Title: Steel Lily (The Periodic Series #1)
Author: Megan Curd
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 20th 2013
Read it in: 2 Days
Source: From the 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.
Holy wow! I cannot explain how much, I guess, this novel shocked me! For real! I had never read a Steam punk novel before Steel Lily, and I am so glad I got the change to read this novel! It was the perfect introduction to a new Genre. How do I know this? Because I loved every second of it. There wasn’t a moment during this read that I was bored or un-entertained which isn’t even a word so that’s how much I liked this novel – I’m making up words for it!
We follow Avery Pike, a water Elementalist, as she goes on her journey full of love, loss and betrayal. She finds herself being carted off to a new world after she and her Traditional friend, Alice are almost caught (and that would mean trouble). When the mysterious lad, Jaxon, takes them away from those who are trying to catch them, you’d think life would be great right? But her move from Dome Four to Dome Seven was not what she had expected. She meets a few people who she’d consider her friends, and a few she wouldn’t consider her friends – and here’s the betrayal. But who does the betraying? Ah, you’ll have to read to find that out!
I am in love with Megan’s way of writing and her imagination. She created a very creepy world, in the not too distant future (2030) which is caused by World War III – so yeah, if it wasn’t for the elemental stuff (caused by radiation) it would be entirely possible! I suppose. Either way, creepy! Anywho, I found myself swept away with this novel completely involved in what was going on. I only put the novel down due to a migraine – but I couldn’t wait to pick it back up again.
I think this novel truly is a great introduction to Steam Punk and I’m looking forward to reading more in this genre. But for those who already like this genre, you should definitely give this novel a read. It was a fantastic Dystopian full of twists and turns that you may or may not expect. Fantastic writing, story and read. I just cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel.
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. She loves to snowboard and travel to new places, 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.