ARC Review: Steel Lily by Megan Curd

July 18, 2013 Review 18 ★★★★

ARC Review: Steel Lily by Megan Curd
Steel Lily by Megan Curd
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Pages: 315
Release Date: August 20th, 2013
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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 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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

 

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Overall: 3.7

18 Responses to “ARC Review: Steel Lily by Megan Curd”

    • Bec

      So do I! It’s always so interesting and fun to read about. I don’t think I’ve read any books with elemental manipulation that are completely terrible.

    • Bec

      Yeah, it was a bit jolting but the motivations were always there under the surface. They just become more apparent too quickly.

  1. Delaney

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard this book and it looks so interesting. When I read the synopsis it reminded me of Avatar too! XD But I haven’t watched Fullmetal Alchemist so I don’t know about that (I know, shame on me). I love the sound of all the characters even if one does have dreads. ;D

    Thanks for the awesome review and introducing me to this book!
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  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I’ve never heard of this book before, but I absolutely love that cover! The idea behind the plot also sounds quite intriguing.
    I’m glad that the book lived up to your expectations. Fast-paced and intense books are my favorite, so I can tell that I’ll enjoy this one. The characters too sound wonderful!
    I’ll be adding this to my to-read list!
    Lovely review!
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  3. Neysa Kristanti

    Ooh, this one sounds really interesting. And I agree, when I read ‘water-controlling’ things, I thought about Avatar (Which I loved too, by the way :D) Sad to hear that the main character was kinda selfish though. Not really my type of character, but I guess I’ll check this one out.
    Nice review!

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    • Bec

      It was just the quickness that she decided to leave without thinking about what it’d mean to her fellow dome inhabitants, and she was being used so I can understand her desire to leave. She is very loyal and caring when it comes to her friends.

      Thanks!

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