Skylark by Meagan Spooner
Skylark Trilogy #1
Release Date: August 1st, 2012
Number of Pages: 344
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
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 was one of these books I had heard good things about, but hadn’t actually heard what it was about. I started this book thinking I would love it, sadly I didn’t. It was one of those books that simply didn’t work for me. It really took me forever to get into the story, and there were a lot of things I simply didn’t get. I had so many questions that were still left unanswered by the end of the book. I get that there is a sequel coming up, and that many questions will be answered in the next books, but those missing things really made it hard for me to get into the story. I almost gave up on this book a few times (something I almost never do), simply because I couldn’t connect with the world and the characters.
I wasn’t that the characters were horrible. I actually liked many of them. I just felt like the book was all over the place. I felt like we were given too many genres of books, but none of them amazingly done. The world was just lacking to me. I couldn’t picture it, I couldn’t really understand it. There were too many things lacking in its description for me to really be able to enjoy it.
Skylark ended being unmemorable to me. The book felt slow and a little boring by moments, which ended up with me not being able to remember much about the big events of the books (Thank god for notes. I wouldn’t know what to write if it wasn’t for that.
Overall, this book simply wasn’t for me. I know many readers really enjoyed it, but to me, it simply didn’t work. Hopefully, some will enjoy it, I simply wasn’t one of them.