by Megan Curd
Series: The Periodic Series #1
Release date : August 20th 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: The Author | Format: ARC
AVERY PIKE is a commodity. No, more than a commodity. Her existence is guarded at all costs.
She’s a water Elementalist, the strongest of her dwindling kind. She creates steam to provide energy to fuel Dome Four: the only thing standing between humanity and an earth ravaged by World War III. No steam, no Dome. No Dome, no life.
Or so she thinks.
That is, until a mysterious man offers her a way out of having to donate steam. A way to escape the corrupt government of Dome Four. While the offer seems too good to be true, Avery is intrigued. But when she arrives to her new home, she realizes the grass isn’t any less dead on this side of the fence. Instead, the lies are just hidden better.
…Which means digging deeper.
When Avery enlists the help of her friends to uncover the truth, she learns that while some secrets are better left concealed, humankind was never meant to live in a cage. And when you can control the most sought after resource, you can learn to control anything…including the fate of your world.
*ARC was provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review*
First of all; that cover. Isn’t it pretty!?
Steel Lily is one of the best Dystopians I have read. Well developed characters, remarkable world building and a few twist that left me reeling. That’s not to say that it didn’t have it’s flaws, because it did, but I felt the good surpassed the bad.
What stood out the most for me was the world building. Both the good and the bad. Her writing is detailed and vivid and it was easy to picture the setting she created. Megan’s imagination is remarkable. What I thought was most interesting were the side effects to the radiation exposure. Everyone was effected differently by it, some manipulating the elements, others well… had other morbid side effects. What was confusing was the back story. The war, being WWIII, devastated the world, causing mass destruction. I was confused by this because the Domes that everyone lived in were constructed AFTER the initial bombings. For some reason, this made no sense to me. Other than a small tid bit of information given about the Alliance and the Resistance, there isn’t much elaboration on the WHY’s of the war. I was also confused by the fact that one Dome is powered by one element while the other, something different. HOW?
Avery was a well-developed, bad ass chick. After her parents went missing, she was taken in by the Government of her dome and cared for, as long as she helped power it. Being a water Elementalist, she was able to create Steam, which was element powered her dome. She’s tough, loving and I like how she questions everything. Even with the possibility to live her life with more people like her, she hesitates to leave. Smart girl. She also has a sweet, slow developing relationship with Jax. I loved his smart ass wit and humor. We see his walls slowly crumble with Avery and my heart just about broke for the guy.
Aside from Avery and Jax, we have Alice and Legs; Avery’s close friends from her dome. I loved Alice’s spunky attitude. Sari; who is hilarious and earns Avery’s trust right off. All their relationships were strong and admirable. When secrets started to unfold, you really see just how much they would all do for each other.
As I mentioned before, there were a few twists that I hadn’t seen coming. And I was reeling. She did a remarkable job weaving all the deceit and secrets together. Looking back now, I can see small clues to point out a few things but knowing what I know now, I still don’t think I would have put two and two together. Well done!
Overall- Loved it. Full of heart pounding action, heartbreaking revelations and full of twist, Steel Lily is a must read.
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