“Heart of Iron” by Ashley Poston
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
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?
This is such a beautiful looking book. I was hoping the story would live up to the cover but alas not. First of all, there were a crazy amount of typos in this book. Not sure if it was the Owlcrate version or the book but it was annoying to come across so many. The story had way too many narrators for my taste. I didn’t enjoy jumping around between the main 4. It made it too difficult to connect with anyone. The characters felt shallow. I didn’t really get to know them. The bare bones of the story were entertaining enough. I could pick out the pieces of Anastasia. Ultimately underwhelming and I’ve read better AI/human ~romances~ this year.