Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth 

Publishers: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
Published Date:  May 8th 2012
From: NetGalley
My rating:
2 out of 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.

Very disappointed with this one. I was expecting something and read something else entirely. I even had this one as my Waiting on Wednesday last year.

Firstly the main character, Mia, is a lightening addict. In the prologue she introduces us to what happens when she gets struck. She feels the pain, she loses her skin but she heals really quickly. After a horrendous earthquake leaves Los Angeles in ruins, Mia and her family are coping, but barely. At school, she's introduced to the Seekers, an alternative dark version of the white Followers who are led by a self proclaimed Prophet. The two cults face off through most of the book, both trying to get Mia to join them. Both sides know she is a lightening addict, in fact no one else has the skill that she's developed. She's crucial for some final plan.

I didn't expect this book to be mostly about cults, and with the Followers there's so much God talk and a little too much bible quoting. It wasn't until about 85% into the story that Mia actually got her first lightening strike. She has some pretty strong powers but she didn't use them at all until the end.

The love interest, Jeremy, was a dead giveaway. I guessed who he was. When he gives Mia his visions, and then tells her that the outcome isn't definite then why didn't she step up and deal with the Prophet before anything bad happened?

Overall, the writing is very good. The imagery is impressive. I just expected a little more lightening and drama.

-CB x

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