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Skylark 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 t

  • Title: Skylark
  • Author: Meagan Spooner
  • ISBN: 9780761388654
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Skylark By Meagan Spooner, 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 nightmarishSixteen 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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    1. Sky lark is the most tech ni cally pro fi cient and well written novel that I ve ever strug gled to fin ish No doubt Spooner is an author to watch.The world build ing of Sky lark is both imag i na tive and rich It has a fas ci nat ing back story set in a dan ger ous and vivid world By the end of the novel I was rather attached to the char ac ters and invested in Lark s and Oren s strug gles I cheered them on and felt a lit tle heart pal pi ta tion at the impos si bil ity of their circumstances.Y [...]

    2. I don t give out many one star ratings EDIT 7 21 Never mind Ever since I started reading books in the YA genre I ve been giving plenty of one star ratings When I wrote this review, though, a one star rating was rare from me Now Not so much So Congratulations, Skylark I reward you with a single, lonely, star You should be honored of your crappiness Just so you know, I did not finish this book, but I made it up to 53%, which I think is an accomplishment, given how much this book was a struggle to [...]

    3. Skylark is the most technically proficient and well written novel that I ve ever struggled to finish No doubt Spooner is an author to watch.The world building of Skylark is both imaginative and rich It has a fascinating backstory set in a dangerous and vivid world By the end of the novel I was rather attached to the characters and invested in Lark s and Oren s struggles I cheered them on and felt a little heart palpitation at the impossibility of their circumstances.Your enjoyment of this novel [...]

    4. Combining magic, science fiction, and a scary futuristic setting, Skylark is original in its concept that brings forth a dark, twisted world where magic, and monsters, run rampant.I was wary at first because I wasn t sure how well the mix of dystopian and magic would mingle, but I found myself quite captivated by it all, though this did not happen right away At the very start there s a lot of confusion when it comes to the world building What exactly is this harvesting and why is it done Where d [...]

    5. Read This Review More Like It At Ageless Pages ReviewsWon from thebooksmugglers I ll admit, I d heard nothing, seen nothing, and had no knowledge of Skylark until someone retweeted Meagan Spooner s Sky s the Limit contest, in which every entrant would win a prize I, being a sucker for free stuff, entered and the author herself tweeted me a list of other contests she was running to promote the novel I entered those too and won a prize pack from thebooksmugglers, a signed hardcover, bookmark, post [...]

    6. I first heard about this book at BEA Book Expo America One of my blogger friends snagged the ARC Well, when she told me she stayed up reading until 5AM, I knew this was a book I had to read The publisher approved my Netgalley request, and I read it the next day.Skylark grabbed me from page one and never let go Poor Lark lives her whole life feeling rejected because she was never chosen for harvest When the day finally comes, she discovers why And, hold crap is all I can really say about that The [...]

    7. Overall pretty good and entertaining , although I felt that there was just to much of lark just describing her Whole surrounding s , which that was quite boring I really wanted to love it but I just couldn t I didn t feel that much connection to the characters Oren was great how he wanted to protect lark from the dark ones , and then there was the twist at the end that just sucked me back into the whole story , but I don t believe I will be reading the next book just didn t really do it for me 3 [...]

    8. Skylark was unexpected and enthralling But before I talk about what I like about it, I think I should mention what it s not I ve read a lot of fantasy in the past about an rainforest worth and you can sometimes find the plotlines and the worlds a little formulaic In many of these tomes, a character is introduced, and immediately you can categorise them as hearthrob, or the secretly evil guy, or the guy who will redeem himself only to die in the last scene This book constantly surprised me but in [...]

    9. SpoilersThe city Lark Ainsley lives in is surrounded by a wall powered by the Resource magic of its citizens The Resource is Harvested at a very young age at the city s Institute Lark has never been Harvested because she has no Resource magic Everyone else her age has already been stripped of their magic and have done their part in powering the city When Lark is chosen to be Harvested, she s shocked to find that she is a Renewable and able to regenerate her innate powers everytime she s stripped [...]

