Review: Skylark by Meagan Spooner

Skylark (Skylark, #1)Title: Skylark (Skylark #1)
Author: Meagan Spooner
Format: Hardback (Carolrhoda Lab | Borrowed)
Find it on Goodreads here and Book Depository here
Summary: 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? (Goodreads)

My thoughts: I was first drawn to this book by the summary of the book. Seems interesting right? Yes it is so in the first chapter of the book you somehow get the idea of the main ideas in this book: dystopia, steampunk and magic. Seem’s like a great combination. But that’s the surface and based on this so called intricate surface, we can’t judge a book. Sad to say, the world building was very minimal. How in the world did she expect us readers to see the world she created? It was really hard to understand the situation. Then she added in steampunk pixies. And these pixies are the government’s eyes and ears. And they seemed to be everywhere. Now what the government is a major stalker and nobody seems to care? It seems that way. Then what else she mentioned this Harvesting that every child has to go through. Just what are they Harvesting? I didn’t get it initially. And it took me quite a while to realize what it really was. Thanks for keeping me in suspense for so long and that suspense wasn’t very helpful in making me wanna continue reading since I didn’t know what it was, and it frustrated me. Yes its thought provoking but too much of it just drives your readers insane. And then there is cannibalism  It seems like the author can’t make up her mind on what she want’s to write on. First dystopia, then steampunk, then magic and pixies and finally cannibalism. There is just too much information to digest in that small amount of chapters. Since its a series, shouldn’t she spread her ideas evenly? Not forcing them into one book which is less than 400 pages. I would expect it to exceed 500 pages since she wanted to do so in one book. Its not practical. Then what somebody told her she’s a renewable, then another person told her she’s not. Then she realized that she can take magic from other people and release it. What is she exactly? Just tell me already. I was hoping to find that ou once I finished the book and it turns out no I didn’t. I was a torture to read but not that torturous that I gave out in the middle. I think I pass this series as I don’t wish to be disappointed thinking that the plot/ writing gets better. I think its better off this way.

Rating: 2/5 stars

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