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Author: Megan Curd
Pub Date: August 28th, 2014
Page Count: 285
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.
[Iron Pendulum] brought back beloved characters (I didn't even know I missed!) in an action packed second installment that is leaving me in anticipation for the third book. - Nova @ Out of Time
When I cracked the book open (figuratively), I was first a little confused. It's been more than a year since I read the first book. I needed a little time before the story came back. Because of this, I'm really glad that the beginning was very smooth and let me catch up to the story. Past points were reviewed in a way that seemed right for the situation, rather than redundantly repeating info. I think whether or not I had read the first book last year or right before reading this, I would've appreciated the subtle refresher.
The story starts off with a bang. Things are moving in the first chapters, which is good. By the time the first major event is over, I have a bit of time to think about what just went on. By then, my brain is fully caught up as I'm anticipating all that's happening next.
And that's what this story did; leave me waiting for the next event. I never could predict the future moves of our MC, not that I wanted to. I enjoy being twisted and messed with by a book, it captivates me. This book certainly did till the very end. (No joke, I'm having a hangover at this ending. SPOILER (highlight to read: She pulled a Julie Kagawa with the Eternity Cure with us!)
I enjoyed how developed these characters were. They came off the pages and walked in my dark room with only my iPod lighting up. I was charmed by Jaxon, feeling for Dana and Alice, humoured by Sari, annoyed with Erin, shocked with Legs and understanding with Avery. I felt it was so real and Megan really told the story well in Avery's (first) point of view.
What makes this story only 4.5 stars? Uh-oh, I hate bad news. This story focused on one idea that lead to a whole other. When the story started getting to the middle, I was a little bored. Nothing was really going on in terms of actions. There was a lot of speaking and them trying to figure out what was going on, which is fine because the characters seemed out of the loop, but it seemed to go on a while. Though it made sense, I felt like the story wasn't really progressing in the middle. Some parts were slower and the ending where it all counted, seemed a little too fast.
However, despite this, I had massive feels for this story. I believe that feeling the story is one of the most important parts in a book, so this is definitely a novel to remember.
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.