Summary (from Goodreads):
“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?”
This was one of the YA Buzz books at BEA, and I didn’t know that much about it, but the little I did know (“dystopian, magic, teen girl used to power the city”) made me determined that I would get a copy to read.
I think this is one of those books where the less you know going in, the better. You’ll note that the Goodreads summary doesn’t really tell you all THAT much about the book, right?
I feel like I spent a great deal of this book just trying to figure out what was going on. Even so, I fell completely in love with it (and it didn’t take that long, either; more or less the literary equivalent of love at first sight. Love at first paragraph? Love at first chapter? Whatever) and it completely creeped me out. (Which, me being me, made me very happy.)