BOOK REVIEW: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Because I will follow you anywhere. To the ends of the galaxy, if I have to. I want to exist where you exist, and that is enough.

My synopsis: Ana is in love with her best friend, Di. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, except that her best friend is a robot – Di is short for D09. And to complicate matters even more, Di is starting to experience glitches. Ana is willing to do anything in order to save Di so she recklessly steals the coordinates that she believes will lead her to a long-lost spaceship where she hopes to find a memory core to replace Di’s defective one. Robb, the brother of the soon-to-be emperor, is a trouble seeker, so it’s no surprise when he clashes paths with a fellow troublemaker as he makes a trade for the coordinates which he believes will lead him to the whereabouts of his father who has been missing for seven years. 

Published February 27, 2018

Genre: YA SciFi, YA Fantasy

Themes: robot, artificial intelligence (AI), stars, destiny, fate, space, space pirates, family, politics, royalty, romance, love, betrayal, loyalty

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Ashley Poston definitely created a fascinating world in her latest work, Heart of Iron. Though the first few chapters were a bit overwhelming due to all the terms and characters introduced all the same time, once you get used to it, it’s hard not to appreciate the complex world with its own cities, languages, culture, races, social structures, political systems, and technologies – all as if they were completely natural. There are also very similar elements to Marissa Meyer’s Cinder. 

I am especially very, very pleased with the languages and common phrases reiterated throughout the text. Heart of Iron’s May the stars keep you steady and the iron keep you safe is a ringer to Star Wars’ May the Force be with you and Star Trek’s Live long and prosper. 

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From left to right: Ana, Di, Jax, Robb

She wore trouble like royalty wore the Iron Crown, and it fit her a little too well.

I can’t say I’m very attached to the characters at this point. I did find it pretty cool, though, that the chapters are alternately written in four different POVs (Ana, Robb, D09/Di, and Jax). I found myself enjoying Di’s chapters the most, simply because it’s a nice and curious experience to read a robot’s thoughts (non-feelings?)

Also, I surprisingly enjoyed the fresh take on the romance, although one of them is a little bit too cliché/insta-love for me… I learned to like it later on, but I thought it could have been built up a little better. I did really enjoy the main ship though!

It would have been nice as well if we get to know Ana’s crew a little more, beyond just little mentions/cameos here and there. The scenes involving them kind of reminded me of Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Siren Queen.

In the scheme of things, one little complaint I have are the typos. SO MANY TYPOS. It drove me crazy. I’m usually lenient on these type of things, but when the typos are stuff that could have been picked up by simple spellcheck, it’s really annoying to think that they made it to print – it’s not like these books are free. It’s kind of a shame because my edition has purple-stained pages too (I got it from the March Across the Galaxy Owlcrate) so to think that it has typos the likes of “skn” instead of “skin” and “hestiated” instead of “hesitated” – well, let’s just say, I don’t want to think about it. Because it just makes me want to cry. And cringe. And then cry again.

Overall, I think if you enjoy scifi reads with a mix of fantasy, you should give Heart of Iron a try. If not, I don’t think you’re missing out?

If you liked Heart of Iron:

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What did you think of Heart of Iron? Any ships? 

Do you recommend other similar scifi/fantasy reads?

Sincerely Peachy (1)

 

2 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

    1. Thank you! 💕 I have to say I liked Cinder better, but I’ll probably be part of the majority on that since The Lunar Chronicles is such a beloved series. And I have yet to read Geekerella – heard only good things!

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