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Steel Lily

(Periodic #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,087 ratings  ·  241 reviews
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 ma
Paperback, 315 pages
Published August 12th 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 11th 2013)
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Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh, dystopian, dnf
According to Goodreads, I am the first person to rate this below three stars. I am the first person, as according to the way Goodreads rates books, to not like it. So I feel very weird writing a negative review.

I didn't finish it. I was 33% through it when I had to stop because I got so annoyed.

Now, this isn't a bad book. In fact, I think many people will enjoy it. I'm just sick of dystopians nowadays. It seems like every author ever decides that they are amazing at writing and tries to be a Su

This review was originally posted on Istyria book blog.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Wow. I really hoped I would like this book because it’s just in my wheel house with the elemental stuff. But you know what? I didn’t like this book. Not at all. I F-ing LOVED it! YES you read that right. I just gave 5 stars to a dystopian novel. And everyone who knows me k
Sep 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm kinda surprised by the universal love this book has gotten. I've seen nothing but rave reviews, which makes me wonder what I missed.
Because, honestly, I couldn't even finish Steel Lily. There is nothing here that stands out - the characters, the plot, the world - there's nothing here that is lasting or memorable.

Avery Pike lives in a post apocalyptic world where the majority of the population has retreated into dome like structures that protect them from the harsh outside elements. Avery'
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to review an arc of this book almost at the same time by Tess Watson of MBPT Blog Tours and by Megan Curd! I'd read the blurb on Goodreads and marked it as a book I "wanted to read". So I received a free arc copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I like the cover it gives the impression that the book has some steampunk elements as well as the dystopian edge too.
Would the cover make me pick up the book in a bookstore to learn more? Yes it would. I think the title
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG....I LOOOOVED it!!! WOW!!!
Gotta get my head together and I will have my full review....

I am first going to mention that the cover of this book is PHENOMENAL! I fell in love with it and knew that this story was going to be AMAZING!! And guess what?? was AMAZING!!
So, let me say that Steel Lily rocks the dystopian and steampunk genre. We walk in to a world with devastation; yet there is still so much technology to keep the world thriving. After the great war, radiation poisoning prompt
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Every once in a while there comes a book that leaves me absolutely stunned. This makes writing a review very difficult since my brain is still trying to wrap around the awesomeness that is Steel Lily. Oh, and guess what?! My steampunk cherry has been popped! Even though this is like a steampunk/dystopian. Some of my all time favorites have been dystopian and this is another to add to that list. The imagery is beyond phenomenal! I could almost feel like I was right there, taking in the sights and ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of YA Dystopian, Steampunk, Adventure, Romance, Thrills, Chills and Spills!
Review originally posted at My Book Addiction

After World War III decimated the Earth, survivors were forced to live under a dome, protected from the uninhabitable world outside. Avery Pike is a sixteen-year-old a water Elementalist. She manipulates water, turning it into steam to help keep Dome Four powered up. She doesn't like being used like a hamster on a wheel, but what other choice does she have if she wants to survive? Avery's parents vanished years ago so the only person she truly cares a
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: periodic-series
Favourite Line(s) “The only way someone could hate so deeply was to have loved twice as much and been hurt because of it.”

“Well, if I’m your guinea pig, I guess I’m okay with it. Let’s just keep calm and carry on.”

This was my first Steam Punk/Dystopian book and MAN I LOVED IT!!! I was a little unsure because well I'm me and new stuff makes me nervous but I am so so glad I decided to give it a try!

Avery Pike is a elemental (you become an elemental by the effects of WW3 and radiation exposure) she
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The dystopian genre isn't a genre that I normally like to read. However, in recent months I have picked up a couple of books in the genre that have shown me that even though it isn't my preferred reading material, there are some that have sparked my interest. Steel Lily is absolutely one of those books.

Megan has imbued elemental manipulation into a new world with a steampunk flavor, and I am head over heels in love with it. I can totally see the world going in that direction, minus the elemental
Ruth Silver
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a copy, in exchange for an honest review.

