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Heart of Iron: liked the core, but connection failure

I saw Heart of Iron pitched as Anastasia meets Firefly. Combine that with an entertaining experience with Poston's last book, Geekerella, and I was in. I didn't love this book, but it has a lot of elements I know other readers will enjoy.

This eARC was provided through Edelweiss for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Series:  #1?
Genres: YA, Sci-fi
Published on February 27, 2018
Published by Balzer + Bray
Final Rating: 2 stars
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 like the overall concept. Space pirates, missing royalty, evil lurking in the shadows. There's a lot of good stuff there, and the plot was generally interesting.

Unfortunately, I failed to connect with the characters or their relationships. I never got what all the other characters found so special about Ana, and I really didn't get her "relationship" with D09. I was told about a number of characters' relationships, familial and romantic, but I never got them. Telling me it's there didn't make it believable, and they ranged from feeling cardboard to contrived. This is definitely a me thing though. I know plenty of people do and will love these characters and romances.

Warning: Heart of Iron ends on . . . not exactly a cliffhanger, but not a conclusion. It's clearly a setup for more, but I think we could have gotten a little further with some different plotting or time management.

To sum up, I'm a little disappointed, but I know a lot of other readers will love Heart of Iron. It has action, adventure, mystery, romance, sci-fi, androids, and more! But it's not so sci-fi heavy that it'll scare away readers new to the genre.

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  1. Tee hee I see what you mean about our differences! I mean- the characters themselves felt a bit... generic? Like- I didn't love them, but neither did I hate them? I just didn't... anything them? But the romances I did kind of like, though I can't really tell you why haha. You are SO right about the telling part- I felt that way too! Great review, sorry this was a letdown for you too!

    1. I know what you mean about the characters. They weren't exactly flat, but because so much of their arcs were told instead of shown, they felt less three-dimensional? Oh well, better luck next time!

  2. I was so excited to try this, but I stopped reading about 1/4 way through. I didn't love the story and I didn't realize this was part of a series.
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    1. Probably not a bad move. I'm still debating whether to continue the series, but leaning toward no.

  3. Hey Kel Thanks for the review dear it seems amazing and actually got more interested in it after reading your review xx
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