Book Review: Struck

Book Review: StruckStruck by Jennifer Bosworth
Series: Struck #1
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (BYR) on May 8th 2012
Pages: 373

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.

Girl with an addiction to lightning? Her city has fallen apart and she may be part of its only hope? Wow. My mind is going crazy with all the possibilities. Struck, you have a lot to live up to.
Mia Price is a lightning addict. Not exactly sure how she got the first hit. But once she did, she was hooked. Although, she does exactly look for the fix… lightning has a way of finding her. When Los Angeles is virtually destroyed by an unprecedented earthquake, the city and its people must find a way to survive. From the ashes, two opposing cult-like groups arise. And they both want Mia. But which group will she choose? And will she make the right choice in time?
Struck starts off with one heck of a premise. A lightning addict? Really? All I could think as I started Struck was this premise really had some potential. Sure, there are some really heavy books on out there that deal with addictions. But an elemental addiction was something completely new for me.
While the premise has incredible originality, Struck is not without its fair share of flaws. The world itself left me with probably more questions than answers. Los Angeles is falling apart. The world is coming to an end. But yet, I, as the reader, am given no clues, no hints as to what the world is like outside of this city. Logically speaking, in a natural disaster, aid comes in all forms from around the country, at least. Yet, Struck makes not a single reference to anything outside of the city. Maybe I missed something, but that just felt odd and a bit unrealistic.
Mia was a really interesting character. But some of the major details regarding her character is a bit fuzzy around the edges. It felt like instead of the reader starting at the beginning and working their way up with her and her past, we are instead starting at the middle… and might get a look at the very beginning if we are very lucky.  
Final Verdict:
Completely original. Great characters. Plenty of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. And truthfully, the issues that I did have with Struck were very minor overall. These small instances just rolled off me of me like they were nothing. Struck is a book that doesn't come around often.
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5 responses to “Book Review: Struck

  1. I have heard similar concerns about the world building but your thoughts have me proceeding in my purchase of it. Is this a series or trilogy?

  2. Seems to me world-building gets a brushed off a bit in the rush to get out all these futuristic tales, but I still love the genre. Great review! This one’s on my list.

  3. April (BooksandWine)

    I was a big fan of Struck, but I think a huge part of that was Prophet and the cult, seriously, I love that stuff.

    And yes, you are so right about what’s going on outside of LA, it would have been nice to know a little bit more. :-/

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