An Anastasia retelling that is unique and contemporary.

Summary:

Ana, now 17, was found as an orphaned child floating in space with DO9, a droid and one of the last remaining "Metals." Di, as Ana calls him, is glitching and she is desperate to fix him. When she learns that there a sky-sailor ship may have the memory cube she needs, she finds its coordinates and sets out. But she may be too late. Ironblood Robb, a royal, buys the coordinates first. He has his own reasons for wanting them and is willing to sacrifice everything to keep them.

Now, the two are on the same ship headed to a forgotten place in the universe. Jax, the pilot has ancestors who had the ability to see the future by reading the stars. He can see that although Robb's brother is to be crowned emperor, it is Ana who seems to have a royal aura. When Ana and Robb uncover secrets hidden away for years, they are now faced with choices that could cost them their lives.

NOTE: Contains potential triggering content around subjects of suicide, abuse, and death.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
I really enjoyed all the different romances in this book, especially the main pairing Ana and Di. Ana has two moms and their relationship and family dynamic were also very sweet to read. Although this is a retelling of Anatasia, I appreciated how unique the story was, especially with the final plot twist. My only qualm is the lack of world-building. I wanted to learn more about the Ironbloods and upper-class society. Hopefully, there is more explanation in the next book.

I recommend this novel to high-school students or young adults who like science fiction in general, or readers who are looking to start their first sci-fi book. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone younger than high school age because there is blood, violence, and death. Additionally, there are great LGBT side characters, so I’d suggest this book to readers who like unconventional romances.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

For readers who like books with multiple POVs Heart of Iron will be a fascinating read. Those who enjoy fresh, unique retellings of classics will find this interesting and enjoyable. 

Content Awareness Factors:

 The plot contains profanity, sexual situations, and violence. There is a mention of suicide, abuse, and death.


Type of Book:
This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that retells Anastasia with contemporary characters and a Sci-Fi base.
Educational Themes:

Read this for fun.

Reading Level:
5.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The story is narrated by the 4 main characters. See if that is a storytelling style that works for you before you consider purchasing.

Title Heart of Iron
About

Heart of Iron, Book 1 of 2

Author Ashley Poston
Publisher Balzer + Bray, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2018
ISBN 9780062652850
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Science, Science Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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