Struck

Struck
By Jennifer Bosworth
Published on May 8th 2012 
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR







Summary taken from Goodreads:

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.




The Cover: The cover to this book is initially what drew me in.  I love the lightning and I love that the cover model looks like she could kick some serious butt.  The colors are awesome and the entire cover screams, "Read me!  I am an action-packed novel!"


The Characters: I feel pretty bad for Mia.  I know that the summary says that Mia is a "lightning addict", but I really didn't see her that way.  I saw Mia as more of a victim.  She has been hit by numerous lightning strikes and doesn't know how to stop them or control herself. She is damaged both physically by her scars and emotionally because she is viewed as a "freak" by so many around her.  I was disappointed in Mia's family and how weak they seemed.  I loved the two warring cults and the pressure they put on Mia to make "the right choice."  Jeremy- Mia's love interest- was incredibly mysterious throughout most of the novel, and I wasn't completely sold on his feeling for Mia. Everyone, and I mean everyone in this book is keeping secrets from Mia.  It was rough reading about her finding out what everyone around her is hiding.


The Story:  I am going to put this out there- I am a Christian.  I am a deeply devout, head over heels in love with Jesus- Christian. Reading this probably should have offended me, right?  It didn't- not at all.  I am not a fan of televangelists- I think they really do more harm than good.  That is why I was so shocked when I hopped on Goodreads and saw how many people were offended by this book.  This book was not preachy (and even if it was- I wouldn't buy into what it was preaching) or pushing any sort of agenda.  I am honestly clueless why people could be offended by this book. Some have said this book has too much religion in it- well, this book IS about two warring cults.  The religion (and false religion) in this book was not hidden in any way.  So if you get offended by cults- don't read it, but you will miss out- trust me!


The story in this book was expertly done.  There were twists and turns that I didn't catch on to until I was blown away by sudden revelations in the book.  The author wove a powerful narrative that I feel so lucky to have gotten to read.  Mia has so many choices to make and nothing is in black and white in her life.  I felt so badly for her, but watched as she took control of her life and made some incredibly tough decisions.  Fans of dystopians will love this story and get a kick out of Mia's unwanted "superpowers".  I am impressed by this debut and can't wait to read more by this author!

2 comments:

  1. I genuinely love your review of Struck. I haven't had the chance to read it yet, but it is on my TBRASAP list. It is nice to hear another Christians viewpoint on reading fiction novels. I have often wondered if I should feel offended by a book, or just stop reading it altogether. Harry Potter is a great example for me, because I was reading the books while the whole controversy about HP was going on with Christians worldwide. In the end, I read the whole series (4x's), and not once did I feel convicted. I have wondered on more than one occasion if other Jesus Freaks feel the same way. I guess I just look at it as Fiction, I don't ever let anything "in" to the point that my views start becoming skewed.
    So, I say all of that to say this. Thank you for review, for your bravery in telling your readers that you love Jesus, and for letting this Christian know that I am not alone in being able to read fiction novels and not let it go beyond a great (sometimes not so great!) read!

    Jaime

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  2. I did not know that cults were featured in the book; I love books with cult subplots and that element makes me very excited about this book!

    I also want to second Jaime Lynn's thanks for sharing about your faith. I'm also Christian but I love reading books that deal with all kinds of faith, even the most extreme as in the case of cults.

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