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Brightly Burning

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Engaging reboot puts Jane Eyre in space.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Cute love story with futuristic elements

Very cute love story. It is futuristic and has a smart female lead. It has some elements of science. There is some kissing, but that is as far as the sexual content goes.

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Author Alexa Donne's re-imagining of Jane Eyre in space is engaging, but will be enjoyed best by readers who come to it with an open mind. It's not Jane Eyre, and die-hard fans may be frustrated by the differences between Jane and Stella. It's not hard sci-fi, either, and die-hard fans may find too much romance for their taste. But readers who can leave their expectations behind will enjoy this blend of mystery, romance, and science fiction.

Donne effectively creates a vivid, richly populated world among a fleet of spaceships in orbit around Earth. Readers familiar with Jane Eyre won't find any surprises in the plot, but the setting and colorful characters add some interest to hopefully see them through to the end, when the excitement really starts to build. Teens will easily relate to Stella as she struggles to find her place in strange new surroundings, to learn the truth about Hugo, and to start a new life on her own terms.

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