Tuesday, March 17, 2020

43. Brightly Burning

Brightly Burning. Alexa Donne. 2018. 394 pages. [Source: Library] [YA Fiction; YA Science Fiction; Space Opera]

First sentence: The gravity stabilizers were failing again.

Premise/plot: Stella Ainsley is an orphan now fully grown—if you consider eighteen grown. She is a part-time teacher, part-time engineer aboard a starship. Not the finest of those orbiting earth, far from it. Those that call the Stalwart home are hard workers, farmers mainly, but the lowliest class. Stella wants off. She doesn’t want to work as an engineer, at least not her first choice. She wants to teach. But a job transfer to another ship isn’t looking likely—either as an engineer or a teacher. But one application succeeds. The Rochester, a private ship orbiting the moon, is in need of a governess for a child. Stella says yes. On the Rochester she meets Jessa and her older brother, Hugo. Their meeting is strange and awkward. She saves his life! It seems the Rochester holds more than a few secrets. But it is wonderful and only sometimes terrifying. Could Stella have found her happily ever after?! Or will the truth tear two lovers apart forever.

My thoughts: I love, love, love this one. I first read it in 2018. I recently read Donne’s second novel—also a space opera retelling of a classic, this time Austen’s Persuasion. I believe that one must be set earlier in this world she created. Reading it made me *need* to reread this one. It didn’t disappoint. I think I may love it even more.

I would love to see this filmed!!!

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