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Seventeen year old Ana had been found by a space captain and crew with D09 protecting her as she had been injured and lost all of her memories and was drifting through space. D09 is one of the last remaining metals, or AI, and he and Ana share a bond from their experience together. Now however D09 is glitching and Ana vows to do whatever it will take to save him even if that means going against the crew but as she tries to steal the coordinates to an abandoned ship that may have the answers someone beats her to it. Heart of Iron is an extremely fast paced read that drops readers right into full blown space action right on the opening pages.
It seemed to jump from one point to another without taking a breathe and as weird as it sounds coming from me I think it would have benefited from a bit more depth to things between. For more reviews please visit https: Nov 19, Alyssa rated it liked it Shelves: Trying to decide if I want to round up or down. I have no doubt others will love this book. I'm sad a YA sci-fi didn't totally impress me but at the same time, I'm not disappointed.
I'll be looking out for book two! Mar 13, ambsreads rated it liked it Shelves: The idea of an Anastasia retelling is what I need to get me through this world. Unfortunately, this book definitely had some execution problems. What I do know is that this was nothing like the Anastasia movie. They were found years ago floating in an escape pod.
The pair was taken on board a pirate spaceship. It is a confusing jumbled mess in some cases but it really was enjoyable. Once the book picked up the action was almost non-stop and I was sitting on the edge of my seat trying to anticipate what was going to happen. I sucked at anticipating what was going to happen next.
To be fair, I really thought this was a standalone too until I just looked at the Goodreads page. This book is told from four different standpoints. Ana, Di D09 , Robb and Jax. They all have their own internal dilemmas that make each circumstance interesting. Their voices all have a different tone and it just, overall, makes the book so damn enjoyable. It was such a shock. I mean, this could be a whole point on its own but I feel like I can slip it into the characterization, right? Well, too bad, this is my review. Each side character has a level of depth to them that really makes them jump off the page for me.
The representation felt very important throughout Heart of Iron. The plot twists throughout Heart of Iron basically had me reaching for a glass of water so I could do a comedic spit take. Due to the ending, I will definitely be reading the second book because I need to know what happens to this found family. I promise it is so worth it. I literally despise fake curse words in a text. One of my best friends is super into space and the whole thing.
So, basically, while reading Heart of Iron I really struggled with some concepts. Heart of Iron failed in this element. Plus, there is a big lead up to a Great Dark coming and destroying everyone. It really feels as if Ashley Poston threw it in as a last minute thing. Not only that but at times it felt like we were expected to know things. Robb has a secret of something that happened at The Academy.
Overall, I really love Anastasia. Hell, I even named a cat after her.
Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron, #1) by Ashley Poston
I think focusing on the story of Anastasia really took away from Heart of Iron for me. I just put a lot of pressure on the book and my own expectations made the book fall short. The potential is really there in this series and I hope it is highlighted in the sequel.
Jan 31, Stacee rated it it was ok Shelves: I wanted to love this so much and all I did was struggle. Di was sort of adorable, but I think Jax was my favorite. There are a lot of characters in this story and I gave up trying to keep track. Plot wise, it was sort of boring. It felt like nothing happened. There was some serious action and a bit of a surprise towards the end.
Unfortunately, it felt like the build up was nonexistent and I did 2. Unfortunately, it felt like the build up was nonexistent and I did spend a good portion of time wondering if I should DNF. Overall, I honestly have no idea why I kept reading. Feb 15, Dani - Perspective of a Writer rated it liked it Shelves: Check out more reviews Perspective of a Writer Ana was found drifting through space as a child with Do9, a Metal or sentient robot.
Fast forward and she's 17 years old and desperate to save her metal Now on the run with the coordinates to a lost ship and perhaps a whole lot more I don't like Ana She has this build up Check out more reviews Perspective of a Writer She has this build up of secrets around her that get revealed fast and furiously pretty obvious And unfortunately I never did come to relate or bond or sympathize or anything with her Blessedly there are three other characters that I came to love.
Do9 is the one I read for His end was messed up and I wasn't really a fan of how he became a plot device, but at least it was compelling and I cared, bonded and related to him!! Do9 is why I didn't DNF the book Then we have Robb I liked him way better than Ana but not by much I did appreciate his background and how it fit with his character and who he became.
