Review: STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth

STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth 
Hardcover: 373 pages
Published: May 8th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR (first published April 26th 2012)
ISBN: 0374372837 ( ISBN13: 9780374372835)
Publisher Info: http://us.macmillan.com/struck/JenniferBosworth
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥.5


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 Thoughts:

STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth is a highly charged read that will electrify you. A story that is filled with heart stopping moments of suspense and action.


Once I began reading STRUCK I did not want to stop. They mystery that was Mia Price and her attraction to lightning was addicting. I wanted to know more about her especially when two overly zealous opposing groups seemed to be hell bent on acquiring her for their factions. It was all too creepy and mysterious and I enjoyed how both sides were portrayed in a manner that kept me from making a clear choice on who was good or evil. Many stories mistakenly give that element of surprise too easily but Jennifer Bosworth did a fine job of showcasing them both.


I also enjoyed the basic reality of destruction that was portrayed in this story along with the supernatural element that was always hovering in the background. The reactions and actions of the people dealing with mass devastation seemed genuine, but I somehow envisioned that it would be a bit more chaotic, desperate and violent. Amongst all chaos you see Mia try her best to keep it together and keep her family safe while trying to hide the fact that she is permanently marked from her lightning addiction.  I could empathize and understand her struggle as both cults seemed to relentlessly infiltrate her mind, body and home.


I was not fond of the religiously zealous cult that was portrayed in this read. It made the story a bit heavy at times and although it fit well with the storyline it was not something that I cared for. Yet, it did make for a compelling read.


STRUCK is a good read that will keep you entertained until the very last word. It will captivate and electrify you.

 

2 comments on "Review: STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth"

Cindy wrote: May 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I am looking forward to reading this. I am not looking forward to the "cult" you mentioned, but other than that, I am sure I will like it. Great review :)


April (BooksandWine) wrote: May 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

See, I thought the cult was the most fascinating/interesting thing about Struck, but again that could be my proclivity towards cults.

Anyways, I am loving all these features of the Fierce Reads books!


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