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Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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.
Goodreads Summary

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be struck by lightening?  Would you be afraid or in pain...or would you come to crave it?  Mia Price may not be the most interesting girl in the world, but she has been struck by lightening repeatedly and loves it.  In a world where there is devastation after devastation, Mia continues to wreak havoc upon herself.  It is ironic really, as Mia's internal turmoil is indicative of the outside world.  Mia worries about her depressed mother and unruly brother.  She worries whether her family has enough food and if they are safe.  She tries to be the logical one, but cannot possibly hold everything together. 

As religious zealots take to the streets praising the one they worship and another group forms against them, Mia must decide which, if any, group she wants to join.  Jeremy, an enigmatic young teenager, arrives on the scene in the nick of time.  He seems to represent possible danger to Mia, at first, but when the reader gets to know him, he is difficult not to like.  Is Mia in danger from even those she trusts? 

Overall, this book was a fast read.  The author manages to write with an underlying tension that sets the scene for the whole novel.  The scenes range from the scary to the exhilarating to the sad.  The reader will root for Jeremy and Mia while simultaneously hoping that Mia will emerge unscathed from this relationship.  The other characters are fun to meet, though the reader will certainly not like all of them.  There is a lot of religious symbols and meaning in this book, but the author mainly utilizes them with regards to the religious fanatic group.  There are several twists in the plot line and the ending will both "shock" and please the reader.  This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars


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2 comments:

  1. She loves being struck by lightning? How ODD! I have never heard anything like it! talk about an adrenalin junky! It sounds like you were glued to it though so I might ave to give it a read!
    Sarah

  1. I have seen this book on so many different blogs and it has gotten good reviews. I have really wanted to read this for a while so I can't wait until I can start on it. Thanks for the review.