Iron Pendulum

Iron Pendulum

by Megan Allen

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Six months 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 six months 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.

Six months can change everything. One more month could kill everyone. The clock is ticking.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150454866
Publisher: Megan Curd
Publication date: 08/27/2014
Series: The Periodic Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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Iron Pendulum 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DesPutaski More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book as part of the Ink Slinger PR Blog Tour. I came across Megan Curd through a giveaway, where I received a copy of Steel Lily; I was completely blown away and have waited, not quite so patiently, for the release of this book. So, of course I jumped on the chance to join this tour! This is the second book of the Periodic Series and can not be read as a standalone. If you love steampunk dystopian, with a YA theme, then this is an awesome series for you! Megan’s writing style is absolutely amazing. She is able to weave a world of her own creation and suck you right in to it. The cast of characters will have you feeling like you are making the journey through this world right along with them. And the ending… while I am not a fan of cliffhangers… this one is so perfectly done that it will have you dying to get your hands on the next book. Avery, Jaxon, Sari, Alice and the gang are all back. The Resistance has decided that Avery has to go back to Dome 4 to find out if the leader is in league with Xander in any way. More secrets are revealed and the group finds themselves in a fight for their lives to save the commoners of Dome 4 from a certain death from lack of oxygen. Not to mention that they are still fighting against Xander and his plans to take over and control the dome. Avery is still just as spunky as she was in book one. She never backs down from a fight to help to people that she cares about, even if they act like they don’t care whether she lives or dies. She’s pretty kick-ass. Her filter is broken… you know that one that goes from your brain to your mouth? Yea, she doesn’t have one it seems… so she’s pretty straight forward and tells you what’s on her mind. Jaxon is still just as swoon worthy as ever, and it seems that he and Avery are very much a couple now. Alice and Sari round out the cast of characters nicely. Sari, with all her tech-savvy brilliance and Alice is just as sweet and kind as ever. Legs is still around; he’s back inside Dome 4, but is he really on the side of the Resistance? And Dana with all her motherly adoration towards this group of young people. But what secrets does she hold? There are some pretty incredible revelations in this book and some shocking betrayals. I can’t wait to see where the third book leads us. This series has been amazing so far!
Much_Loved_Books More than 1 year ago
Iron Pendulum has been a long time coming, after finishing Steel Lily I had to read this, I NEEDED to know what would happen next, so I not so patiently waited, and when the opportunity arose to be part of the blog tour, I kept my fingers and toes crosses that I could participate. Iron Pendulum picks up after Steel Lily, with Avery, Sari, Jaxon, and Alice mapping the tunnels to try and find some weakness in the headquarters defences. Very quickly this group of friends find themselves in a whole lot of trouble, threatening the lives of themselves, and the ones they love. Going into Iron Pendulum I knew what to expect from Megan's writing, so I began reading as soon as I could, eager to discover what would happen next. Iron Pendulum is full of webs upon webs of secrets, mysteries, and lies. How Megan knew which was which, and who was who, and manage to get it all into the book to fit together seamlessly is beyond me, yet all of these make up a really interesting, thought provoking read. The twists and turns keep you guessing about what will happen, but also keeps you wondering who is on Avery's side and who isn't. Everyone has their own idea, their own goals they are striving for, and some of them will not be budged. As each new problem is thrown at them, some of the ingenious ways they figure it out is spectacular. Towards the end of Iron Pendulum we are suddenly faced with new problems, one of which broke my heart. We also discover who is really on Avery's side, and one revelation shocked me so much. I did not expect this person to betray Avery, and go against her ideas and plans to make it a better place, and if it were possible to reach into a book and grab someone by the neck, this person would definitely see my hand around their neck in a heartbeat. Iron Pendulum is full of adventure, mystery, romance, and also sadness, but every single chapter in this book makes a great read, and now the countdown is on for the next instalment. Maybe a bribe of virtual cookies will let me find out what happens to .......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Avery knows she has to go back to Dome Four. She promised she would be back and when she gets back she finds things have went even more down hill since she left. She is being blamed for the shortage of steam. Avery digs deep and finds out what is making the people sick and just how far it goes. Along with her friends she works to put a stop to the corruption. Another enemy seems to have plans for Dome Four as well. The people need a hero they can follow and Avery doesn't know if she is up to the challenge. She won't back down from her enemies and finds her and her friends in a lot more danger than she thought possible. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was glad to get to read this one. Avery has become so much stronger than when she first started. She has a boyfriend, great friends and wants to do the right thing. She knows things are bad in Dome Four and she feels bad for not going back sooner. In Dome Four she finds more are dying than ever. The governor seems to have plans for them and she just has to find out what. Avery never knows who to trust for sure and always has to watch her back. The governor wants to take her down but he wants to make a show of it first. Jaxon is right there with her and the two clearly belong together. I love seeing secrets about Jaxon come out in this book as well. There is so much that goes on in this action packed book I had a hard time putting it down for anything else in real life. I loved the intrigued of not knowing for sure who was on the right side. Legs kept me confused as to what side he was on like usually. This book has lots of twist I didn't see coming. There is also loss in this book and I hate to see just how far these people will go to get what they want. I have to say the ending left me dying for more as I have to know what next. I would recommend this to anyone who like a dystopian/ Steampunk book or just wants a great read.
