Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd
Series: The Periodic Series (#2)
Published: August 28th 2014
“A month ago, Avery thought the world ended outside Dome Four. Thought she was one of the few of her kind. Thought the war that brought the human race to the brink of extinction was over.
But a month can change everything.
After fighting to escape a tyranny she didn’t even know existed, Avery has had to come to grips with all the secrets she’s uncovered. But more secrets continue to come to light, revealing how little of her world she truly knew. When evidence starts to show that Dome Four might be under siege, Avery knows what she must do.
Returning to the dome she longed to escape is a challenge for Avery, but now she knows there’s corruption lurking in the shadows. A massive steam shortage leaves half the dome without power, and people are falling ill. Dying.
And they’re blaming Avery.
A month can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.”
“Footsteps sloshed through the water and raced toward us.
Zeroes were in the tunnels, and they were dangerously close to the Alliance Headquarters. To Dome Four.
My heart clamored in my chest, catching the rhythmic pounding of feet hitting the cement. The water rippled and sloshed around my feet. Rats skittered back from where we’d come, abandoning the tunnel as fast as possible. I looked up, shining my headlamp down the abyss in time to see exactly what I didn’t want to come face to face with ever again in my life.
Burned men hurtled down the passageway in ragged military uniforms. Pieces of fabric clung to their charred bodies, melted onto their muscles like a new skin to replace their original flesh.
They tumbled over one another with no regard for their fellow comrades. Their snarls ripped through the air like wild animals, and they pushed one another in a battle to reach us first.”
I couldn’t be more than happy when I got the chance to become part of the Irom Pendulum blog tour. When I read Steel Lily last year, I wanted to have this book in my hands right away. Now I finally have and I’m here to share my thoughts on it without spoiling it because, guys, you should definitely start this series if you haven’t done so yet.
It embarrasses me to say that even though Steel Lily was one of my favourite books of 2013, by now most details from the book were hazy in my mind and I had to check my notes from before to remember some of the things that had happened. I didn’t remember some characters and that is a no no when you’re reading a sequel. I probably should have re-read book 1 but unfortunately, I had no time to do so if I wanted to post the review in time. That being said, I’m sorry if this review isn’t as thorough as it should be.
In Steel Lily, Avery and her friends had managed to escape Xander and went to work with the rebels, led by Lexie. In Iron Pendulum, the group’s objective is to enter doume four and try to stop Xander’s horrendous experiments. In Steel Lily, we got to meet the Zeros, people from WWIII. Now, we have a new development: in one of their excursions trying to get into the Doume, the friends encounter a familiar Zero, one of Avery and Alice’s classmate, Chase. It seems Xander’s experiments are evolving and things are starting to become even more ugly. Adding to that, when they reach Doume four, it seems everyone blames Avery for the lack of Steam.
However, Avery’s powers are evolving and new abilities start to surface. I loved how every character seemed to grow. Avery is still that always honest, direct girl I couldn’t help but love in Steel Lily. Alice is still a tiny bit annoying but I loved her banter with Jaxon. Oh god, that was hilarious. In the beginning, Jaxon is trying to be everyone’s hero but it’s Avery who gets to save the group from several Zeros, creating a, poo typhoon in the sewers as Alice says. Obviously, the girl had to savour the chance to joke about Jaxon’s poor figure covered in crap (her words, not mine). One of the things that proved that my memory sucks ass, was me not remembering the fact that Jaxon had dreadlocks. Don’t ask me why, but when I started reading Iron Pendulum, I forgot all about his appearance and thought he looked like a nerd. Sad, sad, sad. Despite that, I still gushed about his and Avery’s relationship as it developed and grew. The phases, the increasing intimacy and trust… Yup, Jaxon is still up there in my book boyfriend list.
I wanted to say so much more but I don’t want to spoil the book. Let me just say that Curd’s writing style is still as much addictive and enticing as it was. It’s simply but vivid. The reader is right there with Avery and the group. Go pick The Periodic Series up if you like the dystopian genre. It’s one of the best out there, in my opinion. I haven’t stopped bugging my friends about it, trying to get them to read it, so it’s legit!
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About Megan Curd:
Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Photography, traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and she doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself. Megan currently resides in Ohio with her husband and son, where she is trying to convert them into Buckeye fans.
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