Steel Lily is a dystopian young adult novel, set in the future. Avery Pike, a water elementalist is required to produce steam in dome three to support life inside the dome. We quickly learn that everyone knows what she's capable of and because of her ability, everyone wants a piece of it for themselves. It isn't long before a mysterious man emerges and offers her a new life, a way out of donating steam to the system. Finding herself in a ne
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this eARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I have been craving a good dystopian for awhile now and Megan Curd delivered! Steel Lily was much more than just a dystopian, it was a dystopian with a steam punk twist and I LOVED IT!! Both genres were blended together fabulously. Once I had picked this book up I was unable to put it down until I had read the last page. The secrets!!! There were so many secrets and they were big ones. There was a big twist too. And you d
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

First of all I would say that I really liked this book so much. Being a fan of dystopian novels, this story is really refreshing. I got so hooked and never want to put it down! And it exceeds my expectations.
Avery! I love her. She's so strong and she knows her capabilities. And Jaxon, just wowowowowow! He has angst and just perfect! Totally head over heels for him :D

I'm not going he story or anything because really this book is amazing!
I definit
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Mercurial Musings (

Avery Pike’s world is one of steam and secrets. The fifteen year-old orphan finds herself in a precarious balancing act. She is perhaps the most powerful water Elementalist in Dome Four, making her an invaluable asset to the government of a world that runs on steam. Unfortunately for the government, since her parents have gone missing and her friends have suffered abuse at the hands of the Polatzi. So when Avery is offered an
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
Steel Lily takes place in a steampunk/dystopian (but not THAT far into the future)world where people live under Domes instead of the sky. After WWIII, the Earth was badly damaged and the air polluted, making everyone have to live under a metal-like dome. How does it operate? Steam. Enter Avery, a uniquely talented girl whose parents are missing. Avery is an Elementist, meaning at least in her case, that she can produce steam. While it may sound like claim-to-fame ability, she is often shunned by ...more
A copy of this novel was provided by the author as part of a book tour.

Avery Pike is an Elementalist. She can create steam from water, and it just so happens that her Dome runs on steam. Avery Pike is Dome Four’s most coveted asset. That is, until she escapes with a handsome stranger into Dome Seven.

Avery’s life is turned upside down when Jaxon, the beautiful boy with blue eyes, saves her and her best friend, Alice from impending death. But what Avery thought was escape to freedom might be entra
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! Received ARC in exchange for a review at -

Spread the word like wild fire – Steel Lily is AH-MAH-ZING. I haven’t read such great dystopian story since Divergent. It captivated my attention since the beginning.

This story takes place in the future, right after WWIII. The war has exposed many to radiation, leaving earth, unlivable.

We meet the main character, Avery Pike; water Elemntalist, the strongest among her kind. Avery is
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Part steampunky, part post-apocalyptic tale, part mystery, part teen hijinks--honestly STEEL LILY wears many hats depending on what you like/focus on. Admittedly I almost gave up on the book--wait wait hear me out. Almost from the start Avery is given the worst luck in the history of ever. Her classmate pulls a cruel trick, several folks in the Polatzi (special police force) take advantage of her 'gift', her parents are missing, her gift makes her ill--and that's not even getting into some of th ...more
Ashley Williams
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Steel Lily is FANTASTIC!!!! It's definitely one of my top 3 YA reads of the year! It's a unique mix of steampunk and dystopian and totally captivating! It's one of those books you wish you could unread, just so you can reread it for the first time again! The writing, plot, romance, characters.. everything really was perfect. There isn't one thing I would change about this book!

So, I am totally in LOVE with Jaxon. He is your atypical yet swoonworthy boy. He has dreadlocks and is overly full of hi
After building her whiplash-fast and twisted world, pumping up the amazing characters to fabulous proportions, Megan Curd is set to send us on a thrilling ride into the dystopian world of Steel Lily. World War III has devasted the planet, killed much of the population and caused mutations in a small group who now possess powers over the elements. Avery seems to be an anomaly, even among those with gifts. When offered a choice to leave the confines of her home and the stresses of being used for h ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
GR was pretty sure I would love this book, and I've gotta say, somewhere in the deep colorless ether of cyberspace tonight, an algorithm should be weeping its coded, mathy tears of shame. I was willing to love this book. I was pretty excited about the world-building, and there were some striking descriptions. But the plot and characters... really problematic. I struggled for a while to figure out where this book goes so wrong, and I think the problem is one I have not encountered in a book in a ...more
Holly Cooper
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
New book boyfriend jaxon so this book was so good. It was like nothing I have ever read before I love how cocky jaxon is and he does not really want to let anyone in I love how he meet a girl just like him. I don't know what to compare this book to it is nothing like I have ever read before. I hope you all give it a chance because I am pretty sure you will love it ...more
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Technically 4.6 rounded to 5

