By Jennifer Bosworth
Series: Struck #1
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: May 8, 2012
Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
I was drawn
to both the cover and concept of Struck. I love post-apocalyptic dystopian worlds and I'm fascinated by lightening. In author Jennifer Bosworth’s
world Los Angeles and other areas of the world have been struck with natural disasters. Experts are worried there will be more
events, and religious zealots are crying end of times.
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
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.
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. (synopsis from Goodreads)
We are introduced
to Mia Price in the first line of the novel.”My name is Mia Price, and I am a
human lightening rod.” She resides in LA
with her mother and little brother. Mia and her family are lucky their home is
still intact after a massive earthquake takes out large areas of LA. Everyone
is hungry, people are homeless and Mia’s mother has had a breakdown. Her Mom sits in front of the TV watching an evangelist
known as the Prophet. In order to get
rations, she and her brother must return to school. Once there she is pressed
by two groups of students to join their cult. Both groups believe Mia is the
key to a cataclysmic event which is yet to come. Bosworth tale was unique and captivating.
Mia is a
lightening addict or maybe lightening is addicted to her. Either way, she has
the scars to prove it. She has survived countless
strikes, and is drawn to storms, like bees to honey. Her family moved to LA, after
a horrific lightening event. The recent disasters have left atmospheric hints of
a storm to come. Mia can sense it and feels drawn to it. I easily
connected with Mia and wanted to know more about her. Since
the earthquake, she has really had to hold it together and I was impressed by
her stiff upper lip. She is brave and protective. She doesn’t seek out
conflict, but will fight when necessary. At times, I was annoyed with the
character's inability to communicate…since a lot of crap could have been avoided
with a straightforward conversation. Jeremy appears in one of Mia's classes. She has never met him, but is immediately aware of his presence and feels as if she knows him. She finds him to be gorgeous and mysterious. Oddly he makes her feel calm. He doesn’t appear to belong to either cult and tries to warn
her. Jeremy’s true identity wasn’t revealed until almost the end. Bosworth did
leave clues throughout the novel and I managed to figure it out but I was never
really sure if he was helping her or had a secret agenda. All of which made this
tale suspenseful. The romance between
them was sweet and downright complicated. The energy I felt when the two of
them were together made me swoon. Other
characters added to the suspense and mystery. I loved some of them and loathed
world-building enthralled me. She did a wonderful job of depicting the city and
its people after the quake. Her
descriptions of the city of tents, the chaos and fear made the world very real.
The Prophet and his followers were believable. He has predicted the end is near
and urges people to join him and repent. Throughout the novel you get a sense
that he is evil. The Seekers are an old
and secret society. They appear to be trying to stop a cataclysmic event from occurring.
It has been foretold and they are looking for others to make their psychic
connections stronger. Bosworth’s tale of their origin and purposes was fascinating.
She weaves tarot cards and paranormal ability into the tale creating mystery. Mia is the catalyst for an event yet to come
and is sought by both sides. Not knowing
the true purpose of each cult and why they wanted Mia made the ride
suspenseful. The tale was fast-paced and
Bosworth’s writing style brought the story to life. While the tale was good I wanted more depth and would have like more about the lightening aspect.
Struck will interest fans of post-apocalyptic and dystopian novels. This was an an easy read. It didn't deliver everything I hoped for but I will check out book two. There is a novella, called Prophet (Struck 0.5) which is currently available.
I gave this
novel 3 coffee cups out 5.
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