I don’t know where or how to start this review. Skylark by Megan Spooner came highly recommended by some of the bloggers I trust the most to never lead me astray. I was shocked to find out that I disliked — nay — hated this book.
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 hate writing bad reviews when the reason it was bad was simply it didn’t drive to my tastes. However, this dystopian tale is exactly what I usually go for; it’s dystopian for goodness sake! It seemed perfect for me! It wasn’t. I read over 100 pages before I finally put it down. I didn’t care about the characters. I didn’t understand the world surrounding them and I didn’t want to know what happened next. This rarely happens to me, so when it does, it makes me go into this crazed frenzy where I have to read something I like to make sure I still love reading. I hate books that make me question whether I’m getting too old for Young Adult. It was too teeny bopper to me. The main character’s thoughts and actions were sporadic and immature. It’s like that moment in a horror movie where the girl is so stupid she goes into the room with the scary noise. It’s disappointing and, ultimately, I wanted to spend my precious time in someone else’s world.
I didn’t finish this book because the author didn’t make me care about her characters. I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading this, but it most certainly wasn’t for me.
STARS: 1 out of 5. DID NOT FINISH (DNF)