Title: Steel Lily (The Periodic series)
Author: Megan Curd
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.
It’s been a while since I last read a steampunk-dystopian novel. This one had me intrigued because it featured a girl with the power to manipulate water into steam and operate on a dome – a world that became a remnant of the World War III, where you need to wear a mask in order to breathe.
Avery Pike is one of the Elementalists among others who work to make sure that this new world can shelter people and be able to breathe clean air all throughout their lives. Tough job I should say, but somebody had to do it, and Avery is, unfortunately a slave to this world.
When a rogue man get a hold of her and her friend Alice, she was taken to another Dome (Dome Seven) where everything she was taught about the world was totally different and unreal. Avery met Jaxon Pierce, an alchemist, and soon she discovered everything about Dome Four were lies. There were cameras everywhere and forbidden gadgets like holograms covering the ugly truth.
The not-so-distant future is upon us, and in this steampunk novel, everything is amazingly wicked. Never have I ever seen or read a book so enticing and descriptive of a possible war-laden future and a character that’s undeniably strong and powerful. You can tell a lot about Avery Pike with her demeanor and attitude with her work, friends and foes. This has been such a thrill to read. I need to read more about this world and explore Megan Curd’s wonderful writings.