ARC Review: Steel Lily by Megan Curd

Posted August 2, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

ARC Review: Steel Lily by Megan Curd

Steel Lily

by Megan Curd
Series: The Periodic Series #1
Pages: 266
Published on August 20th 2013
by Megan Curd
Genres: Dystopian, Steampunk, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Author
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Iron Pendulum

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 this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

Wow. I really hoped I would like this book because it’s just in my wheel house with the elemental stuff. But you know what? I didn’t like this book. Not at all. I F-ing LOVED it! YES you read that right. I just gave 5 stars to a dystopian novel. And everyone who knows me knows that that is pretty rare. Just as rare as someone calling 50 Shades a literary masterpiece.

So this is your basic dystopian world (not really). The world is in ruins after a lot of shit has happened and now people live in domes all across the world. It’s only safe in those domes and even there life is hard. Avery lives in Dome Four. She’s one of the Elementalists, one of the best. She generates steam for the dome. Without steam, no oxygen, no electricity, nothing. But Avery feels more like a pawn than an Elite. And when a man called Riggs offers her a way out, offers her freedom, it’s hard to resist. But even there, nothing is what it seems. Even there where she’s supposed to be free, are lies.

There was no time to daydream of what might be outside our Dome.
There was no time to dream of anything.
Dreaming was reserved for those who weren’t struggling to survive, and we lost that luxury long ago.
page 13

I loved the story. Next to the obvious reason with the elements, it’s just a good dystopian book. The writing was really good. I can’t really describe it, it just was so fun and nice reading this book. Megan Curd has a very good style of writing. Everything plays like a movie in my head and I love that. The worldbuilding is great. It’s not so much you get bored, but not so little you don’t understand a thing either. It’s just enough and it’s great. I got sucked into this story right away. And I just loooove when that happens.

Now I’ve got to talk about some of the characters. Not all of them because of spoilers, but some of them. First off, Avery. Man I love her. She’s got some serious spunk. Talk about a kick-ass main character. She’s awesome. I loved Alice too. She may seem like a shy and quiet girl, but she’s not. She’s cool and I like her. Sari too, she’s cool. Also pretty kick-ass. And Legs. He’s funny and I love him too. And Jaxon. My god. I have a new book boyfriend. Damn.
I can’t talk about any of the other characters because I would spoil the whole book if I did. And I don’t roll that way.

“You know, you’re kind of like a lily. A steel lily.”
“Is that a compliment?”
He laughed. “Yeah. At least, that’s how I meant it. I mean, you’re a girl; you’re this beautiful person inside and out, but you hide it. You’re hard, or that’s what you want people to think, anyway. That’s why I think you’re a steel lily. Hard and beautiful, intricate and unmoving. It’s the most puzzling thing I’ve ever seen or experienced. You’re…different.
page 138

Would I read this book again? Hells yeah. Will I read the sequels? Hells yeah. Would I recommend it to anyone? You betcha.

This book is perfect for fans of the dystopian genre. Even fans of fantasy will like/love this book. If you’re a fan of books with elemental stuff like me, you’ll really love this book. So read it. Like… now.


Are you going to read this book? What is your favorite dystopian novel?

autograph bieke


About Megan Curd

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.

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