“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, New York Times best-selling 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 something sinister lurks beneath the Rochester’s immaculate façade.

When Stella meets Hugo, the nineteen-year-old captain at the helm of the ship, she finds herself drawn to the mysterious boy who’s as unpredictable and broody as he is kind. But Stella's suspicions against Hugo mount as the ship is plagued by ghostly hauntings and deadly assassination attempts. Now, she must choose between following her heart or listening to her head.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on May 1, 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1328948935
ISBN-13: 9781328948939
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  • Abbygail HemingSaturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:51 am
    Recommend it to everybody I gave it five stars I seriously love it
    • shantzj
      shantzjTuesday, May 28, 2019 at 11:21 am
      this seems like a really good book.