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
INITIAL THOUGHTS To say I was impressed and flattered is an understatement for how I felt when I was approached to read this, the second book in The Periodic Series, and review it too.  I was really looking forward to catching up with Avery + Jaxon and their fledgling relationship as well as learning more about then Alliance (good guys) and the ever experimenting resistance ruled by Xander. MY REVIEW The cover of Iron Pendulum is really eye catching and really adds to theme created with the Steel Lily cover. The cogs and wheels are carried over and I'm looking forward to seeing the cover for bk 3 Copper Phoenix hopefully continuing with this great cover theme. Would the cover make me pick up the book from a book store shelf? Yes it certainly would, I think it gives the series a steampunk feel. The cogs are quite symbolic too of "things" within the plot all needing to fit together to reveal the larger picture/plot.  So Avery, Jaxon & Alice are going undercover and back into Dome 4 to find out what has changed. Sadly a lot has changed and it isn't for the better. The "normal" "Traditionals" side of the dome is even more rundown than before. If it is even possible their conditions have gotten worse. The governor, Lindroth appears to be rationing the Air Filtration, so it means the traditional's are needing to wear their masks more and more. The richer Elite side of the Dome don't appear to be short on power for the air filtration system and even if they were they have much more expensive superior masks to wear should the need arrive.The three teens find a place to stay with Dana and the youngsters she has taken in to love and protect when their own families cannot care or are no longer there to care for them. It was Dana that took in Avery when her parents disappeared. Avery's "talent"/element is as usual in much demand. Though it does seem that no matter how much power and steam she gives there is never enough to go around or even give a regular supply of clean air for the "traditional's" to breathe. In fact families are becoming ill due to the problem air they breathe in despite having their "protective" masks. Some of the children that Dana cares for are also getting sick and coughing up blood. Avery, Jaxon etc need to find out whats going on and what can be done to save the children and people that are dying.  Avery must infiltrate the governors departments so she sets herself back into the task of using her ability. The one who replaced her (Erin) becoming jealous and resentful of Avery's return. Governor Lindroth assigns his son Vincent to keep an eye on Avery, whilst Jaxon tries to get close to Erin and find out the truth about the Zeroes army. Both Avery and Jaxon want to find out if Lindroth and Xander have some sort of plan. Another character that features a lot in this installment of The Periodic Series is Legs, however there are a lot of questions as to where his loyalties really are. This book has lots of action, drama, conspiracy, betrayal, love of course and more! I really can't go into any more details than I have as you need to read the book for yourselves. The end was kind of and abrupt end but a great cliff hanger ending. I love the characters even more than when I initially met them in the Steel Lily. I also loved the fact that the Steel Lily was mentioned in this book. I like the idea and the description og the Iron Pendulum in this book and am seriously already anticipating who/what the Copper Phoenix will entail within it's pages. So did I enjoy the book? I'm being totally honest here, I truly loved it.Would I recommend the book? I do recommend this book, in fact I highly recommend this series. Would I want to read more of this series? Yes, please I'd love to read the Copper Phoenix as soon as it's available, please. Would I want to read other books by this author? I'd like to check out some of this authors other books too.
