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Skylark by Meagan Spooner

Sunday, June 24, 2012

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?

Goodreads Summary

 Meagan Spooner wrote an entirely unique, original book. Lark Ainsley’s world runs like clockwork and is powered by magic. Each person is a cog in the perfectly running machine that is kept alive by magic Harvested from younger citizens. The Harvest is considered a rite of passage to adulthood, and Lark is excited when her name is finally called. Lark’s Harvest is unusual though, and repeated (all citizens are only to be Harvested once) after she answers some questions and takes a few tests. At this point, Lark realizes that she is a Renewable, someone who generates their own magic. Lark then learns a horrible secret; Renewables are enslaved and forced to painfully power the city nonstop. If Lark wants to avoid that fate, she must escape and leave the only home she has ever known if she has any hope of surviving and finding safety.
Lark is a likable heroine. She is naïve, but tough and a good friend. Lark braves the war- ravaged land outside the city and tries to understand her gift. Spooner does a great job with description and detail. I felt like I was walking next to Lark everywhere she went, seeing and hearing everything she did. Another significant skill Megan Spooner has was the ability to foreshadow events without giving them away. I could feel anticipation building, but was never certain of how the events would playout. I really enjoyed reading Skylark and highly recommend this book to readers over the age of fourteen of either gender. This book could be appreciated by anyone and earns five out of five stars from me.

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*

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  1. HOLY SHIZ. THAT BOOK SOUNDS AWESOME. Human battery? Already love it.

  1. Cool idea! Magic that powers the city. But sucks for Lark to be Renewable! A guess they enslave a bunch of them to be the big energy sources. I love tough heroines.

  1. Thanks for your review of Skylark. I knew from that first sentence, the one with the words "unique" and "original", that I would be reading this book as soon as it is released. The premise of the book definitely captured my attention, and I think the cover is really beautiful. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I am glad I won't miss out on a Live to Read 5 star book!

  1. Lili said...:

    Honestly, this premise seems beyond interesting. A world that runs like clockwork because all humans that are living are the cogs is beyond original! I've seen several reviews about this book. While you're the only 5 star review I've seen, I have seen some other really high reviews and I think I'm gonna check this book out!

  1. This one sounds so different and amazing!!! Great review! :)

  1. Cannot wait to read this book!

  1. I tried to get this book from Netgalley but they wouldn't give it to me :( Maybe I'll just buy it. Sounds good.

  1. good review. I got the book via netgalley, now I will definitely read