"Every once in awhile there comes a book that leaves me absolutely stunned." ~~Goodreads review
Author: Megan Curd
Source: Author provided ARC for blog tour and honest review
Summary: 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.
Let me tell you, the world building was excellent, but I did find myself asking questions while I read: How come they haven't come up with a better way to make energy other than steam? Why is it that they need the Elementals to make it for them? It's just heating water, and I don't remember seeing them at a loss of water. They seem to have all kinds of technology but not the kind to make more energy? I was hoping to see more of my questions answered and some were but I didn't get many. Maybe I missed them? Who knows.
I also asked myself: Why are people in the Doom so blindly believing that there isn't life outside of the Doom? At one point Avery says, "In my Doom, we question everything..." We'll not everything if they thought steam was the only way to produce power and they thought they were the sole survivors in the whole world. But I get it, people can be naive especially since the world was destroyed and they needed something to grasp to for survival. These things were my biggest issues, which in my mind weren't terrible at all. It didn't make me pause or put down the book. In fact, I was intrigued and wanted to keep reading.
Avery is a very strong character and I liked her challenging the norm. She didn't want to be used as a piece of machinery for her ability. But what made her one of the strongest Elementalists?
Jaxon was very irritating and rude. So of course he was very swoony! LOL. His character filled the void that Avery needed in her life (besides her missing parents), a challenge to herself and her situation. He made her question things and want to make a change. I liked his character very much.
With everything going on in this book, it reminded me of the premise to Tahereh Mafi's book Shatter Me, another book I loved. But Steel Lily was still set itself off enough on it's own. The twist at the end, I DIDN'T EVEN SUSPECT AT ALL! Which was really refreshing and made me instantly love this author. She managed to surprise me when I didn't think I was going to be surprised.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. There were some things that left me scratching my head and things I would have changed (that's the editor in me, of course) but overall Steel Lily is a solid book, beautifully written, and executed well. I will definitely be reading more of this series and from Megan Curd.
This book earned four lip bites!
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 Kentucky with her husband, son, and Great Dane named Dozer.
Amazon || Barnes & Noble || Facebook || Twitter || Goodreads