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on August 20th 2013
Source: the author
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.
Every once in a while there comes a book that leaves me absolutely stunned. This makes writing a review very difficult since my brain is still trying to wrap around the awesomeness that is Steel Lily. Oh, and guess what?! My steampunk cherry has been popped! Even though this is like a steampunk/dystopian. Some of my all time favorites have been dystopian and this is another to add to that list. The imagery is beyond phenomenal! I could almost feel like I was right there, taking in the sights and sounds of this amazing and complicated world that Megan has created.
As for the characters… At first, I didn’t really care for Avery. She seemed kinda one noted but as with most great stories, you see the character transform into the person that they are. Avery can be quite the little spitfire. Jaxon is infuriating but goddamn is he hot and funny! The witty banter between Avery and Jaxon is downright hilarious. It’s so hard to conceal reading at work when you bust out laughing. Toni at My Book Addiction has an awesome pic of Jax with her review. You should check it out here!
The ending was so bittersweet. I guess you could consider it a HEA ending but there was a casualty that weighs heavy on my heart. I am once again having a HUGE book hangover and wish she was finished with Iron Pendulum. I’ll probably do a marathon of her books just to stave off this feeling.
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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