Spooner, Meagan Lark Ascending, 319 pgs. Carolrhoda Lab, 2014. Content: Language: PG-13 (7 swears); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.
Lark is returning home, within the wall, with her shadow boyfriend Oren. When she arrives she is shocked to find that her home is split between the rebels and the architects (or government) and both are fighting to the death for control of any magic left on the earth. Lark sides with the rebels, but sees that war isn’t the answer. She tries to work with another girl, Eve, who has magic, but is afraid that Eve can’t be trusted. As the war comes to a head, Lark has to help everyone find a middle ground.
This is a great ending to the Skylark trilogy. I have loved these characters through three books now and the author does a great job bridging the books. The interesting setting and strong characters make this book easy to recommend. The violence is not gruesome, but there is some. The main characters spend the night together, but it is merely hinted at, not described in detail. Fun series.
MS, HS-ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.