Saturday, 7 April 2012

Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth (Struck #1)

Title: Struck
Author: Jennifer Bosworth
Publication date: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Supernatural
Cover rating: 5/5
Content rating: 3/5
Buy: Amazon

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 is a highly unique book that is sure to stand out in 2012. I was so excited about this one! There are so many of these end-of-the-world books out there at the moment that they sometimes start to blend into each other but Struck is very different and certainly has a unique feel to it. Even the cover is striking and the description makes it sound very intense!

I didn't love this one but I did really like it. Mia Price is a lightning addict- not something you hear about everyday! The place where she's living has been devastated by a terrible earthquake and cults start forming, each claiming their way is the best way to deal with the disaster they believe is on its way. I loved learning about these different groups and the religious group was fascinating. Scary- but fascinating! Mia has no idea what she's going to do; she can't seem to trust anybody and they're all after her.

Not only does Mia have the end of the world to worry about, she's also having family troubles. Her mother is slowly losing her mind and Mia is struggling to find the drugs to help her. She also worried about her younger brother and has no idea how to protect him. Then along comes the mystery guy, Jeremy, just to add to Mia's confusion! I did like Jeremy but I don't feel we got to know him very well until the very end so the reader doesn't really get much of a chance to connect with him so that took the spark out of their relationship for me.

This book is pretty intense but it did move way too slow for me. I felt like I was waiting and waiting for the story to get to the point. A lot of the time, we're just getting Mia's thoughts and nothing else is really happening. I would have loved this one if it had moved faster! I was dying to know what was going to happen but was almost fed up by the time we got there. I do think lots of people will adore this one. It's so different and some parts so possible that it's sure to be a winner with many people.


  1. I've been seeing this book around a lot lately. You're right. The cover is awesome, and the fact that she is a lightening addict is very original. I am sorry that the story was slow for you, it seems like a book that would be so fast paced. I hate those books were you keep reading and reading waiting for something to happen. So frustrating! Great review!

  2. Being addicted to lightning is definitely something new. But I also hate when it takes till the end of the book to get to know the love interest and to get to the action. The different cult groups forming sounds weird and creepy.


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