Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Challenges: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
Rating: 3.5 stars
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 by Jennifer Bosworth was an interesting read. Here’s the thing about this one – everything about it was super cool, it was just extremely slow. It wasn’t til almost page 200 that I thought things picked up and got really intense. In her unique and enticing debut, Jennifer Bosworth delivers a suspenseful story filled with intrigue and action.
Cult books are always so fascinating, and Jennifer Bosworth does this so well. The Prophet and his Followers are almost a bit scary at points of the book. That along with the whole idea with the lightening and the “Spark” was just so neat! It was just so alluring.
Struck was a fascinating read once I really got into it. I did like the first half of the book, but it was so slow that I felt like this took away from some aspects of the plot. But all is forgiven when that last part of the book hit, as Jennifer Bosworth doesn’t hold back. It was so intense and I could not put it down at all. There were several twists that I did not see coming at all, and it was awesome!
The characters were an interesting mix – Jeremy and Mia were awesome. I loved both of them, especially when they were together. Militiaman Brent was pretty cool as well, even though he only played a very small role in the book. Katrina kind of grated on my nerves, as did Parker. They both were just kind of obnoxious.
The ending was awesome. I loved how nicely everything was tied up, and the last page was seriously about the most adorable thing ever.
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth is a book you will have to stick with to get through the slower beginning. But it is definitely worth it! Overall this was a promising debut from Jennifer Bosworth and I cannot wait to see what she writes next!