I wanted him to find what he sought! And even though his romance with Jax is totally instalove you enjoy the tragedy and redemption of it. Jax is just a plain fun character that you fall for along with Ana's entire crew, including the rockin' Captain Siege! The villains are very stereotypical but layered so not a total loss. The plot left a lot to be desired See under my typewriter for my conclusion! I totally wanted to read this book due to a combo of the cover design and the premise Every once in a while I peer at the cover trying to figure out just what that is I can see tiny ships zipping around It intrigues in the best possible way!
Half mark taken for not being able to tell how that thing pertains to the story even after reading it Ana is a person of color. Robb and Jax are gay. Robb is a person of color. Do9 is a robot that can't feel who is able to even develop sexual feelings. Captain Siege is married to Talle her wife! If you EVER want to see the biggest casting of diversity then you've got it in this book.
While the present plot isn't that scintillating IT IS a story we know I was most compelled by the plot when these revelations were coming to light, but together as a whole, even with the parts that don't quite work or are stereotypical, it makes for quite a fun story! Some may see the POVs as a problem I was compelled in the beginning and even when I found him cold I was still wanting to learn more about him. And later when the story took its natural course I was even more compelled.
Ana may be the one the story swirls around but she doesn't have to be the one you read for This is a rare 2. It IS a mess She was smart and relies on her character development which is quite good!! But it didn't hide the problems with her inconsistent and random world building. Another problem was the multiple POVs hid the fact that a couple of her characters flat didn't make sense.
Their reactions to certain situations were wrong and if written as separate narratives would have revealed MEGA plot holes. Its these inconsistencies that caused lack of connection with readers, not the multiple POVs. That's essentially 4 developments that have to be worked out by only adding 1 more character!
When you add 3 more characters the work is even greater. This isn't the perfect book If you read for anything AND so you can join the adventure to defeat the darkness further in the series Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter Jun 19, The Bookavid marked it as to-read Shelves: Feb 17, Angelica rated it it was ok Shelves: Guys, I think I have a problem.
I've been trying to figure out how it is that I feel about this book and I haven't quite managed it. I definitely didn't love it, that's for certain. But, did I hate it? I don't think I did. Maybe I liked it? Not too much, obviously, but maybe a little? How much is a little? Hopefully, by the time I finish the review, I would have figured it out. So, here we go I guess. The main problem I had with this book is one that actually happens a lot to me whil Guys, I think I have a problem.
The main problem I had with this book is one that actually happens a lot to me while reading. It usually goes like this: And that's exactly how this book went. In spite of that, the story is actually very fast pace and never was there a dull moment, believe it or not. I just didn't really care for about half of the book. Perhaps it was the lack of mystery in this novel. This being an Anastasia retelling it's pretty obvious who Ana is and who tried to kill her.
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I suppose I can't fault the book too much for this. In the last part of the book as new questions were being raised, and new villains were coming to light it did get better though. Another thing that kept me from fully enjoying this book all throughout was the characters. Don't get me wrong, I actually liked the characters. There are four POVs and they switch about frequently with none of them feeling as if they are dragging on, and all of them sound unique to their character. We have Ana, a thief, and pirate who would do anything for Di, her AI best friend, and love interest.
Yeah, that's right, love interest! And no, it's not as crazy or cringy as it sounds! We have Jax, a pilot with a secret. Lastly, we have Robb, the second born son of one of the wealthiest families in the Iron Kingdom. Together this unlikely crew decides to defy the stars and go on an adventure, pissing a lot of people off in the process and getting into a lot of trouble. So, why did I have a problem with this fun group of characters? Because they consistently made bad choices! Communication is the solution to so many problems in YA novels and this is no exception.
Overall, this is by no means a book that I would consider as being bad. It is simply a book that I didn't enjoy, and recognize that it wasn't for me. If the plot seems like one that you would like, by all means, give the book a chance. Maybe her writing isn't for me. Maybe you all would have better luck with it. Let me know below if you've read it, or are excited to read it! Or if you've read Geekerella? Are you a fan of the author's writing?
I'd love to hear your thoughts! All opinions are my own. See my FULL review of this book on my blog along with others at: I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. So naturally, with everyone distracted, it was a good day for a See my FULL review of this book on my blog along with others at: So naturally, with everyone distracted, it was a good day for a heist.
