25 February, 2012

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Pages: 373.
Publication: 26th April/8th May 2012/Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR.
Rating: Pre-order It: Amazon | Easons

"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."

Review. The review is short because I do not want to give too much away at this early time. 
Firstly, I want to say that I love the cover of Struck. I think it is ever so beautiful. The lightning on the book is so addictive to look at like it is for Mia to be struck by.

Mia is not an average teenager, the Lichtenberg figures that are all over body will tell you that. Mia, for me, was an impressive character. Although, she may not have any real friends, she should. She is sweet and compassionate and a little bit serious, but not in a bad way. She is also very mature, taking care of her disturbed mother and younger brother. They are put before anything else for Mia and play an interesting role in the novel.

Struck was definitely not what I expected. The blurb talks a lot about the lightning and storm which I believed would be the core of the story but it was not. Oh, it definitely was a main aspect of the story but other aspect is not in the blurb and that is what? Religion. Now, I do not want to scare anyone with using the word religion, I know it can be strenuous reading books based around religion but do not fret, Struck is different. Bosworth's has created an interesting religious sect and a not so religious sect both vying for Mia's attention and are willing to do just about anything to have her. But Mia? She is vying for the gorgeous Jeremy's attention. 

Bosworth's imagery throughout was beautiful and vivid. She has created a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles that is both so interesting and terrifying. Terrifying because it makes me think, will the world turn like that is Global Warming continues?  

Final Thought.
Struck is a completely unique novel that does not really fall under any genre that I advise you read.

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