    10. Ok, let s try this again.4.5 StarsRounding up since the only reason I didn t like it was cause I m still undecided whether I like the MC or not I ll explain later The story is great, a dystopian world which relies on magic to sustain it The imagery was excellent, I felt like I was there with her in the forest, the city, the Iron Wood, on those pockets of magic The characters were all believable I loved Nix, greatest pixie queen ever Never liked Kris from the start of the book, he cares for her [...]

    11. rikam si dneska pujdu brzo rozumej opravdu dneska, cili pred pulnoci spat, a odkladan to ve dvou tretinach dokud to jeste jde houby o pul hodiny pozdeji jsem rozsvitila a docetla to tak ted uz snad usnu.kdyz v noci se cte nejlip D

    12. SKYLARK YA by Meagan SpoonerSKYLARK is the anticipated August 2012 new release from author Meagan Spooner SKYLARK is a Young Adult novel written in both the utopian and dystopian genre of literature Exploring both the political and social structures of a post apocalyptic nightmare, SKYLARK divided into three sections follows 16 year old Lark Ainsley and her endeavor to discover who and what she is The world as she has been taught, is not the world she will come to know There is a lot of backgrou [...]

    13. I wanted to wait a little to write this review so I could get my bearings right on this one This is my first 3 star review in awhile and I m kinda in the middle with it This series is about a girl named Lark, who seems to live in a future dystopian type of world where they have powers, or magic or whatever, and at a certain time in their life, everyone is harvested to have the magic taken away and put in their jobs they ll work I m super confused from the beginning because nothing really told yo [...]

    14. Skylark by Megan Spooner is a story of one girl s courageous journey to save herself and those she loves Her determination not to believe the sweetness covering the lies and deceit or that Monsters can t be cured is part of what makes this character a great heroine.An incredibly visual story, stunning in it s distrubing yet hopeful version of the future A world both breathtakingly beautiful and terrifyingly horrific at the same time A world where trusting yourself may be the most important thing [...]

    15. Skylark starts out with a familiar dystopian setup heroine Lark is disillusioned of her society s means of serving the common good and sets out on a journey to escape and take down her government As the heroine leaves her home, the story itself leaves a lot of the dystopian elements behind and becomes a quiet, survival story with elements of fantasy world building sprinkled throughout A bulk of Skylark takes place in the wild, a stark contrast from the magic and machine powered environment Lark [...]

    16. When I first read the summary for Skylark I thought, Wow, what an original concept However, no matter how unique the storyline, the writing just did not deliver.Lark Ainsley has been passed over for harvesting her resource year after year You see, in this dystopian society, the magical powers of children are tapped to power the city Finally, when her time comes, Lark finds out that what will happen to her is not what she was taught It is all a big lie and her life is very much on the line Sounds [...]

    17. From its very first image of an eerie mechanical sunrise, SKYLARK draws the reader into a gritty fantasy world where nothing is as it seems Lark is a protagonist who is easy to relate to all she has wanted is to become a normal adult in her weird, captivating clockwork magic city As the story and the world further unfold around her, Lark reacts and grows believably, dragging the reader into a tale of intrigue, danger, and discovery It is a pleasure to follow her as she slowly comes to realize th [...]

    18. I LOVED Skylark and here s whyFrom the beginning it felt like the sort of book that I would love to curl up on a couch with under a blanket, you know that feeling when a book feels like an old friend Partly due to the lovely descriptive style of writing and partly due to the beginning reminding me of Obernewtyn which I read many years ago and loved Though there were times when Skylark soon made me feel a bit squeamish inside When I thought I had Skylark pegged I know what s going to happen it tu [...]

    19. Trigger warnings violence, loss of a sibling, torture 3.5 stars I was reeeeeeally interested to read this one, because I ve only read the books that Meagan Spooner has cowritten with Amie Kaufman and I was intrigued to see how her solo writing compared As a concept This was pretty stinking cool It s basically a blend of dystopian and fantasy A world where people have magic, but where the government harvests that magic from you in order to maintain society s reliance on mod cons A world where out [...]

    20. Lark is different She is called late, to the institute Then has her magic harvested only to have it return and have it harvested again And again By the time Lark realizes her gift is truly a curse, she is a prisoner Her only hope is to escape the city wall and brave the world into which her brother disappeared A world where magic is trapped in pockets of nightmare, people are warped into monsters, and survival may require than Lark is prepared to accept.Skylark is YA dystopian sci fi fantasy I [...]

