US + Canada: HMH TEEN | MAY 1, 2018
UK: Titan Books | June 12, 2018

US Paperback out February 4, 2020

Can love conquer deception and intrigue?

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.



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 Bestselling author of the Frostblood series

A sparkling reimagining of Jane Eyre, Brightly Burning offers up a lively science fiction setting offset by delicious romance. Fans of galactic adventure and star-crossed love will swoon.

Jessica Cluess, author of the Kingdom On Fire series

Feminist retelling of Jane Eyre… a gripping examination of class, romance, and survival set in a dystopian future that feels chillingly relevant to our present times.


Spectacularly fun sci-fi… a fast-paced, whirlwind adventure