I have been having a field day on NetGalley this past week, requesting upcoming titles left and right. There are SO many good books coming out this year, y’all! I mean, seriously! My pick for “Waiting on Wednesday” is one of these good books. It also happens to debut on my birthday: October 1, 2012 🙂 So, dear readers, I present to you Skylark, the first book in The Skylark Trilogyby Meagan Spooner:
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?
Isn’t that cover breath-taking?! I imagine Meagan was/is pretty pleased with it, too 🙂 I really like the synopsis. In a way it reminds me a bit of Under the Never Sky, though I think it’s just the domed barrier aspect. I am also really intrigued by the concept of “Renewables” and children being batteries for the barrier. That aspect reminds me ofPeter Pan, where it says that, “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”
Maybe I’m reading too much into the synopsis, but I’d love to pick Meagan’s brain about how she came up with the original plot for Skylark! 🙂
So, what do you think? Will you add Skylark to your GoodReads List? Pre-order it from Amazon? I can say that it will definitely be a birthday gift to myself, from myself!
What are you “waiting on” this Wednesday? I love peeking at people’s Wish Lists, so be sure to leave a link with some “comment love” below, and I’ll stop by for a visit!