Sunday, 24 June 2012

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Goodreads Summery : 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 Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts : I have read many YA books, some with old concepts, some are utterly unique and Struck falls into that second category. A striking debut of author Jennifer Bosworth with an explosive fast paced plot, Struck is something that takes you to edge of excitement and leaves you screaming.

A World Falling Apart

“My name is Mia Price and I’m a lighting addict”

Mia is a lightning addict. Being struck by lightning so many times, she has developed sudden energy runs through her and some sort supernatural sixth sense. Lightning strike has also affected her physically, leaving scars all over her body. When a great earth quack hit and nearly destroyed the city of Los Angeles, left the once glamorous city in ruin.
Streets are full of homeless people looking for shelter, food and medicine. Two cults has risen, one that is led by a prophet and followers of god, the other that strictly oppose them and call themselves seekers of truth. Both the cults want Mia, for the unique power she got. Left with a devastating mother, and her own problems to deal with, Mia’s world started falling apart, until Jeremy showed up; the only comfort in her pain.

I found the book thrilling with some mystery and breathe catching special effect. Author Jennifer Bosworth has created a chilling futuristic world that is hopeless, where people believe nothing can save them other than god, where some believe there is no such thing as god otherwise they didn’t have to suffer like this. Blending of prophecy and tarot cards, theories about sixth seal and doomsday gave the book a brilliant nice touch with dramatic effect. The book has emotion, romance and action; I enjoyed every layer of it.

The Lighting Girl and Her Lover

Every character in the story has very important roles to play of their own and I loved how they developed individually. As the book was told from Mia’s perspective, it was hard to guess what’s going on into other’s mind. As the book progressed, the characters starts to uncover their actual motives, and trust me, some of them will leave you in shock.

“When you've been struck by lightning as many times as I have, you start to expect the worst pretty much all the time.”

Mia is a character I could easily connect me to. I felt her emotions and confusion, whom to trust and whom to not. She went through lot of situations where her trust was broken so many times but nothing could break her entirely. She is girl who can save the humanity and also posses the power to destroy it. I enjoyed her narration, straight, simple and descriptive, that you can easily imagine things like a visual playing in your mind.
Enter Jeremy, the guy who promises to keep her safe. Simplicity, decency and mysterious, these three words are enough to describe him. Did I mention how much I find a guy cute and intellectual in glasses? Jeremy has an influence on her decisions, and not denying he got influence on me too. But can actually he be trusted?

A choice can be difficult but there is always a way and sometimes you need to choose for others too. Struck is an electrifying and gripping novel. I’m little disappointed to know the book is a standalone cause I wanted to know afterwards. If you are looking for something different and new, then Struck is the book for you.

A review copy was provided to me by the publishing house in exchange for a honest review

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  1. I've heard very mixed reviews for this but as you pointed out, the very unique story draws me in. I will have to give this a shot.
    Thanks for the honest reviews.
    Janiera @ Books & Beauty

    1. Thank you Janiera, It would be great if you give a shot, and I hope you will not be disappointed :)

  2. Can't believt that i stil haven't read this. It sounds amazing! And have you seen the book trailer?! It's mind blowing!

    Great review! =D

    1. Thanks bookworm, and yes if you read the book, please let me know what do you think :)