Book Review: Struck

Struck CoverBook: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Published May 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux|352 pages

Where I Got It: Nook Store

Series: Struck #1

Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic

You can find Struck on goodreads & you can find Jennifer Bosworth on Twitter and her website

Goodreads Summary: 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.

I’ve been wanting to read Struck for ages, and now I’ve finally finished it!  I love the idea of a lightning addict, since I’ve never seen it before!  So it’s pretty unique.

And post-apocalyptic L.A. by way of a horrible, horrible earthquake is also pretty believable!  It’s also slightly terrifying, but given I’ve lived my entire life in Southern California, where earthquakes are pretty normal…well, it’s something I can see happening.  Add in two warring cults, and you have a crazy, slightly terrifying world.

Group one is a religuous group predicting that it’s the end of days, and that the 6th seal in the book of Revelations is happening in three days.  And group two is a group of people like Mia, who also have special abilities.  I’m not surprised by the appearance of both groups or that there’s a prophecy involving Mia, who is wanted by both sides.  I’m pretty intrigued by both sides, and I like that Mia sees both groups before finally doing her own thing.

Given how the book started- with a strong focus on Mia’s lightning addiction- I thought it would take center stage.  And it didn’t, which is slightly disappointing, because it’s really unique and different and kind of cool.  And while there were some paranormal-ish aspects, I also felt like that could have been explored a lot more.  I wanted to know a little more about both groups, especially the religious group, because they seemed infinitely more interesting than the Seekers.

Still, I really liked the two opposing groups, and how it’s a (slightly paranormal) post-apocalyptic world. It’s one of the more unique paranormal/post-apocalyptic books I’ve read in a while, since you don’t see the two combined.  Generally speaking, of course.  And lightning striking a fault line makes it even more different, but in a good way.

It seems like there might be a sequel in 2016, and I’m looking forward to more news on that book, because I feel like there’s more world-building that can be done with Struck.  There’s definitely enough story for a sequel.  The characters were okay, but there’s not a lot that’s memorable.

To Sum Up…

I really liked Struck, even though certain aspects could have been explored a little more.  It’s definitely different than quite a few books in the genre, and that’s always a plus.  Struck gets 4 stars.  

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