- Page Count: 480
- Release Date: February 27, 2018
- My Rating: 3.5 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?
It’s like Defy the Stars meets Empress of a Thousand Skies (with an Anastasia retelling in there)? The smuggler ship and other elements that reminded me of Firefly were really fun!
I had kind of a hard time getting into the tone, but I still thought this was an engaging, fast-moving story! All of the POVs are short so things never got slow. I liked the characters (Jax was my favorite) and thought the writing did a great job conveying their different personalities. And I was super grateful that Di’s POV wasn’t dull or hard to connect with even when he was supposed to be all mechanic & devoid of emotion. All of the couples were cute, too!
3+ stars is still a good rating for me btw. I’m mostly just saying this was well done but I was never super into it. I think sci fi stories are super hit or miss with me, so that’s just my personal taste (and not any actual problem with the book). I bet a ton of people will adore this one even more than I did!