Heart of Iron Mini-Review
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?
Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.75/5)
Great overall read!
Really enjoyed the action and the twists and turns, some of which were very unexpected towards to end of the book (damn that ending!). Some of the clues were a little obvious at the start and it definitely had a great Anastasia vibe.
Absolutely loved Jax and Robb, shipping them forever.
A couple of cons were the annoying made-up up swear words, I would’ve liked some more world building and backstories to explain those. Ana came off as quite immature and a bit annoying many times throughout the book. To be honest, I feel like a seventeen-year-old outlaw would have made some better decision making and act a bit more mature. And the emphasis on ‘family’ was a little too strong and sappy for my taste but kind of cute I guess.
Overall, great action sci-fi book, mildly interested to see what happens in the sequel.
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