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars. Although I keep hearing dystopia is dead, I’m very that Megan Curd doesn’t agree. Iron Pendulum is the second book in her Periodic Series. I haven’t read the first one yet and was concerned that would be an issue, but it wasn’t. The author does a fabulous job of providing just as much of the backstory as necessary to keep up with  what happens in Iron Pendulum. And a lot happens. The book is full of action with a lot of unexpected twists. There are a few relationships that would probably be more meaningful if I’d read Book 1 first, but it didn’t prevent me from enjoying this fast-paced young adult novel that is part fantasy, part steampunk, and a whole lot of pulse-pounding adventure. Avery Pike is an elementalist, someone who can control the elements. Her specialty is creating steam which is used to provide oxygen to the inhabitants of Dome Four. Even though she generates enough steam in a matter of minutes to power the dome for a month, it disappears almost overnight. Add to that a deathly illness plaguing the Traditionals (non Elites), creepy zombie-like guards, and the erection of the iron pendulum that’s supposed to keep everyone safe, and things aren’t adding up. Avery and her friends try to find out what’s going on, save the lives of the Traditionals, and bring about a revolution. Like I said, action packed. Plot The plot is gripping and only slowed long enough to let me catch your breath, but just barely. There were a couple of areas that I thought didn’t seem plausible, but this is a fantasy, so I chose to ignore those and just enjoy the ride. Iron Pendulum is pure entertainment. It’s on the longish side at 335 pages, but it never drags. The author has created a fascinating world that is both dark and hopeful. And because of that, anything is possible, which means nothing is predictable. Characters The story is full of deep, complex, colorful, and nuanced characters that are easy to root for, to love, and even to loathe. Everyone from Jaxon, the sexy dreadlocked love interest and fellow rebel, to smart-mouthed, Christian house mother, Dana. I would love to get a peek a Vincent’s character bio. He’s the son of the Dome’s Governor Lindroth and is neither completely good nor bad, but is perfectly flawed to the point that he is believably human and infinitely fascinating. I had a hard time getting a sense of who Avery is, though. This might be where reading Book 1 first would have paid off. If I had, perhaps I would have had a better sense of who she is. Because she’s the narrator, I can’t tell if she’s deliberately holding herself back, or if the author spent so much time creating such an amazing cast of supporting characters that she forgot about Avery. Regardless, it works really well because it’s easy to step into her shoes and experience the novel as Avery. Bottom Line A unique story in the young adult dystopian genre with its elements of fantasy and a fun steampunk vibe. The characters are fresh and a setting so brilliantly crafted, it’s almost a character itself. Now I’m off to read Steel Lily, the first book in the series available now for just $0.99. Disclaimer I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure, I started this as part of a tour review and had to immediately put it down, What??? How could I??? Because there was no way I was going to wonder about the strength of book one and its background story! And now, both books pinging around in my brain, making me giddy for more, I can say without a doubt, Iron Pendulum by Megan Curd has carved a place in my YA dystopian heart! With a brilliant, foreboding and riveting style, Megan Curd took me storm with a pace that may be faster than a speeding bullet and writing that is more powerful than a locomotive. WWIII has decimated the world, mutations occur and some of the remaining survivors have received gifts that will help the world survive. Different gifts surface, some stronger than others, but one gifted young woman that stands out above the others, Avery. With her cohorts in this adventure, hot, handsome and awesome, Jaxon, Sari, the tekkie, and her best friend, Alice, who possesses no super skills, called a traditional. Now going undercover to aid the oppressed and discover what evil lurks in Dome 4, danger and drama are behind every turn. Deceit, distrust and the potential for failure is not only possible, but highly likely, making who to trust the question of the hour and survival slim. As the clock ticks, the countdown to success or failure is in its final moments. Megan Curd, you are brilliant! You are now up there with my favorite authors, who know how to blend good vs evil, deceit versus loyalty and heartbreaking moments with silly snark and humor. With a detailed world to enter and non-stop action from start to finish, Ms. Curd has taken a dystopian world, added fantasy and even demonstrated a possible result of Earth’s passion for bombing first and asking questions later.