**Angels singing... oh wait.. its the minions** Let us take a moment to rejoice. A fresh, new take on supernatural abilities. Ahhhh.... soothes my soul.

I was graciously given this ARC in exchange for an honest review. So you know I'm not kidding when I get excited about a uniq
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just 'Wow.' Full review will be up August 14th as part of the blog tour! :)


Recently I've been becoming disillusioned with dystopia as a general rule. I feel like everyone has been jumping on the bandwagon and publishing mediocre and downright AWFUL books - which are the only kind I seem to be getting my hands on. Steel Lily has renewed my faith in the genre you guys! I was contacted by the author about reviewing this book on my blog and normally I am very careful about accepting reque
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

When I was first contacted by Megan to review Steel Lily it took a while for me to reply.  I had not heard of Megan or Steel Lily before, I have never read a steam punk book before, but I also had a small pile of review books to get through.  She linked me to amazon so I could read the first few pages to see what I thought, and I can say I was hooked before I even ran out of pages to read.

After World War Three ravaged the earth, domes were built to home the people of the world, however the e
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Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To see my full review AND an excerpt, guest post, top tens list, and giveaway from Megan Curd: (Goes live 8/13/13)

If you love dystopian, elemental, or steampunk reads, then this is definitely the book for you. Combining all these genres into one, Megan Curd has created a masterpiece that glues readers to the pages from the very beginning, taking them on a whirlwind journey full of adventure, deceit, mystery, mayhem, and of course, a little swoon-worthy romance as well.

Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A review copy was provided for an honest review. One look at the cover and I was helpless. Steel Lily is completely awesome. Although it's slow to start it thrusts you instantly into this world with Elementalists that are confined to live in Domes post WWIII. My first thought was that I was a little lost within the amount of knowledge layed out for readers but as I read further on it slowed down and I absorbed it easily. I found myself glued to every page because I was desperately curious to see ...more
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By now I’ve read my share of dystopias. The Hunger Games were my introduction to the genre and then only few other series managed to keep me a fan of this type of books. It was with great joy that when I finished reading Steel Lily I just wanted to read book 2 to be ready by my side so I could just pick it up and start reading it, too. Believe me when I tell you that Steel Lily is like a piece of candy that you’ll love and won’t be able to stop eating.


Steel Lily is a
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
See this review and more on my blog Lilybloombooks

First of all; that cover. Isn't it pretty!?

Steel Lily is one of the best Dystopians I have read. Well developed characters, remarkable world building and a few twist that left me reeling. That's not to say that it didn't have it's flaws, because it did, but I felt the good surpassed the bad.

What stood out the most for me was the world building. Both the good and the bad. Her writing is detailed and vivid and it was easy to picture the setting she
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Avery is closely guarded but still at times sneaks away. She is used in this post apocalyptic world as she is a water Elementalist. One of the strongest in Dome Three. She can turn water into steam that keeps the dome in power and oxygen. Without her and the other Elementalist they would all die as no Dome equals no life. They are all that is left. However after a visit from a man she learns that is not true. When she is taken to a new dome she sees she has been lied to and there is more outside ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!......Just Wow you guys! This book was just pure awesome! I had actually been waiting and anticipating the release of this book, and I am so glad it lived up to all my expectations! So lets dive right in shall we?!

Avery Pike is definitely a commodity in her Dome, which is Dome 4. She is basically their best asset for keeping their little slice of their world up and running. But her parents just up and dissappeared years earlier, and all she has left is her best friend, Alice. This dystopian
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