Skylark (Skylark Trilogy Series #1)

Skylark (Skylark Trilogy Series #1)

by Meagan Spooner


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761388654
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Series: Skylark Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 739,671
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the 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, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there's a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Northern Virginia, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there's no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

You can visit her online at

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Skylark 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KimberlySouza More than 1 year ago
“Skylark” by, Meagan Spooner. Lark Ainsley has grown up in a place where magic is real and it controls everything. This magic is called resource and it’s harvested from the citizens to help run the city. The story begins with Lark finding out that it’s her turn to be harvested and assigned a career. Lark is very excited and can’t wait to start her adult life. The citizens are born with a certain amount of resource and consequently are only harvested once. However there are rumors of renewables, special people who are born with resource that doesn’t run out. When Lark realizes that she is a renewable her life becomes a frightening fight for survival. I want to start by saying that this book gripped me from the first page. Meagan Spooner’s storytelling is magical and gritty. I had a few moments where I had to put the book down and just take a breath because the story was so intense. I struggled right along with Lark as she traveled through a world that terrified her at every turn. While fleeing, Lark meets Oren, a wild boy that is drawn to Lark and reluctantly decides to help her. Oren has been alone for a very long time and Lark makes him feel normal again. He is afraid to need her but he is undeniably drawn to her. Lark learns from Oren and through him she finds a new strength and purpose. The world building in this story is wonderful! “Skylark” is a perfect blend of fantasy and dystopian writing. I have read and loved many books but not all of them make me want to take a sick day just so I can stay home and read. This book did! It would freak me out to have to live in this world but I can’t wait for the next book in this series so I can revisit it from the safety of my bed. Meagan Spooner is amazing and is a great addition to my favorite’s shelf.
AmieKaufman More than 1 year ago
This beautiful, unique story is pure magic. The prose draws you in and weaves an incredible world, but the book doesn't dwell too long in description. Skylark draws you along and never lets you rest. Often dark, sometimes shocking, stunning the whole way through, this book will stay with you. Lark is a fantastic protagonist -- she doesn't charge out of the gate ready to kick ass and take names. Instead, she's determined, but has almost none of the skills she needs to survive in the world she's entered. While sometimes a helpless heroine can drive you mad, in this case Lark's far more annoyed than we could ever be about her lack of survival skills, and fights to improve and save herself. She learns as much about herself as she does about the world around her -- she's been told lies about both. The world is rich, and Lark's journey as she comes into her own is like nothing I've ever read. The supporting characters are wonderful, each of them fully developed -- I can't WAIT to see more of some of them in the sequel, as I'm sure I will. As for the ending... well, there's not much I can say, but I've rarely, if ever, been caught out by a twist like I was this time! I'd say 'be prepared', but I guarantee you won't be!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book since i am a fan of dystopian books. Skylark is different because it adds a steampunk environment. Lark is a strong female heroine but not with the same effect as Katniss. My favorite character, however, isNix. Nix just adds a nice vibe to this book. The author doesnt go into much detail about Harvesting but that is okay. She makes up for it with amazing description about Lark surviving outside the wall. Overall, I give Skylark 5 stars because I had to read it over and over again to be appealed. I mean that as a good thing. I would recomend this book to anyone. I cannot wait for the rest of this series!!!!!!!!
KaribbeanIsland1 More than 1 year ago
**3.5 Stars** MY OVERVIEW: I have no idea where this book takes place. It seemed like it was supposed to be earth in the future, and when everyone has magic… but there is so much that is wrong with that. The pre-war method of transportation was horse and carriage. This seems a little outdated even for a world that was full of magic. PROS: OMG! I love Nix!!! I want it so bad! For a pixie who is just a program, he really builds up such a fantastic personality. I can’t wait to see more of him in the next book. CONS: There were a lot of times where you really didn’t know what was going on. Especially when Lark is still in the city. I also didn’t understand how the magic thing happened to Lark at the end (not giving spoilers cause it is a big one), but I can just say that her magic didn’t really make a lot of sense through the whole book. MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Ok, the twist with Oren at the end… did not see that coming. I won’t give any spoilers, but it really makes you stop and think, “What if?”. I look forward to reading the next book.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Meagan Spooner has crafted a story and a world that just flies above so many similar books available today. No, “similar” is not the right word because it really isn’t anything like any other. First of all, we have a heroine who isn’t particularly strong in temperament or physique and she isn’t on a quest to save her world. She is, in fact, running away from what appears to be a dismal, horrifying fate and her only thoughts in the beginning are for herself. Actually, she isn’t always very smart and does some pretty dumb things. How refreshingly natural! Despite that, she doesn’t indulge in much self-pity and, brave enough to try to get herself out of the destiny others would decree for her, she forges on through all sorts of terrors and deprivations. Her journey to find safe haven in Iron Wood becomes one of self-discovery and, out of necessity, this teen matures beyond her years. Many of her childhood illusions will vanish like a wisp of smoke