Struck

Struck

Book - 2012
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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, in this young adult novel by Jennifer Bosworth.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, c2012
ISBN: 9781250027405
Branch Call Number: FIC Boswo
Characteristics: 376 p

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 24, 2017

A YA book chronicles the peculiar life of Mia Price, a teenage girl with the power of harnessing lightning energy and having to cope with her damaged mother and helping her family survive. Playing out like every other dystopian novel she is the most important variable for a rebel group trying to overtake the religious cult lead by a false prophet. She hesitantly joins the rebels and helps the city of angels get back on its feet after the earthquake disaster, which she might have caused, and falls in love along the way. This could have been a good book, except it just had to have the character make very poor decisions, the author didn't explore her powers enough, and suffered from way too many tropes.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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JAC_E
Jun 19, 2014

Good pacing and interesting characters. Mia, though she came across as slightly whiny, did the things that I would probably do in those situations. She was a believable character, though we wished otherwise at times. Her lightning addiction was well played out, but never fully explored, which left me wishing for more. And I thought the religious cults were interesting, if slightly overplayed. Instalove is always overblown in these sorts of YA novels, but I enjoyed the falling in love, especially as it became more about trusting each other. I don't think Jeremy's character was as well treated as Mia's (Why can't he say anything? Because she isn't ready? That never works out). But he worked well enough for a love interest. Overall, a fun read, but it felt a little flat after the brilliant YA books I've read recently. It was a fun book though, and I would recommend it to teens who are looking for something a little different in concept, but with a story that feel familiar.

KJtheEpicFailure Apr 12, 2013

I really enjoyed this book, and around three quarters of the way through I was totally hooked and could not put it down (I'm not lying -just ask my Geometry teacher). A cool plot and the characters were very well-made too. Great!

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pineapplemango
Aug 17, 2012

a little disappointed with this book...didn't really like the character development but overall, a fun read

chiangtingchen Jun 26, 2012

Pretty book. The plot was inviting, but I would of appreciated if it was a series.It was a good idea.

_hollister_ Jun 18, 2012

i agree. i hope this never happens!!

Indigomoody Jun 08, 2012

definitely an interesting idea but not my favorite

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pineapplemango
Aug 17, 2012

“A piece of advice: if you want to remain in control of a doomsday cult, don't give a date for the end of the world unless you're really, really sure it's going to happen. Being wrong tends to undermine your authority.”

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