Book Review: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

May the stars keep you steady and the iron keep you safe

I loved Geekerella, so really wanted to read Heart of Iron. But I think Ashley Poston should stay with Contemporary stories, because I barely cared for Heart of Iron and it couldn’t keep me interested.

Book Review: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston


Title & Author: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Genre: Science-Fiction, Adventure
Release date: February 27 2018
Series: Heart of Iron
Publisher: Balzer + Bray


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?

I give Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston two out of five hearts because Ashley could barely keep my interest in the story. I read it in one sitting, but mostly to just finish it and not to have to pick it up another day, with the risk of never picking it up.

Ana’s story felt very much like Star Wars and Anastasia and has been done many times before, but this time without any real originality. The world building is not very well done, maybe because the author isn’t very strong at it or not very experienced with it.

The book cycles through several narrators, which makes it confusing because I felt they weren’t necessary. I kept losing track on who was where and what was going on before we shifted to one of the different narrators.

Ana is our Anastasia and she is almost always accompanied by Di or D09, but because the two names were used interchangeably I kept losing track on whether it was on or two different robots. It was very annoying having to think back on whether they are the same or not.

Overall I didn’t like this book, it really makes me hesitate on whether I should be looking forward to the next book in this series, Soul of Stars. I felt the novel was very forgettable and I wouldn’t advice this book since there are so many more better books. I would even tell people to read Geekerella over reading this.

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