Release Date: August 20th, 2013
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 Three: 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 Three. 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, it may make her wonder if she was better off being a government tool than searching for freedom.
Some secrets are better left concealed, but 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 first heard about this book, I got excited. I liked the sound of the entire concept and couldn’t wait to see what is brought to the table. Fortunately for me, STEEL LILY was an incredible enjoyable and entertaining read. The elemental manipulation element of the story was great! I love that sort of stuff and the science-y concepts behind manipulating the molecules. Avery and friend’s abilities remind me of both Avatar: The Last Airbender and Fullmetal Alchemist (speaking of, there is also steampunkish automail!). I’m probably just making up those connections (I tend to do that) but they made me happy…
I also found STEEL LILY to be fairly humourous. Avery’s narration entertained me when the plot didn’t, and Jax was the kind of sarcastic smart alec I love. His comments made me snicker. The only thing that could make me love him more is if he got rid of those dreads *shudder*. Alice, Legs, and Sari were also interesting characters. All very loyal to each other, establishing friendships in a short amount of time. Some other characters had hidden motivations that were revealed quite suddenly at the end of the plot. I had an inkling about their real motivations, but for them to become that apparent out of almost nowhere was jarring.
Sudden changes in motivations were the only real issues I had with the plot overall. The world that has been built is very intriguing and I like the concept. The plot moves very quickly with Avery’s decisions and her realisation that she is just an instrument being used. Some of her actions are selfish and I was surprised she didn’t often think about the others around her and what her presence (or lack of) meant for them. Other characters did call her out on that which I liked. I also liked how quickly she figured out the new dome was not what it appeared. Reading an entire novel only for her to put the pieces together at the end would have been annoying.
STEEL LILY was a nice easy fast paced read I quite enjoyed. There’s lots of little twists and entertaining narration to keep your attention. I was never really bored. I was surprised by this twisted future world and really would like to see how it develops.