Author: Jennifer Bosworth
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux BYR
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Series: Struck, book one
About the Book: 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. (goodreads)
My Thoughts: I picked up this book simply because it is part of the Fierce Reads tour. (I'll be attending the stop in Naperville tomorrow and cannot wait!) Once I read the summary I was struck (ha ha ha ha ha. Clever, clever me!) with how unique it sounded. A lightning addict? Like, someone who actually craves getting struck? Clearly I needed to know more.
Struck is set in a very near future L.A. Like, it could be next year kind of thing. The US has been struck by a number of natural disasters and is involved in multiple wars. After a huge earthquake devastates L.A. the situation is ripe for the rise of cults, secret societies, and prophets. As the book summary says, Mia is caught between two opposing cults. Both believe that she is crucial to their cause and they aren't opposed to manipulating her to get what they want. She isn't really sure what or who to believe. This really adds to the desperation of her situation. It makes the pace of the story almost frantic. From the get go we know that there are only three days until the storm. Mia is running out of time and options.
The other aspect of the book that had me really interested was the ways in which Mia and others were affected by the lightning strikes. Their abilities were intriguing to read about. I was particularly interested in Mia's history and what had happened before L.A.
Struck is a fast paced read great for those interested in something a little different. The ending leaves the reader satisfied yet is open enough for readers looking for more. It certainly is a Fierce Read!