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Heart of Iron

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Heart of Iron
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An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.

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?

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An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.

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?

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Sales Rank:
34,442
Pages:
480
Publication Date:
02/27/2018
ISBN13:
9780062652850
Product Dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x2.10(d)
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
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About the Author

Ashley Poston loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies. When not lost in a book, she's lost in real life, searching for her next great adventure. She is also the author of Geekerella and can be found online at AshPoston.com.


Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. She made her on-screen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. As the daughter of John E. Allen, Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African American theater in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre's production of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which won the 2010 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson's Jitney and Freedom Theatre's own Black Nativity, where she played Mary.

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Editorial Reviews
“Tangled politics, electrifying twists, and heady romances—the stars align in Poston’s faster-than-light sci-fi adventure. A delicious, absorbing book.”“With sharply drawn characters, a relentless plot, and an utterly spellbinding world, Heart of Iron is a must-read for sci-fi fans.”“Poston delivers a delightful cast and non-stop thrills in this lightspeed space adventure. The pages flew by, and I couldn’t put it down.”“The legends surrounding Anastasia Romanove get an sf makeover in this...exciting Firefly-style space opera.”“The perfect blend of action, romance, technological futurism, sci-fi, and fantasy, this intergalactic drama demands attention and rewards its readers.”12/01/2017
Gr 7 Up—In an unusual blend of sci-fi and fantasy, this series opener (inspired by the story of Anastasia) rotates narration among an unusually large cast of characters. The central character, Ana, is accompanied by her "metal" sidekick D09, who is rapidly failing due to malware. Meanwhile, the heir to the Iron Crown must be located—one who can touch the crown without it rusting is a true heir to the emperor. There is a presumed heir, Erik, unlikable in that entitled-gentry-kid sort of way, but nobody has ever seen him touch the crown. Readers will stake their money on the younger brother, Robb, and will initially ship Robb with Ana—until it is revealed that Robb really only has eyes for Jaxx, the maverick "star kisser," who has the inherited ability to see the future. As the plot twists on, a past plague is revealed along with a sinister plan to conscript an army. With the inclusion of androids, the definition of humanity is a resounding theme. The book runs long, but the short chapters will draw readers in and the rich backstory gives them plenty to chew on. VERDICT A great choice for fans of Victoria Aveyard's "Red Queen" trilogy and for young readers looking for a hint of Game of Thrones that won't burn their eyeballs with overt sexuality.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL2017-10-10
The story of Anastasia, lost princess of Imperial Russia, retold as space opera.In 1918, the 17-year-old daughter of Russia's last czar was murdered with her family, but rumors persisted for decades that she might have survived in secret. In this version, the family of the Emperor of the Iron Kingdom, including his daughter Ananke Armorov, is known to have been murdered seven years ago in the android rebellion. Meanwhile, a ragtag crew of space pirates is community to brown-skinned and burn-scarred Ana. Ana's best friend—about whom she has secret, more-than-friend feelings—is Di, a Metal: an android. Metals aren't popular since the rebellion; most have been infected with the mind-controlling HIVE program that removes their free will. Complicating matters are Robb, a blue-eyed, olive-skinned noble on his own quest, and Jax, a violet-eyed, silver-haired Solani boy who pilots the pirate ship. Jax and Robb keep making eyes at each other, which is troublesome, since Robb's mother wants Ana's whole crew dead. Melodramatic back stories abound: there's a prophesied savior, a prince in hiding with a secret power, and a noble young man with no memory. Malapropisms abound in the florid, awkward narrative ("Her voice warbled with the weight of those words"). There's the kernel of a dramatic space yarn here, but it never comes to fruition.A surplus of angst-ridden back stories told in deeply regrettable prose. (Science fiction. 12-15)
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- Anonymous
February 27, 2018
When I first heard the words “Anastasia in space” I knew I had to ...
When I first heard the words “Anastasia in space” I knew I had to at least try this book. What I didn’t expect was how much I was going to fall in love with it. This whirlwind adventure of space pirates and lost princesses took me by surprise and just wowed me to no end. It is gorgeous, it is breathtaking, and it is completely impossible to put down. With words that blend together in poetic beauty and steal the breath away with their loveliness, Ashley Poston has created a world and characters that just made my heart sing with pleasure. The quotes – so many lines in this book had me smiling and gasping and trying very hard to catch my breath with how gorgeous they were. And everything from beginning to end was just spectacular – the world-building, the characterizations, the plot – all of it was written beautifully and in a way that had me falling into the world immediately and not wanting to climb back out for one second. It is fast-paced and moves quickly, but only once or twice did I feel were things moving too quickly. Mainly partway through the beginning, when they reach the Tsarina and suddenly everything is happening and there is action and Robb is suddenly realizing his feeling for Jax whom he had only just met like ten hours prior – I just felt like things were jumping the gun a little there. I was already on board with them two as a pair, don’t get me wrong, but I would have liked a little more time seeing them getting to know one another before they suddenly decided they wanted to kiss. The characters, though – oh wow the characters. All four of the main characters – Ana, Di, Jax and Robb – had so much depth and wonder to them, and the way they grew and shaped themselves over the course of the novel was beautifully rendered. From the first moment I met him I knew I was going to love Robb and he did not disappoint. And as I grew to know the others I fell in love with them as well. Surprisingly enough Ana was the last one I came to really care about, but she is a great character and definitely grew on me. And of course the romantic relationships were breathtaking. I didn’t know mere promises could make one smile so much. The relationships these characters had with one another, and with others in the novel, definitely helped change and redefine who they were how they viewed themselves and who they wanted to be. I thought the supporting characters were excellent as well, especially Siege and Ana’s relationship with her and the rest of the crew, especially when juxtaposed with Robb’s relationship with his family. Some of these characters did seem a little single-minded at times, but there were also times when there were hints at what lay underneath that showed there was more than what met the eye. I think there was one character in particular that I would have liked to gotten to know better, and that was Viera Carnelian, the Captain of the Royal Guard, because there was just something about her that I felt like I was missing. Otherwise, I thought all of the supporting characters were great and helped filled the story in wonderfully. Honestly, I loved almost everything about this book - the plot, the characters, and Poston’s writing style is just oh-so-gorgeous. It is definitely an edge-of-your-seat, breath-stealing adventure filled with mystery, intrigue, romance, and lots and lots of action. If you loved The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer then this is definitely a book for you.
- pineappletop92
March 3, 2018
“Stalo ban ach van’en. Stars are not afraid.” I have wanted to re ...
“Stalo ban ach van’en. Stars are not afraid.” I have wanted to read this story since I heard it pitched as “Anastasia in space”, and while I definitely see some Anastasia elements, Heart of Iron truly shines in it’s characters and relationships. 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. Things I Liked I loved Ana and Di’s relationship. 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 were beyond ADORABLE together. 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. And I thought the use of Androids , or Metals, was interesting, especially with the looming HIVE threat. There was a lot of diversity in the story, which is always fantastic. There’s a gay couple( Jax and Robb), a lesbian couple (Captain Seige and her wife), and many people of color. The chapters were so short and easy to read that I flew through this book! Things I Didn’t Like While I really liked the 4 main characters who have POVs in this book - their personalities all felt pretty similar (apart from Di). 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. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
- ahyperboliclife
February 27, 2018
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