Steel Lily by Megan Curd
Source: Received a copy from author in exchange for an honest review, no compensation.
Release date: August 12th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Dystopia
Rating: Brittany: 5/5
Synopsis via Goodreads:
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.
This book was awesome! It is steampunk, dystopian, elemental and science fiction heaven. I LOVED the world building, it was so unique. From the idea of domes, to the elemental abilities, to the character’s problems everything was so remarkably different than other books in this genre. I was feeling tired of the dystopian genre but this book was the perfect cure. Megan Curd’s ability to create images is out of this world! I felt like I was in the dome with the characters! The plot twists and turns enough to keep you guessing but not feeling dizzy.
I really liked Avery’s character. She is one of the strongest water Elementalists despite that she very much wants to be a normal teenager. At first I was not sure if I was going to enjoy Avery but she really grows into a more sassy and spitfire character by the end. I also really enjoyed the banter between Avery and Jaxon. Yes, there is a swoon worthy boy in the book! 🙂
I haven’t read a dystopian this good since The Maze Runner, Divergent, or even Hunger Games. It just caught my attention from the first sentences to the last! The ending was ARGH and a little bittersweet but it makes me want the second!
If you are looking for something different and love dystopian novels, than this book is for you! I also really think fiction readers will like this book, it has just a little bit of something for everybody.