Review: ‘Skylark’ by Meagan Spooner

Review: ‘Skylark’ by Meagan SpoonerSkylark by Meagan Spooner
Series: Skylark #1
Published by Carolrhoda Lab on August 1st, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Young Adult
Pages: 344
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
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?

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A world where children manifest into their own magical powers, there are taken to be harvested. Their magic is taken from within and is used as a form of electricity and power. Lark decides to escape. With the help of someone who is like her, she goes outside of her domed city into the wilderness. Rumours of humans who eat other humans are out. They pillage and kill and eat human flesh. But that doesn’t stop Lark from seeking out answers. There are stories and legends about people in the West, and this is her task. To get there and find out if her brother is alive.

Ohh I enjoyed this one so much. It had exactly what I was looking for in a science fiction dystopian. And though it started out as a dystopian, what I got at the end was magic. This world is truly unique. A world where the children are mined for their magic and are given jobs within the city for the rest of their lives. It truly had the power of a controlled government that I always tend to enjoy reading about in novels. I love the journey that Lark goes through, and Spooner writes this in a way that is not bored or hurried. But in a manner that grips you and won’t let you go until the very end which ends up being a cliffhanger.

Though I enjoyed this one, I thought it was rather silly of Lark to constantly seek help from others when she herself is a strong character. I believe it’s one character arc that Spooner is weaving, so she appears vulnerable but has not come into her own well-being yet.

Lovely world, and beautiful writing, Skylark will keep you from turning that last page.

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One broken piece and the whole machine breaks down. We need you.
Do you never stop talking?
I can’t afford to need you. I can’t afford to need anyone.
I don’t care about what you might do; I only care about what you are to me.





  1. Megan McDade

    January 10, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    This sounds really good and I usually don’t like dystopian worlds too much!

    • giselle

      January 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM

      It was good! I like the mix of dystopian with magic

  2. Sophia Rose

    January 8, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    New to me, but definitely sounds appealing. Good to know about the cliff hanger.

    • giselle

      January 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM

      I really like my sci-fi dystopian books. But this one combined magical powers so even better

  3. Lola

    January 8, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    I hadn’t heard fo this one before, it sounds interesting! I don’t mind when characters ask other for help, I rather have that then when they don’t ask for help when they need it. The cobmination of magic and tehcnology sounds neat! Great review!

    • giselle

      January 8, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      Thanks Lola! This is from one of the authors who wrote THESE BROKEN STARS and SHATTERED WORLD!

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