This month’s Spotlight Week features STRUCK by YA Author Jennifer Bosworth.

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Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

384 pages, Hardcover

Genre: YA, Ages 12 and up

Published on May 8, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN-10: 0374372837

ISBN-13: 978-0374372835

 

Synopsis:

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 Review

First line, Prologue: “When you’ve been struck by lightning as many times as I have, you start to expect the worst pretty much all the time.”

The book has an eye-catching (and really cool cover), but its real draw lies in its premise: Mia Price is a lightning addict. I’ve heard of lightning survivors, but a lightning addict? It was such a cool concept I just had to read the book.

And I’m glad I did.

I love that this post-apocalyptic story was set in Los Angeles. As a local, it was easy for me to imagine the all the little areas of downtown L.A. which the author so vividly described.

Mia Price isn’t the smartest main character, but her fierce love for her family and her determination to protect them, make her a lovable heroine. After a devastating earthquake hits the city, Mia has to deal with a lot of things kids shouldn’t have to face. Her mom’s worsening mental health forces her to grow up and act as the head of the family.  She has to worry about where to get their next meal, how to protect their family’s home from looters, and how to keep her family safe from the two opposing cults that want to claim them.

The book has an overarching religious theme thanks to the two warring cults who are locked in a battle for the future of Los Angeles. The black-clad Seekers and the white-clad Followers both want Mia for unique ability to not only survive lightning strikes, but to harness its electrical energy. Mia doesn’t want to get involved with either of them, but she’s forced to make a choice when one of the cults decides to recruit her younger brother.

Of course, it wouldn’t be YA without some romance thrown in the mix. Mia’s love interest, Jeremy, is mysterious, and the author takes great care to keep her readers guessing about him until the end. The other characters were just as intriguing. I found it easy to imagine the characters as real, three-dimensional people, thanks in part to the awesome book trailer which I had watched several times before reading the book.

The story itself unfolds with speed, thanks to the “ticking clock” element which author Jennifer Bosworth cleverly employs. The story was fast-paced, but easy to follow, and had a lot of suspenseful moments which made my heart race.

What I loved most about the book was its ability to blur the lines between good and evil. Mia was a reluctant hero, primarily because her past mistakes continue to haunt her and make her question if she is capable of actually helping others instead of hurting them. Mia’s experiences and the way she responds to the various obstacles thrown in her path makes us question what it is that truly makes a person good.

Struck is an awesome read! I recommend it to anyone who loves dystopian novels with strange plot twists seen through the eyes of a wonderfully conflicted heroine. 

 

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24 Responses to “Spotlight Week: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth, A Book Review”

  1. Shelly says:

    Good review, Nut! Sounds like a really good read. Lightning addict?

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

  2. M.J. Fifield says:

    A very cool cover and an even cooler concept. I think I just added another book to my To be Read pile.

  3. That is a great first line and very original premise.

  4. This book looks so cool!!! I love the cover, the premise (like you said) and the opening line. I’ll definitely put it on my TBR list!

  5. Southpaw says:

    Oh I like the concept too and I love the cover. Thanks for introducing me to this one.

  6. I like the twist the book takes from lightning to earthquakes.

  7. Miranda Hardy says:

    The cover and trailer are amazing. The book sounds like something I’d enjoy reading.

  8. Great review! And story sounds so exciting!

  9. Wow on that trailer. I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before. I’d heard of the book at least. :)

  10. Cherie Reich says:

    Ooo, I can’t remember hearing about this book before, but the premise and eye-catching cover definitely capture my attention. Your review is fantastic! I’ll have to add this one to my to-read list.

  11. Great review! I also checked out your photos of Japan below. Beautiful :)

  12. Lydia K says:

    It’s a really fascinating concept! This is on my TBR list.

  13. Damyanti says:

    I’m not a fan of dystopian, but I can get behind this one. Neat concept.

  14. Gossip Grl says:

    Awesome review. The trailer is intriguing. Definitely going to check this book out! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Laura Eno says:

    I love this cover but reading the blurb and your review have sold me on it!

  16. Tonja says:

    I agree – the phrase, “lightning addict,” is intriguing.

  17. tara tyler says:

    i recently read the blurb for this on goodreads, looks exciting! thanks for the review!

  18. Elisa says:

    I have heard of this one and was intrigued, now it sounds like I must hunt it down to read. Wonderful review! :)

  19. I’ve seen this book around and it sounds really great. Thanks for the review. :)

  20. Maria says:

    YA fiction has some great premises. Lots of fresh ideas there.

  21. Thanks for the interview Nutschell. I just finished Struck and it’s nice to have author insight to go along with the story.Great trailer, thanks for sharing that as well.

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  23. Lexa Cain says:

    I love the blurb, and your review makes the book sound terrific! I hope I get to read it sometime soon. :-)

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