Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Skylark by Megan Spooner



Skylark (Skylark, #1)
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?


Skylark by Meagan Spooner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Skylark (Skylark, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Lerner Publishing Group and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Lark Ainsley lives in a bubble - a violet/silver dome which encapsulates ’the city’ in which she lives. At the age of roughly 12, children are ‘harvested’, and then given the job that they will do during their adult life. ‘Harvesting’ involves taking the child’s innate magic (or resource), and using it to power the clockwork of the city.
Lark is unusal in that she is 16 and still hasn’t been harvested, everyone assumes that she’s a dud, but when her name is eventually called, she finds the exact opposite to be true. Lark is a ‘renewable’, every time the ‘machine’ removes her magic, her body recreates it. Renewables are very rare and very valuable, and Lark finds that they plan to wire her up with glass tubes, and drain magic from her forever.
Knowing that her only chance is to escape, Lark makes a break for it. She was taught at school that the world outside the dome was inhospitable though, and she has no idea how to survive on her own, never mind how to deal with the ferocious beasts that live beyond the boundary.
How long can Lark really expect to last on her own outside of the dome? And is there really a place where people like her can live free from the machines of the city?

This was an okay read. I personally found it a little dull until towards the end, but it did have its merits. The world building was well thought out, and I honestly didn’t know who Lark should trust and who she shouldn’t trust, although I think I would have trusted far fewer people than Lark did.

I disliked the people of ‘the city’, and the way they used the renewables like batteries. It was generally a pretty nasty place with the way they ‘harvested the resource’, and Lark’s own brother’s reaction towards her was enough to put me off him for life. No such thing as ‘blood is thicker than water’ where he’s concerned.

I did predict some of the twists but not all of them, and the finale at the end was definitely the best part of the book. The ending also left me curious as to what will happen in the next book, and I suspect that now that the scene has been set, the next book in the series will be better.

Overall; worth a read if you like dystopian/fantasy stories.
7 out of 10.


   

I'm slightly confused because Netgalley and Amazon.co.uk say that this book was released on October 1st, while Goodreads and Amazon.com say August 1st! So apologies to the author and publisher if you were expecting the review for this book sooner!

2 comments:

  1. OMG, I so wanted this book too. the Publisher denied me through netgalley, :( But that's okay, I am happy you kind of enjoyed it. I don't like that it's dull until the end, but the concept still appeals to me. I still might pick it up.

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  2. I love the cover art! Don't feel bad bad Jen... I was kicked to the curve as well. Sarah just has that wit and charm about her....

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