Early Review & Giveaway! Steel Lily by Megan Curd


Steel Lily
by Megan Curd
Series: The Periodic Series #1
Expected publication: August 20th 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Dystopian, Steampunk
Source: eARC provided by author
in exchange for an honest review

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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 Thoughts

After World War III decimated the Earth, survivors were forced to live under a dome, protected from the uninhabitable world outside. Avery Pike is a sixteen-year-old a water Elementalist. She manipulates water, turning it into steam to help keep Dome Four powered up. She doesn’t like being used like a hamster on a wheel, but what other choice does she have if she wants to survive? Avery’s parents vanished years ago so the only person she truly cares about now is her best friend, Alice. When a strange man appears and offers Avery another way of life — freedom! — she carefully considers the possibility. In the end, the decision is made for her, and when she arrives at her new not-so-humble abode, Dome Seven, Avery is blown away by what she finds there.

Steel Lily is an unparalleled dystopian story set in the not-too-distant future, told from Avery Pike’s POV. Avery is THE PERFECT heroine for this very imperfect world. She is strong, but has weaknesses, brave, but has fear. She is inquisitive, and full of resolve. The author didn’t create a perfect person with over-the-top badass abilities, no shortcomings and flawless beauty. Avery Pike is as close to a real person as a fictional character can get. I love that when Avery says she doesn’t trust easily, that attribute does not falter. She always says what she means, and means what she says. This tale, seen through her eyes, was immediately captivating. The plot unfolds at a skillful pace and takes you on an unprecedented journey.

The secondary characters in this book are just as authentic and engaging. Alice seems fragile at times, but really steps up to the plate when necessary. She and Avery fit together perfectly, balancing out each others strengths and weaknesses. Sari quickly became another favorite character equipped with a brilliant mind and the audacity to stand up for the good that is left in the world. I love that her personality meshed so well with Avery and Alice’s. They were like The Three Musketeers — all for one, one for all.

Now, Jaxson. Oh, LORDY! Jaxon Pierce is the perfect composition of charisma, despondence, sarcasm and even tenderness, when the mood strikes. And he needs to be a whole lot older so I don’t have to feel so much like a cougar wanting to devour her own cub.

Jaxon Pierce

I’m a cougar, she’s a cougar, wouldn’t you like to be a cougar, too?
Drink him up like a Dr. Pepper, ladies!

The four of them band together to uncover what Dome Seven’s malevolent mastermind has in his evil bag of tricks. Did he really bring Avery to Dome Seven in an attempt to free her, all while trying to make the world a better place? Who can they trust in this place? The world building is incredible. I can easily place myself in this desolate world, fighting to survive not only the effects of the radiation, but life inside the dome as well.

Steel Lily is the embodiment of what every book should aspire to be. Megan Curd is a wicked-awesome author with an imagination beyond what I could ever hope to possess. She is the Cat’s Pajamas! To all the books I’ve loved before, well, I still love you, but this book just slid into the #1 slot. I highly recommend Steel Lily to everyone, even if you think you don’t fancy the dystopian genre. Don’t imagine for a second that this is some strange futuristic plot that you couldn’t possibly wrap your head around. This story flows beautifully with a combination of real emotion, heart-pounding action, mystery, plot twists that you can’t possibly see coming, romantic elements, and enough snark to make you chuckle. Even the name of the book is thoughtful to the point of perfection. Just wait until you read it!

I am so grateful to Megan for providing me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Steel Lily. This story renewed my hope for the dystopian genre which, as of late, has spiraled out of control with its overused tropes and flatlining characters. I am also in the middle of an emotional crisis because I read this a month before the actual release date, which means I have to wait that much longer for Iron Pendulum, the second book in The Periodic Series!


^ He could very easily be crying out, “Me-gan!”


About the Author


Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college.

When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.

Megan currently resides in Stanton, Kentucky with her husband, son, and Great Dane named Dozer.

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