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Skylark (Skylark #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,810 Ratings  ·  562 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Carolrhoda Lab
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May 24, 2012 Blythe rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
I don’t give out many one star ratings. (EDIT 7/21: Never mind. Ever since I started reading more 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 w
Kat Kennedy
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 no
Kat Kennedy
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 no
Aug 09, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
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? Wher
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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, a signed
Jan 05, 2016 Mimi rated it liked it
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
Stacey O'Neale
Jun 28, 2012 Stacey O'Neale rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle Dennis
Jan 20, 2012 Michelle Dennis rated it it was amazing
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 Amazon 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 surp ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Ferdy rated it it was ok

The 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 sh
Ornella (Nyx)
Jan 03, 2013 Ornella (Nyx) rated it really liked it
Shelves: abandoned-series
Ok, let's try this again.

4.5 Stars

Rounding 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 more 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
Jul 07, 2013 Freckles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2dystopia
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
Apr 06, 2012 Marsha rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Young Adults
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 lin
Apr 06, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
SKYLARK (YA) by Meagan Spooner

SKYLARK 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
Apr 18, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Divergent, Delirium, Hunger Games, etc
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 th
Apr 04, 2012 Thara rated it it was amazing
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 realiz ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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 more 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 environme
Mar 22, 2012 Felicity rated it it was amazing
I LOVED Skylark!!! and here's why...

From 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
Melissa Simmons
Nov 18, 2012 Melissa Simmons rated it it was amazing
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 e
Jasmine Rose
Aug 01, 2013 Jasmine Rose rated it it was amazing
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
Ptačí zpěv je nejpodivnější dystopie, co jsem kdy četla. Dumám, jestli to vůbec dystopie je. Ano, odehrává se ve světě poničeném válkami, s uzavřenými městy a se spoustou nenávisti. Mnohem víc je to ale příběh o kouzelném světě, kde funguje magie trochu jako elektřina. Příběh o světě, kde existuje spousta zajímavých udělátek , jako jsou bzučilky, kráčedla nebo zpívající papíroví ptáčci. Příběh někde mezi Akumulátorem(prostě nemůžu ten příměr nepoužít :)) a Pullmanovým Zlatým kompasem (který auto ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Anne rated it did not like it
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
Apr 22, 2012 Tenshii rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading Skylark and it was incedibly satisfying and left me wanting more. 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!
Dec 26, 2014 Jilly rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, fantasy
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 fin
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
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, a ...more
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
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
Lelia Taylor
Aug 09, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-reviews
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 more offerings I come across, the more 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.,
Nov 23, 2011 Melori rated it really liked it
Překvapivě osvěžující čtení, jsem zvědavá, jaká bude obálka, protože ten příběh je zároveň něžný i krutý. Dystopie s trochou magie, opravdu můžu doporučit všem, kdo se do žánru antiutopií zamiloval, protože přestože je to svým způsobem stále totéž, autorce se podařilo přidat něco originálního a neotřelého.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
A very strong, solid 3.5 stars.

There is a lot going on in Skylark - dystopia, post-apocalyptic, magic, AND steampunk - but Spooner makes it all come together pretty well, for the most part. A few unexpected twists and turns amp up the stakes, and it all reads easily and fast.
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Jun 11, 2012 Anna ( rated it it was amazing
Holy bejeezus this book. This was the first time in a long, long time that I experienced a total and amazing SURPRISE while reading a book. In a good way. I'm pretty sure I said OMGOMGOMG out loud for about 30 seconds at one point while reading. Yeah. Totally loved it!
Jodi Meadows
Feb 14, 2013 Jodi Meadows rated it it was amazing
Loved this one! The feelings! The agoraphobia! The worldbuilding! The PIXIE!!
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New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, S ...more
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“I don't want to be kept safe! I don't want to have someone constantly trying to keep me from tripping on my own incompetence. I want to live in a world where I know the rules, where people are just people. Not one where they keep trying to eat me. That's the reason I left the city in the first place. I don't want to be kept, not by anyone.” 16 likes
“Vis in magia, in vita vi.” In magic there is power, and in power, life.” 2 likes
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