Besides the religious system developed, everything else seemed too typical and predictable for this genre. All characters are from variable backgrounds when considering class, status, orientation, and race. Robb and Erik, both sons of the royal Ironblood family, stand at opposing ends from one-another. Tensions between their family, including their queen mother, are high. Ana, a girl-turned-thief that has no recollection of her past and is searching for a new core to fix her beloved glitching robot D Clearly, diversity is highly represented between the characters on multiple levels, which is refreshing.
However, there is little distinction between the characters themselves when the point-of-view is shifted from one to another. There are a couple of aspects that I want to discuss that turned me away from this book. In the first portion of the book, we learn that Ana has no recollection of her past. She was found in space in an escape pod with her robot. Then, there is talk of a missing female heir. However, all arrows seem to be pointing in that direction.
Overall, the plot is set up to be overly-predictable. Moderate - there are several fighting scenes. Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review. Jul 04, Nicki Chapelway added it Shelves: DNF'ing about 30 pages in. It started getting weird when I realized that the girl had a crush on her robot. The robot that has no emotional feelings, and cannot feel anything physically, who has also practically raised her. I skimmed ahead and yup, this doesn't look like a book I want to finish. View all 6 comments. Mar 21, Amanda marked it as to-read. That being said, I went in strictly for the space adventure, outlaws, and D09 cause whether he was a droid, robot, or A.
She was warned by the captain of her ship not to deal with a shady info broker who fell through on their last deal. However, Ana is feeling desperate. Rob- The Iron Blood who happens to be a Royal, more specifically he is the youngest heir to the throne. Rob is searching for his father who he was told perished back in the rebellion led by Metals this is what they call droids like D Jax comes from a race of people who used to be able to read the future in the stars.
He holds some secrets that make him all the more interesting. My only wish was to have had more time with these characters. Told in short multiple POV chapters, I found it very hard to connect with any of the characters. I do favor character driven over plot driven stories but welcome with open arms any book that manages to balance these both out. We get some history on a rebellion that took place when the Metals took up arms against humans that I really wanted more info on. Heart of Iron was a fast paced fun adventure that will have you flipping pages til the wee hours of the morning.
Yall aren't ready for this. She knocked it out of the park. This will leave you screaming and yet begging for more. Ana and her robot, D09, know no other life than being an outlaw on a scound Yall aren't ready for this. 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. 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. 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. 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: 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. I need more Ana and D09, Robb and Jax. I need these character like I need air.
Mar 10, Kayla rated it really liked it. Anastasia meets sci fi, I had to obviously love it. The books everything- Characters, Plot, Romance and Diversity were amazing and so well crafted. I think this book could have been a standalone if changed a bit but hopefully the sequel is just as good. Apr 13, Jordan pagetravels rated it it was amazing Shelves: We follow Ana, a girl with no memory of her past, as she fights to save her Metal companion, Di from a broken memory core. Along the way, Anna meets new friends and uncovers secrets about her past that leads to revelations she would never have expects.
I instantly felt their history and connection. They have a fun and vibrant friendship that feels real, but they also had some deeper emotional moments that drew me in as well. You can just tell that they really love each other. I also really liked Jax and Robb. They have some pretty instantaneous flirty when they meet and banter that was so fantastic to read. I liked a lot of the worldbuilding elements in the story. I really learning about the Solani people, even if I feel like it took a little long to get the info.
I liked learning about the Iron Kingdom and their customs - who rules, how their political system is setup. There was a lot of diversity in the story, which is always fantastic. The chapters were so short and easy to read that I flew through this book! Ana, Jax, and Robb all have a confidence and sarcasm that, while engaging, felt kinda the same. Heart of Iron was a super quick, fun SciFi read, and I honestly think I would have liked it even more if it was a standalone.
But I thoroughly enjoyed the many different character dynamics we see, and they really drew me in. Heart of Iron is a story of self discovery and fighting to create a better future. This story deserves a star rating of all the stars in the galaxy if I'm being honest. These characters have coveted my heart until the end of time. Ashley is a prime example of an author who puts her characters through hell and back. I can't even list out all the times she made them suffer! DI stole my heart the most in all honesty.
Throughout the entire book I just kept feeing my heart melt whenever he was either with Ana or trying to help her in the best possibl This story deserves a star rating of all the stars in the galaxy if I'm being honest. Throughout the entire book I just kept feeing my heart melt whenever he was either with Ana or trying to help her in the best possible way. He reminds me so much of Iko, but I think that's because they're both androids- though he just is too precious for this world! I really just need to hug him right now, and also I need to have a conversation with Ashley about him because W.
