Title: Steel Lily
Author: Megan Curd
Expected Release Date: 20th August
Pages/File Size: 1272KB
Formats Available: E-Book
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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.
I was asked to review an arc of this book almost at the same time by Tess Watson of MBPT Blog Tours and by Megan Curd! I'd read the blurb on Goodreads and marked it as a book I "wanted to read". So I received a free arc copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I like the cover it gives the impression that the book has some steampunk elements as well as the dystopian edge too.
Would the cover make me pick up the book in a bookstore to learn more? Yes it would. I think the title is also intriguing I mean a "Steel Lily" is not a regular thing it is? The actual "Steel Lily" of the book comes in at the very ending of the book, and it's. . . .well . . .perfect.
So the main character is a young girl called Avery, her parents have mysteriously disappeared, so Avery is "looked after" by the government. But this is not a caring act on the governments part, they need something that Avery has. . . .Avery is an elementalist, she can control steam. And steam is a commodity that is very much in demand for the whole Dome that everyone lies in, to survive. The government workers are also not adverse to blackmailing Avery into provided them with "illegal steam" for their own uses either.
Avery has two people who genuinely care about her, Legs who is looking after his younger sister as his father is an alcoholic and the orphaned Alice.
Then one day a strange man comes along and offers Avery and her best friend Alice a way out of Dome Four. Avery wonders if she should go with him and wavers until her parents are mentioned and the possibility of information pertaining to their whereabouts.
I won't go into any other detail as I always say you need to read a book for yourself.
The characters are well described to the point you feel like you truly know them. You really do become attached to them and care about what happens to them. The book has a great pace, it feels like there's always something going on. You never get a "I'm a little bored" section as occasionally happens in some books. In this book you are kept wondering and thinking right up to the very end. The ending is also very pignant and really left me wanting even more.
So did I enjoy the book? I loved it, it was a "once you were hooked you didn't want to put it down" title. Would I recommend the book? Yes, I think it would appeal to a wide age range. Would I read another book in this series? Oh yes, I'd read it now if it were available! Would I read other books by Megan Curd? I would love to read more book by this Author, so I will be on the lookout for more.