Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review of Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Title: Struck
Author: Jennifer Bosworth
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Released: 2012
Summary: Mia and lightning have a strange attraction to each other. Mia has been struck countless times resulting in scars all over her body and a strange, burning sensation in her chest when her emotions become too strong. Mia and her family move to Los Angeles after an incident occurs in their old town. Then Los Angeles is struck with a freak lightning storm and devastating earthquake. In the aftermath of the disaster a man calling himself The Prophet has sprung up. He and his apostles are preaching the end of the world in the very near future. There is also another group roaming the waste that call themselves the Seekers. Both groups are after people with the Spark of Light. People in possession of this Spark all have one thing in common, they have all been struck by lightning. Mia, who has been struck more times than anyone else, is that one both groups want and are pursuing. Who should Mia trust, who should she join, and just what is her ultimate role during this pivotal time? Can she save the world or will she end it and what role does the mysterious and cute Jeremy play in this whole thing? An interesting debut novel where being Struck isn't the only thing to worry about.
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book. It had a very interesting concept and a very cinematic feel. The world portrayed was terrifying and dismal, but made for very interesting reading. Struck captured my attention and showed just how twisted human kind can really be.
While I enjoyed this book, there was some things that I felt could have made the story better. It seemed the story started in a middle point. I would have loved for the book to start with the terror and destruction of the earthquake. I think starting with the earthquake would have made made for a better and more exciting beginning to the story.
I enjoyed Mia's character, but I especially enjoyed the cinematic feel of the story. I could see the broken down Los Angeles in my mind with Tentville, the Followers in white, and the one lone Tower still standing in the Waste.
A very interesting concept and overall very enjoyable story. Struck offers up disaster on a massive scale and shows how unequipped we are to actually deal with one.

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