I'm trying very hard to not spoil you guys at all because all I want to do is rant about how amazing this story was, but I can't since that would involve spoilers. Though I'll just say it now: I'd recommend you know nothing going into this book. It has been so long since I've enjoyed a sci-fi book to this degree, and I can't thank Ashley Poston enough for that. Jax's sass and jokes are the essence of this story as much as Ana and DI's friendship. Then my heart has to go and burst because of that ending. Heart of Iron is in my top three favorite books of the year, and I'm begging all of you to read it once it is released February 27, I certainly was not disappointed in the slightest by this beautiful, heart wrenching story, and I hope you guys are just as fascinated.
This squad of four took me on a journey I'll never gonna forget. Jan 04, Aila rated it really liked it Shelves: Has left me raw. I was scared coming into Heart of Iron because of mixed reviews, but I should have listened to my… heart. To my space SFF lovers: The family tones of Starflight and an unwilling crew member? What about smoldering romances that spark of forbidden love and guilt and despair and hope and freedom all wrapped into one, like the slow burn in Defy the Stars? What about kingdoms and familiar fantasy tropes set in space, like Stitching Snow? While I recognize each and every one of these tropes, my body and mind are susceptible to such adventures and so here I sit, heart pounding, while I regale you readers of my love for this book.
Ana, Di, Jax, and Robb. Each have stories and backgrounds that will make your heart weep for them. Di is a Metal, or humanoid, that has gone Rogue. Created with good intentions in mind - saving the dying planet from the Plague - Metals led a Rebellion against the royal family of Ironbloods and killed them all. Now Metals are mostly controlled by the H. He was not a unit. He was not a commodity. He was more than the sum of his parts. And with these characters - each with their individual hopes, goals, and dreams - the plot races and twists as their actions sets the course towards the end.
One thing that I found this book lacking in is immersive world-building. The characters are wonderful, the plot is constantly turning, but the world falls quite flat. There are fun references to past heists from the crew, but I could never really map my head around it. Will this character that was mentioned three times but had a huge impact on Robb be explained?
There are two linear romances that I thought were deftly woven into the story. Ana and Di follow a slightly forbidden love bent as Di is a Metal, but wow was there love really shining like stars! Which become popular metaphors in the book. The other couple is Jax and Robb, and while theirs had a faster development than I would have liked total insta-attraction, but it was MAGICAL , I also thought it matched their characters and made it easy for the plot to keep going.
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All his life he'd thought that all fates flowed in a continuous, never-ending river, but now the current was disrupted, the path unsettled. They had changed the stars, and he was falling in love with a boy who should have died. I am a fan. Next book, take me away! This space opera offers familiar tropes, true, but is also written in a way that brings readers to their next great adventure in the stars.
Ana, Di, Jax, and Robb are all flawful but strong characters that are more than the sum of their parts. I would say that readers who are used to bits of the story I mentioned above and are unimpressed can skip over this one. After the way the climax passed in this book, I expect the sequel to be nothing short of amazing. May 06, Alaina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Heart of Iron was freaking amazing!! I loved everything about this book.
The characters and the predictable plot were everything to me. Yes, predictable because I assumed what Ana's role would be way before it was confirmed. I still highly enjoyed this book though. I would also recommend this book to everyone. Seriously, go get this book. I had a very hard time trying to figure out who I should ship. Should it be Ana with Robb, Jax, or Di. I had no idea.. Di was kind of weird for me because I couldn't figure out if Di was a boy or girl.. It definitely reminded me of a version of Beauty and the Beast but the MC falls in love with a robot instead of a beat.
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I was so happy when I predicted everything about Ana!! However, I did not see that ending coming.
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I still don't really understand why they wanted Ana dead.. Now you can check it and decide if your nation will be led according to the real World War II events or begin to look for the better solutions which had not happened. To be the best leader, you have to take control of both leading the land, naval and air forces and managing the economy, international politics and trade. You can be a leader of any nation, but there are several nations that have more developed details than the others. If you want to be a leader of Brazil or Argentina, you can, but you have to be conscious of the fact that the creators have developed fewer options for the countries that were less engaged in the real conflict.
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