Review: Steel Lily by Megan Curd

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Title: Steel Lily (The Periodic Series #1)

Author: Megan Curd

Release Date/Publisher: August 12th 2013

Finished: August 29th 2013

Pages: 266-eBook-given for review

Series: 

  1. Steel Lily
  2. Iron Pendulum
  3. Untitled

Synopsis:

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.

What I thought:

I was given a copy of this to review from the author, thank you!

Based on the description alone, this book really intrigued me. I’m a sucker for those that can manipulate elements, and the added dystopian/stempunk feel really made me want to read it.

Avery at the beginning was a bit hard to like, but after I read more of her side and what’s happened to her and the world I started to understand why she was like that. For instance she complains quite A LOT about the dome in the first few chapters, but after a certain police-like figure forces her to use her powers it’s no wonder she feels that way. She does grow on you, even though she starts the whole insta-lust thing when she meets Jaxon and keeps telling herself she shouldn’t like him. I have to admit the thing they had was kind of cute, but I didn’t see why she had up a resistance to him.

The other characters were pretty neat too, you have the bad guys of course, and the object of her womanly affection. Then there’s Alice, her best friend, who totally became my favourite. She is so nice and tries not to let much bother her and she even has a great sense of humour! Sari was pretty cool too, and I liked her hacker abilities that made her seem important even if she didn’t have any powers.

The story and the world building were pretty good. All we really find out about WWIII was a quick history lesson in one of Avery’s classes, and then some little tidbits when they start snooping later. We learn about the domes and the radiation and what it caused too. I really hope there’s more on this and the world outside the domes more as the series goes on, because I felt myself wanting to learn more about it.

The only other thing I would have liked was a bit more editing. There were a few sections (not many) that had me a bit confused when things hapened, and some of the verb tenses if I remember correctly were jumping at the beginning of the book. In all honesty I did enjoy reading this, and that extra touch would have just made the story a bit tighter.

This was a good start for a debut author!

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