Sunday, February 26, 2012

Early Review: STRUCK

by Jennifer Bosworth
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR

My Thoughts On:

     In a Los Angeles devastated by a terrible earthquake and filled with religious turmoil, Mia Price finds herself torn between love and betrayal. Mia also carries a terrible secret, one that could manifest in her becoming the storm that can end the world.
Jennifer Bosworth has created a future where people are bring struck by lightening and then also some receive special powers. There is a movement on the horizon, really more like a cult koolaid-no lightening, that wishes to end the world and brainwashes their followers while also creating the upcoming apocalypse.
     Back to Mia, Mia Price has a passion for lightening, she can never get enough of it but it also carries a heavy price of destroying people around her. After a tragic incident involving Mia their past hometown, Mia and her family move to Los Angeles, the city that takes more than it gives. After their arrival a massive earthquake strikes killing and displacing thousands while also taking the lives of Mia's father and destroying her mother's sanity. What arises from the rubble of the earthquake is a cult religious movement that is tearing Mia and her family apart and could lead to their ultimate destruction.
     Struck is a novel that questions what motives and power moves just underneath a person's skin, and how far will someone go to protect what they believe in. With a religious twist and a dystopian undertone Struck sends readers on an adventure into the heart's of its characters.

Publisher Book 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.

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