Skylark - Meagan Spooner

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Skylark - 
Meagan Spooner
Released: August 1 2012
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab

Synopsis: "Sixteen-year-old Lark Ainsley has never seen the sky.

Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two hundred years the city has sustained this barrier by harvesting its children's innate magical energy when they reach adolescence. When it’s Lark’s turn to be harvested, she finds herself trapped in a nightmarish web of experiments and learns she is something out of legend itself: a Renewable, able to regenerate her own power after it’s been stripped.

Forced to flee the only home she knows to avoid life as a human battery, Lark must fight her way through the terrible wilderness beyond the edge of the world. With the city’s clockwork creations close on her heels and a strange wild boy stalking her in the countryside, she must move quickly if she is to have any hope of survival. She’s heard the stories that somewhere to the west are others like her, hidden in secret—but can she stay alive long enough to find them?"

What it's about: Lark's world is turned upside down when she finds out she is different from all the other people in her city and the Institute want to keep her locked up. She has to go outside the wall in search of others like her.

What I thought: This book was fantastic! Lark is sixteen years old when she finally gets chosen for Harvest. Despite all the teasing she has gotten, it's finally her turn to find out where she fits in. This Dystopian world, where everyone gets stripped of their Resource (or magic) before they hit their teenage years and get selected for a job they have for the rest of their life was so well created, it was sad we didn't get to see much of it. However outside the wall was so interesting, if it wasn't for the constant reminders of back inside the city, I think I might have forgotten all about it. Outside the Wall, it's dangerous. Despite being cannibals lurking around every corner, Lark experiences so much more than she ever would have in the city. All the characters were so well created, I couldn't help but fall in love with all of them - Except Caesar and Gloriette of course. I highly recommend this for all lovers of dystopian, magic, and fantastically written novels.

the good: The amazing twists towards the end absolutely shocked me, I totally didn't see them coming! Plus, I felt like I was constantly beside Lark, feeling what she felt.

the bad: I felt the start was slow for me, and my attention began to wane. I had to get through about 70 pages before my interest really picked up.


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Claire Blennerhassett

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  1. glad you had patience to go further to read. great review

  2. Your review has me more interested in Skylark, I wasn't expecting cannibals or clockwork creatures, it sounds really interesting.

  3. Great review. I will have to see if I can get this one. You've peeked my interest.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  4. This sounds really cool - definitely my kind of thing :)

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