Book Review | Steel Lily by Megan Curd

Posted on Sunday, September 8, 2013 12:30 AM

Series: Periodic # 1

Format: e-ARC

Source: Provided by the author for an honest review

Publication Date: August 15, 2013

Pages: 315


*I was provided a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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.
When I get asked to review a book, the first thing I do is check out Goodreads to see if it sounds like something that I would like.  Needless to say, when I first read the summary for Steel Lily I was very intrigued since I am a huge fan of the dystopian genre.  And when I saw that Steel Lily is a dystopian book that centers on elementalists, it sealed the deal, I wanted to read this book.

After World War III breaks out and destroys everything, Domes are formed by the Government.  The Domes are created for people to live in, in order to protect them from the destruction on the outside world, or so they say. 

Fifteen year old, Avery Pike, a steam elementalist lives in Dome Four.  Avery is one of the most prominent elementalist that provides the Dome with energy so she is kept on a short leash, until a strange man offers her a way out.  But the way out may have more consequences than she realizes. 

One thing I loved about Steel Lily was that it has such amazing characters.  Avery is such a strong and caring person, she would do anything to protect those she cares about.  I also really liked Alice and Sari, they both are incredible friends and they are also badass in their own ways. 

But Jaxon was by far my favorite.  Jaxon…*swoons* is my new book boyfriend.  I absolutely loved his confidence and his witty personality.  Seriously, if you’re ever in the mood for an exceptionally hot, drool-worthy guy, then pick up this book, Jaxon will not disappoint you.

Overall, Steel Lily is an amazing dystopian with just enough mystery and humor to keep you intrigued until the very last page.  Steel Lily was beautifully written, I literally highlighted a TON of amazing lines in this book and it was hell trying to choose only a few to use for my favorite quotes.  And did I mention Jaxon? 

Favorite Quotes

Are you finished checking me out? If you’re not, that’s okay; I allow every new woman I meet a free five-minute gawking period.  After that, it’ll cost you.”

“I would lay down my life for you to live one more hour.”

There’s no way you’re leading.  If something bad is going to happen, I’m going to see it first so you have time to run.”



  1. I keep hearing such great things about this book so I think I'm just going to have to break down and read it. Amazing dystopian with mystery, humor, and a swoony guy? I'm there! ~Pam

  2. I really love this one too! Great review!


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