Title: Skylark (Skylark #1)
Genre:Dystopian, Young Adult
Publisher: Corgi Books (31st January 2013)
Source: Secret Santa
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.
Her only choice is to escape; follow the birds into the wilderness beyond.
Into the Iron Wood.
Rating: ****(4 stars)
This book was one of my gifts from my Secret Santa. I hadn’t heard of it before, but after reading the blurb I was intrigued. Skylark sounded like it could be a really interesting read. Thank you Secret Santa for introducing me to this book – and series – I really enjoyed it.
Lark Ainsley was a really interesting character. I really enjoyed following her journey through Skylark, and watching her change and grow. Her actions and reactions throughout the book felt really real to me – something that I look for in a good dystopian novel. I also enjoyed her narrative voice, and the fact that she is just an ordinary girl – not some kick-ass heroine – which seemed very real for the environment she grew up in. She was also very brave, and I really admired her determination.
The world Lark lives in seems to be an interesting mixture of technology and magic, so that it’s hard to tell them apart – something I don’t think I’ve read before. At times the world is horrific, but there are moments of beauty too. Spooner has a strong understand of the world, and she does a good job of conveying that through the text.
The plot of Skylark is a pretty typical dystopian novel plot, however don’t let this put you off. There are plenty of surprises along the way, and there are some really interesting characters. I am really looking forward to seeing how things progress for Lark in the second book Shadowlark, and if she gets answers to all of her questions. If you are a fan of dystopian fiction then you should enjoy this book.