metal boy she loved, and D09 had the same feelings. I never thought my heart would break so much for a metal being but it did. If that doesn’t give you an idea of how masterful Poston is with words, I don’t know what will. But rest assured that Ana and D09 are not the only characters that will steal your heart away… enter Jax and Robb. I am not going to give anything away with these two but just prepare yourself for these two. Jax is one of the last of his kind, someone that can read a person’s future by touching their skin… hence the reason he always wears gloves. Robb is royalty and quickly discovering that everything he knew about his life and the life of his family may not be what he was raised to believe it is. I cannot say enough about how much these characters found a place in my heart with their wonderful development and growth. Where they started out at is not where they ended up.
The pacing, plot, and world building blew me out of the water. It was so action packed and engaging that it was over before I wanted it to be. You want twists and turns that you never see coming? This book has it. This world Poston created was rich and diverse that I truly felt I was in the story with the characters. But that ending though… that ending had me screaming! I hope Poston is ready for people to love and hate her at the same time because it is going to happen.
This review has been a struggle for me to write because I adored this story so much. When I have such strong love for a story, I feel as if I fail at properly expressing my thoughts without giving spoilers away. What I am trying to say in my review is this: read this story. You want to read this story. It is set up perfectly for a sequel and there is no doubt Poston has to continue this story. When it is announced, I’ll be one of the first to preorder. I need more Ana and D09, Robb and Jax. I need these character like I need air.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!
This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
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?
THIS BOOK. *heart eye emoji* #baesinspace
I have so much geek love for this story. The love I have for this story and characters is real. I will sing the praises of this book and push it on everyone forever. I’m warning you now so you won’t be surprised in the future.
Elle (Danielle) lost her father and is forced to live with her wicked stepmother and horrid stepsisters. They force her to do all of the physical labor around the house as it is clearly beneath them and they are better than everyone else. Elle dreams of leaving her small town and starting over, but she know she cannot until she turns 18. Until then, she escapes the woes of her life by indulging in her favorite fandom – Starfield. She grew up watching with her dad and knows every episode by heart. She loves it so much that she started a blog to share her thoughts and feelings. One day Elle gets a text from an unknown number asking about the ComiCon that Elle’s dad created – ExcelsiCon. ExcelsiCon is the premier ComiCon to go to and be seen at. She entertains the mystery number by texting back and soon she cannot stop texting this person. Who is the person texting her back that loves Starfield as much as she does? Will Elle be able to ever escape her wicked stepmom’s grasp and live the life she has dreamed of?
Oh my fragile, geek loving heart. This book was brilliant and delightful. I knew from the moment I started the story it would absolutely be my cup o’ tea. I feel like Elle was my soul sista. I loved her character so much that I felt I would be friends with her in real life. The feelings I had for her ran deep. The poor girl was struggling with the loss of her father, a wicked stepmother, and horrid stepsisters, all while trying to figure out her place in the world. She had been isolated and believed she was in the fight by herself. Her resolve to keep her parents’ memory alive was inspiring. The love she had for her parents broke my little heart. I don’t blame her for wanting something bigger of herself, those were the values instilled in her. I found Elle’s character super easy to relate to and that made me love her character even more. I was also a big fan of Darien. I wondered if I would when he was introduced but once the author broke down his background, holy smokes was he complex! Loved it. Loved every single minute of it. I want more stories of Elle and Darien together. This needs to happen.
The big thing that stood out to me was the fandom and how it was used as a sense of comfort. This was important and necessary. I truly believe a lot of us have latched onto one or more fandoms and they have become a source of support. I say that with all the praise and respect I can put into these words. I love my fandoms because they have gotten me through some of the worst times of my life. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. I simply adore how Poston wrote them in the most positive light possible. That warmed me to my core. The convention scenes, the cosplays, the blog posts, the deep love for something fictional all hit me in right in the feels. It was heartwarming to see how something like those things could teach someone about real life and more. It was wonderfully done and I would love more of that.
I struggle with blog posts and reviews like this because I have all of the feels for this book, which causes me to struggle to put everything into words so please forgive my ramblings. I want to shout from the rooftops how amazing this story is! It felt like so much more than just a Cinderella retelling, as I stated above. This felt like a modern version of Ready Player One and we all know how I felt about that one. (hint: so many feels!) This was an absolute joy to read. I want to give Poston a hug and thank her for writing this, for having the foresight to know how this story was supposed to be told. Bottom line: this book made me happy. Just so very, very happy. I hadn’t had that in a while and honestly, I want more of that.
“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”