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May 3, 2012

Review of Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

 

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

Struck – Jennifer Bosworth

Release Date:  May 8, 2012

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

I have no idea where to start when it comes to Struck and I mean that in the most positive of ways! This story had everything I would ever want in a story: Action. A pre-apocalyptic setting. A spunky female main character and romance. From the opening sentence, I knew that Struck would become one of my favorite stories and that I would eat it right up. I literally could not put it down. Struck takes place in L.A. after a storm and earthquake and other major natural disasters wreak havoc on the planet. Main character Mia is stuck in the aftermath of the quake and storm—the one thing that sets her apart from all the other survivors is that Mia is a lightening addict and has been struck repeatedly.

As the story unfolds we enter the world Mia is living in. We get to learn a fair bit  about her past before the quake/storm and how her life is after the quake/storm. The one thing that definitely pulled on my heartstrings was how disconnected Mia’s mother was from her children. Her mother, having been a survivor after being crushed by a falling building, was portrayed as a lifeless doll throughout the first two “parts” of the novel. By parts, I mean that the story was cut into four different parts. Each part focusing on the four days before the actual “apocalypse” that is predicted by Rance Ridley Prophet, the main antagonist in the story.

In the story, we are introduced to the two warring groups, the Followers (who believe everything that Prophet says) and the Seekers (who basically do the exact opposite and want to find people to rise against Prophet). Both groups, through all four parts of the story, fight to get Mia on one of their sides because Mia is the Tower. Which pretty much means that Mia is the bringer of the apocalypse. Personally, I found myself leaning more towards the Seekers in the story. Mostly because throughout the story we are watching Mia and her younger brother Parker interact more with Seekers than Followers. That and the Followers were portrayed as bad guys. Are they really the bad guys in the story? That’s for the reader to decide.

As for the romance portion of the novel… my heart literally melted each time I saw (or…erm… read?) Jeremy and Mia together. The two of them together were not only so sweet and secretive with each other, but at the end of the day, there’s no point in denying that Jeremy has an aura of mystery that forces any reader to fall in love with him (And he was described as Clark Kent because of his glasses and being the comic nerd that I am, I imagined him as Superman *la swoon*).

I would recommend this to fans of dystopia (regardless of it being pre-apocalyptic), action and of course romance. Struck has a little bit of everything–something that all readers will love.

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  1. kimba88
    5/8/2012

    I read Melissa’s review today too and bought it..after reading your review i know i did the right thing! Awesome review!
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    I seriously can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

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