Thursday, September 27, 2012

Jen's Thoughts (+ Giveaway!): Skylark by Meagan Spooner



Published: August 1, 2012
Carolrhoda Lab, 344 pages, hardcover
Source: author
Goodreads Summary: 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?

I originally requested Skylark on NetGalley when Anna texted me some nonsensical capitals about shock value and dystopian stuff. Well, how can I argue with capitals? Homer Simpson said it best:


Preach it, Homer.

Well anyway, I got denied so I was a little bruised. But then out of the blue Meagan Spooner is all "hey little blogger, wanna read my book?" YES, MEAGAN, I DO. And I did. And it was good. I was a little nervous in the beginning. It had a very Hunger Games feel about it and there was a lot of internal narrative. But I mean, Lark is pretty frickin' alone in her world, so who the frick else is she gonna talk to? She thinks a LOT. But she's smart, and I can get down with an intelligent protagonist.

And is this book a touch steampunk? Because I'm pretty sure Lark's mechanical pixie is the essential touch to qualify as steampunk. Sure, I don't know what that means, but there were lots of words like "clockwork" and "machines," and that is good enough for me. Know what else is good enough for me? The budding romance. Oh, it's slow and melty and careful and dangerous. And SO WELL WRITTEN. Spooner's writing is scrumptious. I think I gained 5lbs reading it.

The best part of Skylark was the unexpected ending. My stomach dropped. I had to reread a particular passage approximately 46 times to make sure. I had to make damn sure that Meagan Spooner just did it that way. It hurt me a lot. And the more I think about it, a week after reading it, the more I realize how brilliant she is for making ending it that way. I have no idea how this is going to turn out. Well, I have no idea how Lark and Oren can overcome this. I love unforeseeable obstacles and I love it when authors take chances and risks such as the nuclear bomb dropped in that ending.

More people need to know about this book. It's a crime against LITERATURE if you don't read it.


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26 comments:

  1. I love so many dystopians! Hm.....as much as I LOVE Divergent (and Insurgent), I'm going to have to go with the Birthmarked trilogy. I'm not going to say it's perfect, but I couldn't get away from it and it's got more of a mystery aspect to it (especially the first book) that hooked me in.

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  2. I love Hunger Games and Divergent. ;)

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  3. I really haven't read much about this at all but it really does sound good, hun!

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  4. There are so many dystopian novels that I have read and loved that is impossible to choose a favorite.

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  5. I want it! I'm a big Divergent fan too, but also I love XVI and I think Julia Karr's stuff deserves more attention.

    ALSO, my husband who doesn't read read hunger games so I made him read Divergent. He's on Insurgent now :D

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  6. Did you do this face when you read that one part? :-O

    I think my face is still permanently stuck that way. HAHAHAH. ALL CAPS FOR THE WIN, BTW.

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  7. Favorite dystopian? I loved Delirium AND Divergent, but in different ways. I can't decide! I pretty much just love dystopian in general :)

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  8. My favorite Dystopian is Delirium by Lauren Oliver!! I can't wait for Requiem.

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  9. DANG JEN. You're so damn convincing sometimes with you use words like "melty" and "5 lbs" and "nuclear bombs."

    You make this sound delicious and I want to read it. I like melty.

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  10. I feel like I NEED to read this book after reading your review! I loved The Hunger Games and Catching Fire (I like to pretend it ended there). I have Divergent on my TBR list. Love a good dystopian!

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  11. I love a large varieties of dystopian books, but I think my favorite is the Divergent series. Though, especially after reading this, I really want to read Skylark.

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  12. Favorite well I guess Divergent but then again there are SO MANY!! Thanks sooooo much for this giveaway I so want to read this one!!!

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  13. Divergent is my absolute favorite Dystopian novel, followed by The Hunger Games.
    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!

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  14. The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.

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    1. *facepalm* I totally put in the wrong tweet link. So sorry!!!

      https://twitter.com/deadtossedwaves/status/251814005977542656

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  15. The Giver is such a classic, other than that, The Obernewtyn Chronicles.

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  16. Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaugh, I can't pick just one! Okay, only one? Fine. I'll go the classic routel and pick Hunger Games.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. I really hope to read this book soon!

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  18. I am a dystopianaholic. I love them all. But I guess my favorite is either The Hunger Games or Divergent.

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  19. More Post Apocalyptic, but Enclave by Ann Aguirre!

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  20. Eep! I'm so excited about this book. I love the cover!

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  21. I haven't read much dystopian, but I have to say The Hunger Games. :) That book looks awesome.

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  22. ORENNNNNN.

    Also my face dropped too.

    AND OMG.

    THAT END.

    THAT FREAKIN END WHAT THE WHAT THE WHAT.

    Also, Tony and I are huge Simpsons fans, he is the Marge of the relationship and I am the Homer, and that picture totally reminds me exactly why. SHIFT KEY BETCHES <3333

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