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- Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
- Format: Hardback | 373 pages
- Dimensions: 148mm x 212mm x 36mm | 458g
- Publication date: 8 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0374372837
- ISBN 13: 9780374372835
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 327,245
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.
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Jennifer Bosworth lives in Los Angeles, California, where lightning hardly ever strikes, but when it does she takes cover. She is the writer half of a writer/director team with her husband, Ryan Bosworth. Learn more about her at http: //www.jenniferbosworth.com.
By MissPageTurner 28 Nov 2013
STRUCK is set in future LA. A city destroyed by a terrible earthquake. Imagining Los Angeles like that was pretty scary. Although it could have been an ace dytopian story, STRUCK wasn't primarily about a disaster scenario and the impacts natural catastrophes could have on people's lives. It was mostly about Mia dealing with her lightning addiction. Yes, you've read correctly. She is like a life-size lightning rod. She has the power to absorb lightning but also to destroy with its energy. She has the predisposition to be an attractive character protagonist-wise, but surprisingly she just didn't grow on me.
Grave disappointment struck me after only the first few chapters of Jennifer Bosworth's debut novel. A huge amount of the story felt just wrong to me and I didn't find a way to connect with our protagonist or unterstand the love story. Don't get me wrong, her love interest, Jeremy was a pretty decent guy. Just not that sexy and incredibly defiant guy I wanted him to be.
There's also a religious, or better cult-like, aspect that felt kind of like a foreign substance to the story itself. And it really started to bother me after some time, because it became too dominant and held to much of the story's attention. A Prophet gathering people around him and trying to control an entire city with his nonsense, even involving parts of Mia's family. The cult component struck me as really odd and that's what turned the story into something that just couldn't work for me.
I was rather sceptical about reading STRUCK in the first place, but somehow found myself reading it after a few weeks anyways. Should've listened to my intuition from the beginning. I'm not happy to say that I didn't enjoy this read, but that's how it is. And for that I hope even more readers find a favourite in it and will give it the love any story deserves.
2/5 ** STRUCK - Promising premise, no electrifying content in the end!
This story could have been big, but there was never any tension at all and the action simply fell flat for me. Weak characters and a trivial romance and I was desperate to finish STRUCK to just be done with it.
."..compelling."--"BCCB""With a complex plot, several intriguing characters, and a believable future L.A., this novel should earn a spot on supernatural romance shelves."--"School Library Journal""Part apocalyptic survival fiction, part supernatural romance, this taut novel is entirely absorbing."--"Horn Book" "A creative premise and developed setting with a fast, fun...plot." --"Kirkus""Bosworth's debut catches attention with vivid descriptions and a snazzy premise..."--"Publishers Weekly" "Cinematic! "Struck" builds into a massive, darkening, electric storm of a novel." --Jay Asher, author of "Thirteen Reasons Why" and "The Future of Us" "Fast-paced and crackling with action, Bosworth's gritty saga of a lightning-kissed girl with a dangerous gift kept me rapt until its final riveting pages. Struck is a striking debut." --Ransom Riggs, author of "Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children" "The premise is wonderful . . . This story has a solid build up and a terrific ending." --Terry Brooks, author of the Word & Void series