Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Exiled from earth, the remnants of the human race circle the solar system in slowly disintegrating space ships. Soon, the poorest will start to drop out of the sky..

Can love conquer deception and intrigue?

I spent all of Sunday reading Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne and it was a day well spent. I’ve had this book on my tbr for a while now and have been dying for a chance to read it. It’s described as a rework of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre but set in space. Now I can’t really compare as I haven’t read Jane Eyre but I’ll have to change that as I loved this!

“Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.”

Stella our main girl is feeling a bit stuck and doesn’t want to settle she wants to escape. Stella knows there is so much more for her out there and she just needs to go and get it, much to the dismay of her best friend George. When an opportunity arises she jumps at the chance, excited about her new life. But not everything is what it seems and when Stella uncovers some horrible truths she has to decide wether to stay with her new found happiness or leave it all behind and save her friends.

I really enjoy a good space adventure having alway been fascinated with the stars it’s a great escape to read about living among them. If you like The Illuminae Files or Artemis (I loved both) then you will really enjoy this.

(Many thanks to Titan Books for the chance to review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them)

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