Skylark by Meagan Spooner


First Look:

It’s way overdesigned, and the only thing that has anything to do with anything is the forest. Actually, the cheap-looking cover kind of turned me off, only my friend Sara (with whom I agree on many taste issues) told me I would like it.

Jacket Copy:

Vis in magia, in vita vi.

In magic there is power, and in power, life.

For fifteen years, Lark Ainsley waited for the day when her Resource would be harvested and she would finally be an adult. After the harvest she expected a small role in the regular, orderly operation of the City within the Wall. She expected to do her part to maintain the refuge for the last survivors of the Wars. She expected to be a tiny cog in the larger clockwork of the city.

Lark did not expect to become the City’s power supply.

For fifteen years, Lark Ainsley believed in a lie. Now she must escape the only world she’s ever known…or face a fate more unimaginable than death.

[From the author’s website.  The jacket copy on Goodreads makes it sound like a completely different book.]


Yes, the sequel is due out in October.  It looks like that cover will be equally dreadful.

Worth Reading?


Yes.  I love dystopia, so if it’s not poorly written, I will probably always say yes, but although some of the setup is familiar, there are a few new twists that change the shape of the story.

Notable Things:


It’s not a spoiler, because it’s an accepted fact of Lark’s world.  But you guys…the city is run off the magical energy of people.  That is cool and creepy…especially when you find out some details about the system.


Zombies–sort of.  There are monsters that are kind of like zombies, but not traditional zombies–to elaborate further would spoil some things.


Dystopia!  I can’t help it, I still love ’em.


Although regular dystopia readers will recognize several elements (the Big War Before, the Dome of Safety, etc.), keep on, because there are some real differences in this world.  I really loved the way science and magic were both present, and one even powered the other!  At times, Lark’s journey seems too meandering, but that only bothers me if there’s no goal in sight.  The writing style was mostly smooth and unobtrusive, if not thrillingly unique.  I am really, really interested in what happens next, considering how things were left.  Skylark isn’t perfect, but I still enjoyed it.


Borrowed, because I am poor and live in a small apartment.


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