Having loved the first book in this series Steel Lily, I was super excited to be asked to help Beta read Iron Pendulum. It was my first time doing so, and hopefully I wasn’t too annoying! So when the chance to hop onto the blog tour came up I knew I couldn’t resist. And make sure to stop by again September 5th when I get to interview Megan Curd!

Iron Pendulum CoverAuthor: Megan Curd
Title: Iron Pendulum
Published On: August 28th 2014
Series: Periodic #2
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Steampunk
My Rating:


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.


My father said there were two things certain in life before World War III: death and taxes.

After the war it was death and lies.

“Earth to Avery, care to tell us which tunnel to take?” A voice buzzed in the earpiece of my new oxygen mask.

Sari’s eyes were hidden by the polarized lenses of her mask, but her voice revealed her amused annoyance. Alice stood nearby, arms crossed. There was no need to see their expressions; I could feel impatience rolling off both of them like heat waves. We’d been sent down here to map out the tunnels and see if there were any cracks in the headquarter’s defenses for months; over the past few weeks, though, it had begun to feel as though we were being given the task to keep us busy. There were only so many more times we could venture further out, finding nothing, before Lexie, the leader of the Alliance, was going to have to give us a new mission—maybe one with a little more purpose.

Maybe one that could let me check on everyone in Dome Four, I thought.


Like any great trilogy, the second act things take a decided turn for the worse as our plucky band of characters takes its lumps, bruises, and losses.

Keeping on par with the twists of Steel Lily, Iron Pendulum doesn’t come up short! Large portions of this book only make true sense in hindsight. I’m yelling at these characters while I’m reading, “What are you doing?! Why would you do that!?”and so on. But then you get to that moment when you really understand what’s been going on under your nose the whole time and you go “OOH! That’s WTH was going on!!” and then you stop and mop up your brain after it’s been blown.

So grab your popcorn, a box of tissues, and settle into a great continuation of the series that will leave you wishing your time machine wasn’t in the shop so you could jump forward when book 3 is released.


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