but magic is still all around and the future she’s seeking may not turn out the way she imagines. Perhaps best of all, Lark recognizes her own shortcomings and fiercely wants to be competent enough to take care of herself. Second, no insta-love. You know what I mean if you read today’s young adult fantasy and science fiction and you can rejoice that it isn’t to be found in Skylark. Yes, there are hints and even some attachment, but Lark doesn’t fall madly for the handsome dude (which one?) who may or may not love her back. Perhaps that will come in the next book but that will be okay because it means Lark has waited more than a nanosecond to let the hormones take over. Then there are the other characters, main and secondary. We meet the potential love interests, Oren and Kris, both of whom harbor secrets and still manage to be intensely appealing. The Architects control the City and are led by the Harvest Administrator, a woman who is oily and smarmy and as unfeeling as they come but still somehow intriguing. Friends Dorien and Tansy show Lark what humanity should be all about and Nix, a mechanical pixie that looks and acts something like a bug but can communicate, is one of the most original and loveable characters I’ve ever come across. Ms. Spooner‘s worldbuilding is among the best I’ve seen. While we don’t yet know much about the magic wars that destroyed previous societies, the crafting of Lark’s world and what is outside the force field enclosing her city is meticulous. Much is left to the reader’s imagination but, at the same time, the details we learn through Lark’s eyes and intellect take us along the journey with Lark. Her fear of the sky she has never seen before comes across as though that fear were alive and only a good writer can create that kind of reader empathy. Another surprise is the combination of a kind of steampunk with a sort of faery element, a zombie-like threat and a large dose of magic. Taken by themselves, each of those is seemingly only a small part of the story but, taken together, they’re of huge importance. The result of all this is a story that mesmerizes and chills the soul at one and the same time. Is it fantasy, science fiction, maybe even mystery? It’s all of those , really, and trying to label it would be shortsighted. Twists and betrayals, promises and friendships abound and a truth is revealed at the end that is, quite simply, breathtaking. If I still had my bookstore, I’d ask this wonderful author to trek a couple of hours down the road for a visit that would have thrilled our customers but that’s not going to happen so I’ll just have to tell everyone who’ll listen to READ THIS BOOK!.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
When I read the synopsis for Skylark I was immediately drawn to this dystopian type fantasy. I am delighted to tell you that it delivered a magical, dark dystopian world with a touch of steampunk. Spooner’s depiction of this world was refreshingly original with fleshed-out characters and a tale that kept me reading through the night. I will be honest; the beginning however fascinating was a little rough for me. Rather than laying out the world in detail, Spooner has us learning as the protagonist does. This little speed bump was soon over as I dove into the story. We meet Lark Ainsley as she makes her way through the tunnels leading to her school. She is sneaking in to see if her name has been selected for Harvest Day. Does this sound eerily familiar to the very popular Hunger Games? Fear not because that is where the similarity ends. When she is discovered by a pixie-bot, she accidently uses her magic and kills it. Use of magic is forbidden within the city. Shaken she returns home only to discover she has been selected and is quickly taken to the city's institute. Once at the institute she is scheduled for harvesting. Lark soon discovers that thinks aren't as they seem, and that the institute has horrific plans for her. The tale that unfolds kept me completely spellbound as Spooner took me to a world I will not soon forget. Lark Ainsley is brave, strong willed and snarky. She faces challenges head on and questions the world before her with such believability that she came to life on the pages. Despite her fears of the unknown she moves forward in her quest. I connected with Lark and felt like I experienced every emotion with her. Oren is raw, wild at times and complex. I eventually fell for this soft spoken, sensitive, quirky young man. We learn bits and pieces of his back-story giving an air of mystery to him. I adored Nix and laughed at her comments and loved her loyalty. She holds her own rightful place in this tale and I thoroughly enjoyed her. Kris is the son of the ambassador to the institute and he helps Lark. We never really know him but this adds to the mystery. Other characters added to the tale, creating suspense. I loved that even the secondary characters felt fleshed out and added to this gripping tale. The world-building in Skylark is absolutely breathtaking. Spooner brings us a fascinating dystopian world unlike any I have visited. With only the power of her pen she brought this world to life. As I read, I could see this world unfolding before me and instantly connected with Lark as we both met it for the first time. Spooner slowly reveals this world and provides some back history. The Institute and sealed city was interesting and how the city survived fascinated me. The world outside of the city was absolutely amazing and Spooner’s depiction held me captive. The pockets of magic, the house in the woods were brilliant. The creatures Lark encounters were terrifying. One of the things I loved about this book was the way the author took elements of steampunk, fantasy, dystopia and other genres and wove them into such a delightful, believable and original tale. It is clear she has a true understanding of these genres and successfully integrated elements of each. Skylark completely blew my mind and I cannot wait for the next book in this series. Fans of fantasy, dystopia and magic will love this tale. I want to thank the publisher and netGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After 15 years of waiting, Lark has finally be chosen to be harvested, a process whereby her resource (magic) would be taken away and she would become an adult. However, from the moment she was taken she sensed that something was wrong. She soon discovers that she is a renewable, one able to replenish their source. The city has decided to use her as a power source, hooking her into a machine like a battery. Lark escapes from the city and finds herself on a journey into the unknown.Overall I thought this was an outstanding book. Lark was very likable and easy to understand. She had depth and personality which any teenager will be able to relate to. The plot was interesting and the myriad of twists and turns were not predictable. Highly recommended.
