Title: Steel Lily
Author: Megan Curd
Series: The Periodic Series book 1
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.
I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
"Funny how the grass was always greener on the other side, even when I knew the other side was dead and desolate."I feel like this was a central theme for this book, people always looking for something better even when what they have seems great. After the war took so much from so many people. I can understand the need to search for something more, something better. Also I felt like it was telling me everything may not be as it seems. Polished poop is still poop!!
I loved how the dystopian genre was melded with some steampunk and a little sci-fi with the abilities and underground lab, and I loved every bit of it. The unique world that Megan Curd built was fantastic, filled with so many layers of secrets, mysteries, and lies I was held captive form start to finish and I was very sad when it came to an end.
Now as much as I loved this book I must admit that I was not always fond of Avery. At the beginning I couldn't decide if she was crazy or just really didn't care, she seemed very unaffected and just kept getting everyone in trouble. She did redeem herself to me at the academy and by the end I was totally in her side and I'm rooting for her. Jaxson on the other hand had me from the get go, I knew her arrogance was a front and when I fond out more about his father I understood the reason for his mask. He liked to believe that no one could see through , but then again I think Avery always knew as well.
"The only way someone could hate so deeply was to have loved twice as much and been hurt because of it."
The absolute betrayal was so heartbreaking and way out of left field for me, I wont spoil anything but I will say be prepared for a few WTF moments, and be ready to question your judgement, I know I did.
"The skeletons that Dome four hid may have been different than those of this Dome, but it seemed that secrets lurked in the shadows all around us."
This whole book was a rollar coster ride of adventure, sexual tension, heartache, and the will the survive and live a better life. I'm hooked on this series and I'm so hopeful for this group and more than ready to see what the future holds. I hope more people get their hands on this book and enjoy it's splender as much as I did. Thank you again to the wonderful Megan Curd for letting me take this journey and I can't wait for book two!!!
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