Brightly Burning, by Alexa Donne
Publish Date: May 1, 2018
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.**
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.
I’ll be honest, I was not entirely sure I was going to be interested enough in this to actually request it, but something about the idea of Jane Eyre in space had me intrigued and kept me thinking about it. Going into the retelling, I had only a vague remembrance of what happened in the original novel (having read it about 12 years ago…wow has it really been that long?) so I didn’t sit there and worry about comparing things to the original, which was sort of nice. From the start this book definitely pulled me in quickly and had me unable to put it down the whole time I was reading it. Continue reading “Book Review | BRIGHTLY BURNING, by Alexa Donne”