Thursday, May 10, 2012

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
2012, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Series: Book 1 of Struck

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Requested for review from Netgalley

What impressed me: I was really impressed with Struck. While I love the concept of cults in books, they often don't work for me. Struck was different. It took a post-disaster world, people with different abilities, and rival cults and made them mesh perfectly. The romance angle lightened the book up considerably, which was great given the darkness of the overall story.

What disappointed me: Mia wasn't the easiest character to like. She's very doom and gloom, understandably so given her history, but it doesn't make for an entertaining character.

Recommended: If you've ever wanted to check out a YA book featuring cults, Struck is the one to go with.

Continue series: Yes.

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