Brightly Burning

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 1, 2018 - Young Adult Fiction - 400 pages

“One of the most anticipated YA debuts of 2018, Brightly Burning is a gothic, romantic mystery with hints of Jane Eyre, Marissa Meyer, and Kiera Cass.” —Entertainment Weekly

Brightly Burning delivers a brooding gothic mystery and a swoony romance, all set in space. Donne’s atmospheric, twisty update of a cherished classic will keep you up late into the night!” —Elly Blake, NYT bestselling author of the Frostblood Saga

Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her engineering job aboard the Stalwart to become a governess on a private ship. On the Rochester, there’s no water ration, more books than one person could devour in a lifetime, and an AI who seems more friend than robot.

But no one warned Stella that the ship seems to be haunted, nor that it may be involved in a conspiracy that could topple the entire interstellar fleet. Surrounded by mysteries, Stella finds her equal in the brooding but kind nineteen-year-old Captain Hugo. When several attempts on his life spark more questions than answers, and the beautiful Bianca Ingram appears at Hugo’s request, his unpredictable behavior causes Stella’s suspicions to mount. Without knowing who to trust, Stella must decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

Alexa Donne’s lush and enthralling reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre, set among the stars, will seduce and beguile you.

 

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A young adult Jane Eyre retelling in which the Earth has undergone an ice-age and people live in ships orbiting the planet. Seventeen year old Stella is desperate to leave the Stalwart, which is poor ... Read full review

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Years in the future the earth has moved into a new ice age and most of the human population is living on space craft biding time till the earth heats up. Stella Ainsley gets a transfer to a different ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
11
Chapter Three
23
Chapter Four
33
Chapter Five
43
Chapter Six
52
Chapter Seven
70
Chapter Eight
80
Chapter Twenty
231
Chapter TwentyOne
249
Chapter TwentyTwo
260
Chapter TwentyThree
275
Chapter TwentyFour
286
Chapter TwentyFive
297
Chapter TwentySix
303
Chapter TwentySeven
313

Chapter Nine
95
Chapter Ten
113
Chapter Eleven
122
Chapter Twelve
132
Chapter Thirteen
149
Chapter Fourteen
161
Chapter Fifteen
173
Chapter Sixteen
190
Chapter Seventeen
201
Chapter Eighteen
210
Chapter Nineteen
222
Chapter TwentyEight
331
Chapter TwentyNine
349
Chapter Thirty
359
Chapter ThirtyOne
373
Epilogue
387
Back Matter
392
Back Flap
395
Back Cover
396
Spine
397
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About the author (2018)

Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including teen mentor, college admissions essay advisor, fan convention organizer, YouTuber, and podcaster. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing. A proud Boston University Terrier, she lives in Los Angeles with two fluffy ginger cats named after YA literature characters. Visit her at www.alexadonne.com or on most social media spaces @alexadonne.