Official Rating: 2.5/5
“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.”
I honestly love the title Steel Lily as well as how the name arrives in the book. I rather enjoyed myself reading this, but I still had to give it a review of 2.5.
Avery Pike, the heroine, wasn’t as complex as she needed to be. In a dystopian world where you can hardly trust yourself and, in Avery’s case, your class hates you because of your abilities, you need to be complex. Firstly, you need a poker face. Throughout the whole book at least three characters comment on how Avery’s face is a snitch when it comes to how she feels. And this never changes, which I will get to shortly. Secondly, be more than just your superpower/what makes you stand out. Besides Avery’s special power, there wasn’t much to her. She was just a pawn in her own book! Avery felt very naive to me and for the most part, just wandered around hoping to uncover “secrets” even though she wasn’t doing much. All of the secrets were conveniently given to her by a few of the friends that she surrounds herself with. It wasn’t the heroine the world needed after what everyone says was a terrible World War III, which I will also get to later. Thirdly, don’t swoon over the first guy you meet. It’s just so sad. All it takes is one look and suddenly “Does he feel the love too?” Please don’t do that, focus on your goal in life, you know, the one that involves people you love that may die? Thanks. Curd tried to make Avery seem somewhat quick-witted, someone who bravely (or stupidly) pushed her captor’s patience to the limit, but it fell flat. I found myself rolling my eyes when she tried to be a smart-aleck towards anyone besides Jaxon because at least Jaxon wasn’t taking her seriously. She never fixed her poker face issue either, she just continued to walk around with her thoughts written out on her face and eventually everyone just accepted it. It was very unrealistic.