Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

This has a flavor of a cross between Star Wars and Star Trek.  Ana was found floating in a space pod with a robot taking care of her.  The pirate ship salvaged her and then adopted her.  She's happy being a pirate.  Then she finds out she's royalty...

Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 27th.

Her best friend is her robot.  She loves him and he'd follow her anywhere.  But when they find a derelict ship and find danger on board, he dies by killing the malware in the computer.  Her captain carries him back to the ship and they leave but they don't get away.  They get captured.  They also happen to have the son of the empress on board but it wasn't because they kidnapped him.  He was trying to escape on their ship.  It's not looking good.

It looks worse when he reveals who Ana is.  Now they want her to be the new empress on the planet.  She doesn't want to do it but she has no choice.  Then they decide to kill her and things get even more dangerous.  But Ana is not without skills.

The malware in this book is a malevolent virus that wants to rule the world.  With artificial intelligence and the many virus and worms out there now, it's not totally unbelievable.

The story has many dimensions and lots of intrigue and game playing on the part of officials.  Humans and machines have been combined.  This is a war to the death (many have died already) and it's not going to end well for anyone.  There will be more in this series, I'm sure.

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