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Skylark by Meagan Spooner Book One of the Skylark series Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab Publication Date: August 1, 2012 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the author Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: Overall, I feel like I enjoyed this book. This book came highly recommended to me over a year ago, with it's paranormal dystopian premise, hint of romance, and gorgeous cover. I found that while this book has all of those things, I didn't love the story. There were a lot of things that I liked about the story, but I didn't love it. Lark has always felt a bit left out in her society - she has been harvested, like all the other children her age. But, one year, the current year, it is her turn yet again to be harvested, and she does it - she gets harvested. But it isn't what she seems. She is harvested to be a like a Renewable - as the summary says, a human battery. I'm confused about the harvesting thing, and the Renewable thing, but I kept reading the book, despite my confusion. As I was reading, I noticed that I didn't really connect with Lark, unfortunately. She's definitely not the brightest Young Adult heroine, and while I understand why her survival instincts are razor sharp, I still think that she has a little more brain space than what she uses. But anyway. The book is broken up into several parts. One, Lark is in her city, and she has been harvested. She finds herself in a hospital-like environment, and she cannot remember much of what happens to her while in this place. She finds herself exhausted and weak, brainwashed and in constant pain. This part of the book, to me, was extremely boring. It just went on and on and there was no point in reading it, because we know that Lark will get out of there. The next part takes place out of the city. Here, she must learn to survive and not get killed, and not get recaptured by her city's officials, who are looking for her. Lark makes some discoveries while outside her city. She basically doesn't know nature. She has never seen the sky. Also, there are pockets are magic everywhere. I didn't understand that part, either, with the magic, but I'm rolling with it. The last part takes place in the Iron Wood. I'm not going to say much on this part, because the climax occurs in this part of the book. I actually cannot remember much, specifically, which is bad, because that means the author didn't do a good enough job of wow-ing me with the plot. There is a kind-of love triangle in this book. To be honest, I have no idea what Ms. Spooner is doing with the romance. By the end of the book, Lark is confused, and I am confused, in terms of the romance. I enjoyed this book, but the plot, climax, and ending confused me, so I really can't say much about those things. The ending isn't super jolly, but it isn't morbid either. I'll be reading the second book to find out more about Lark and her abilities! Hopefully the second book will clear up things for me.  What I Did Not Like: I think my biggest problem with this book is that I was confused a lot, while reading the book. I read this book back in August, when I was still home (I hadn't moved into college yet), so I wasn't rushed into reading this one, and I took my time. That didn't help me understand this book any more than if I had rushed through it. I feel like Ms. Spooner did an excellent job of building the world and characters of this book, but not a great job explaining situation after situation. I still don't quite understand Lark's former society, or the Iron Wood. I don't really understand what Lark is, or what she thinks she is. I don't really understand the role of Oren, or the other boy (whose name I cannot remember at all). Each character has a specific role to play in the book, and maybe I'm just not seeing them, or maybe as readers, we aren't supposed to yet, but I feel like some characters weren't necessary, or didn't seem important.  For example, the people from Lark's city? They're portrayed as villains, but I don't understand why they're so preoccupied with Lark escaping. They make her seem like she is soooo important, and then they make her feel like she is worthless. Towards the end, I feel like Ms. Spooner tried to explain why Lark is so crucial to the story and to the world, but I still don't get it (or just don't remember why). You know it's not so good, when you can't remember why the protagonist is "the chosen one". Also, I feel like the non-existent romance, which total exists, but I'm calling it non-existent, was kind of strange and totally unnecessary. We have Oren, on the one hand, who helps Lark unconditionally. He's a bit prickly, and he has his reasons to be that way, but I believe he is genuinely a good person and a nice character. But by the end of the book, Lark isn't sure what she wants from him. Like, I feel like if it were me, the decision would be easy. Lark is too indecisive. But then, she's also a bit younger than most Young Adult heroines. Not that she isn't a young adult. The pockets of magic, the Renewables, harvesting, the Iron Wood... I'm so lost in all of that. I wish I could explain why I'm confused, but I don't even know that much.  I'm definitely going to read book two, since the publisher sent me a copy, but by the end of book one (this book), I felt a bit let down. I had such high hopes for this book, and I feel like I just ended up being more confused than anything else. I'm not sure how to feel about this book, which is why I'm sticking with three stars, and not lower or higher.  Would I Recommend It: Eh. This book was worth the read for me, but I'm not going to go to the streets telling random people that they MUST READ this book. It's not a must-read, but I feel like it's one of those books that you might read by chance, enjoy, and never read again. Not to say that I didn't like this book overall (because I did), but I probably wouldn't find myself re-reading it, unfortunately. Reading the next books? More likely. Rating: 3 stars. I'm definitely going to read the second book in this series, since I have had it for a few months now. I am excited to see how Ms. Spooner will turn the story into a series. Hopefully, I'll love the subsequent books even more than I liked this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago