Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
Pages: 373.
Release Date: May 8, 2012.
Source: Publisher.
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 loved Struck. Loved it to pieces. It's exciting and thrilling and it's one of those straightforward epic adventures that flows and develops so wonderfully that I was never, ever bored.

The ONLY iffy thing I can say about this book is that the religion was pretty uncomfortable at first. JUST AT FIRST. I don't really pay attention to religions. I believe in God, sure, but I don't pray or go to church or anything like that. I was somewhat worried that the religion aspect of this book would completely ruin it for me but after awhile, it after awhile it kind of became natural. This is definitely the first (and probably one of the only) books I've read where I was actually absorbed and interested in the religion because it plays such a huge and necessary role in the story. But if you're like me and you had problems swallowing it at first, please keep reading! It's done really, really well!

But other than that, I was a bit starstruck (*giggles* lame humor totally intended ...) with Struck. I loved Mia and how fiercely brave and protective she was over her family. 2012 authors ROCK at giving us strong, kick-ass heroines! I was a bit wary of Jeremy at first but I definitely warmed up to him and his Clark Kent-esque glasses. (Cute boys with glasses FTW!) And the WORLD! It was so harsh but so good. The desolate, gritty remains of Los Angeles was pretty gutwrenching to read about but I was pretty excited that the author chose to set this book in some place other than Chicago or New York. (Which seem to be the poster cities for dystopian novels ...)

This book is just ... gah. Action-packed. Romantic. Heartbreaking. Purely exhilarating. And I read a large chunk of this during a thunderstorm with lots and lots of lightning. I just kept thinking, "Somewhere in the imaginary land of fictional characters, Mia Price is smiling."

Overall, despite my slight uncomfortableness toward the beginning, I ended up LOVING Struck. It was ridiculously engaging and actually taught me quite a bit about storms and lightning and natural disasters. (Way to successfully sneak in those educational facts like a ninja author, Jennifer!) I definitely recommend, especially if you're in the mood for something fast-paced and epic!

Other reviews for Struck:
The Reader Bee.
Good Books And Good Wine.
Hobbitsies.
Bibliosaurus Text.

12 comments:

  1. So I should bump it on my tbr list, then... :)

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  2. I've just begun reading this and so far I'm loving it.

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    1. Yay! It's been a few days since you commented. Have you finished it yet? Did you LOVE IT?!

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  3. Struck sounds so unique and interesting! Glad you loved it!

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  4. world building.
    kick ass heroines.
    intentionally cheesy puns from you.

    NEED THIS.

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    1. YOU SO DO. Any book that evokes the lameness in me is one that everyone needs to read.

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  5. I know about the cult aspect before going into the book but it was a little much for me at first. Once I got deeper into the book, it worked better for me. I also really liked that Jeremy wore glasses; as a bespectacled person, I always like reading about characters who rock glasses :)

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    1. The cult aspect and the religion aspect kind of went hand-in-hand for me. Although the religion hit me a bit heavier. But I do agree with you! It ended up working out so well in the end!

      And I also agree with you about the glasses. I'm not sure why more YA boys don't wear glasses. They can be extremely attractive. ;)

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  6. I thought exactly the same thing about the place of religion in the book (I just posted my review of it)! But I also loved it anyway! :)

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    1. Yay! It seems like it sort of works out for everyone in the end. :)

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