Saturday, 12 May 2012

Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Title: Struck
Author: Jennifer Bosworth
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Dystopia
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: USA:May 8th 2012|UK:26th April 2012

Tell Me About It
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

My Thoughts
Struck begins with an introduction from Mia giving us a brief description about her and her attraction to lightening.  The book then begins with chapter 1, days before the storm then slowly builds up to the worst storm in history.
A recent earthquake has shattered everyone's existence.  People are sick and dying, some have homes on the brink of collapsing or no home at all to call their own, The Displaced.  Others have taken up residence along the beach in tents, Tentville.  Desperate people have turned to The Prophet, who predicted the earthquake moments before it happened and predicts another will happen soon.
Mia lives with her brother Parker and their Mum, their house lucky enough to withstand the earthquake but their Mum suffering from Aucte Stress Disorder.  We follow Mia as she copes with her sick Mum, making sure Parker is OK, school and the constant symptoms from her numerous lightening strikes.

I really enjoyed Struck.  I love anything that remotely focuses on lightening, storms, earthquakes, and Struck was the perfect read to satisfy me with a lightening fix.  I loved the opposing groups, The Seekers and The Followers and really liked how all goodness and light were not necessary the right side to choose.  I did feel sorry for Mia, being thrown into it without really knowing what she was meant to be doing, and although I disliked Katrina at first, especially for being deceitful, I did eventually warm up to her, mainly after she was attacked by The Followers.  If it would have been me I would have hid in a room somewhere but she came back fighting and I do admire her for that.
Jeremy I was constantly in two minds over until the very end.  I liked him for how he was with Mia wanting to keep her safe, but I disliked him for hiding a huge part of him away from her, which ended up nearly costing Mia her life.

Overall I think Struck is a great read, my only problem was the slow build up to this cataclysmic event, but then I felt the actual event went by too fast for my liking.

I did have a quote that I really liked and also found an amazing trailer for the book.
"I should have been the glue holding us together, but apparently I wasn't sticky enough."

How awesome is this trailer for Struck!!!!!


  1. tnx 4 the review
    i want this book so bad

  2. I have heard many mixed things about this (especially its religious aspects), so I'm really glad that you enjoyed it so much. Maybe I'll give it a chance after all. Thanks for sharing!


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