    21. Lind je patn ct let a v , e je divn Pro by si ji jinak u d vno neodvedli na kouzlobran V dy i mlad d ti u u n j d vno byli a v d , jakou pozici budou ve spole nosti zast vat Jen Linda po d nic.U pomalu za n ztr cet nad ji, e by na ni opravdu do la ada, m s c co m s c se sna vloupat do koly a p e st si seznam d t , kter maj b t odvedeny Jen e ani te to nevypad , e by se na ni kone n usm lo t st Jej jm no na seznamu nen.Pro pro ni ale dal den nechaj poslat z stavu dro ku, aby ji odvedla na kouzlob [...]

    22. Personally could not finish this book I really wanted to like Skylark, but it was too hard.We spend the first 25% of the book with Lark inside the Wall as she s being harvested and eventually escapes It s not quite a spoiler, since it s obvious in these stories the MC gets out and explores the big bad world beyond the Wall.But Gosh, this world was hard to believe and stomach The prose was strange and bumbling, which I couldn t quite swallow.You have a weird mish mash of an enclosed city that run [...]

    23. I ve read a lot of just good and pretty meh books lately and let me tell you, Skylark was a breath of fresh air This is the book I ve been waiting for and silly me didn t pick it up until now.Man, I just don t even know where to start because Skylark is just this explosion of awesomeness packed in between two covers There s just enough action and suspense to keep me glued to the pages without being overwhelming The little and big mysteries of the world and the story are subtly weaved in so it do [...]

    24. Skylark, Meagan Spooner s debut novel is a chilling dystopian story set in a war ravaged world where magic is a very important commodity to possess 16 year old Lark is considered an anomaly in her society not yet harvested and made useful She keeps to herself and ignores the taunts as children years younger than her are brought to the Institute where their Resource is taken to help keep their city running.The story is told from the point of view of our main character, Lark Her narrative is exqui [...]

    25. Pta zp v je nejpodivn j dystopie, co jsem kdy etla Dum m, jestli to v bec dystopie je Ano, odehr v se ve sv t poni en m v lkami, s uzav en mi m sty a se spoustou nen visti Mnohem v c je to ale p b h o kouzeln m sv t , kde funguje magie trochu jako elekt ina P b h o sv t , kde existuje spousta zaj mav ch ud l tek , jako jsou bzu ilky, kr edla nebo zp vaj c pap rov pt ci P b h n kde mezi Akumul torem prost nem u ten p m r nepou t a Pullmanov m Zlat m kompasem kter autorka ostatn zmi uje i v pod ko [...]

    26. Just finished reading Skylark and it was incedibly satisfying and left me wanting There were definitely a number of plot twists that I wasn t expecting and while some left me happy, some also left me feeling quite sad The descriptions of each of the worlds the Lark discovers are colourful and vibrant and sometimes terribly frightening It was a beautiful read It will definitely be a long wait for the 2nd book

    27. I have one complaint to make about this book I waited much too long to read it so, yes, I m complaining about myself.Dystopia has become a frequent theme of fantasy or science fiction, whichever genre you prefer to say , particularly in the young adult arena, and the offerings I come across, the I think are just average at best The same thing happens with all fiction fads Remember the early days of the badass female supernatural, whether she be vampire, werewolf, demon hunter, etc etc Those fi [...]

    28. Meagan Spooner has hit the nail on the head with this book It has the originality that everyone craves for in the YA genre with so many dystopian and paranormal books being released the concept makes it standout like nothing else could.The idea of a government that uses the Harvest as a rite of passage for children to pass into adulthood following with the rest of their lives is very interesting I should mention that the Harvest is when children are stripped of their magic which then goes to pow [...]

    29. An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.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 The [...]

    30. Part dystopian, part magic fantasy, but very familiar storyline The story of a dystopian society that is harvesting magic from children at a certain age in order to run their domed city Magic is their source of electricity and everyone has some in them The world outside the dome is a scary, dark, and ruined place don t they all say that , so they are stuck with the oppressive rulers of their dome ship.Lark is a late bloomer, her brother has disappeared again, very familiar , and she is finally a [...]

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