Author: Megan Curd (@MeganCurd)
Series: The Periodic Series, #1
Genre: Young Adult; Steam Punk/Dystopian
Release Date: August 12, 2013
Source: eCopy provided by author
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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.
MY RATING: 4/5
STEEL LILY was a fascinating novel. As someone who has had very little exposure to “Steam Punk” before, but have had a fair share of dystopian in past few years, I can say that it was an intriguing take on an already familiar premise. At times it merged a bit of The Hunger Games-esque factioned off world with a character who possessed an elemental gift, who is far surpassed others of her kind, and is seeking a way out. An alternative life, if you will. Now again, there are other books with similar elements however Steel Lily still manages to hold its own weight.
One of the greatest things about this well rounded and noticeably well thought-out novel is the character development. Each character such as Jaxon and Avery, or Avery’s friend Alice and more had their own unique identities that didn’t seem to get muddled as I’ve seen in a few books lately. Often times character development is ignored or not really focused on which leads to flat characters, but Megan Curd has managed to avoid this by creating distinguishable and likeable characters.
I do wish that there was a bit more “tension” between Avery and Jaxon only because I eat that stuff up with a side of ranch! (I love it!) And there were a few parts that may have taken a while to develop or seemed to brisk through, however this is entirely understandable as this is the first novel in the series and such is to be expected when setting up the world/history.
Steel Lily has humor, action and romance all wrapped up in an alluring, yet dangerous world. Definitely worth a read!
I would like to thank MEGAN CURD for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!