Author: Meagan Spooner
Series: Skaylark (#1)
Release Date: 1 October 2012
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 don't know what it is about this summary, but I am most definitley in love with it.
Clockwork creatures? Check. Weird kinds of magic? Check. A dystopian world seeped more in fantasy than in science fiction? Check. An overall fabulous plot that doesn't have one mention of a love interest! Check!
I'm really excited to read this, even if the cover is pitifully plain. (It does remind me a bit of the Iron Fey series cover, though...)