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Struck Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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“...compelling.” ―BCCB

“With a complex plot, several intriguing characters, and a believable future L.A., this novel should earn a spot on supernatural romance shelves.” ―School Library Journal

“Part apocalyptic survival fiction, part supernatural romance, this taut novel is entirely absorbing.” ―Horn Book

“A creative premise and developed setting with a fast, fun...plot.” ―Kirkus

“Bosworth's debut catches attention with vivid descriptions and a snazzy premise…” ―Publishers Weekly

“Cinematic! Struck builds into a massive, darkening, electric storm of a novel.” ―Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us

“Fast-paced and crackling with action, Bosworth's gritty saga of a lightning-kissed girl with a dangerous gift kept me rapt until its final riveting pages. Struck is a striking debut.” ―Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children

“The premise is wonderful . . . This story has a solid build up and a terrific ending.” ―Terry Brooks, author of the Word & Void series

About the Author

Jennifer Bosworth lives in Los Angeles, California, where lightning hardly ever strikes, but when it does she takes cover. She is the writer half of a writer/director team with her husband, Ryan Bosworth. Learn more about her at www.jenniferbosworth.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374372837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374372835
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By MaryBookSwarm VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Positive: Cults. Granted with cults, there comes a lot of religion woven throughout the story. However, it's never preachy--it's just a fact of life. The world is coming to an end. It's only logical that many people would turn to religion and, from the masses regaining (or finding) faith, an enigmatic prophet--The Prophet--emerges. He's a man with a plan, one that involves Mia and her lightning-struck self. To some, Mia can save the world. But others fear she'll end it and seek to destroy her first.

Positive: A storm is coming... There's such wonderful build-up about Mia and her potential. I wanted a lot more of Mia and her fascination and connection with lightning and I'm hoping that might evolve in the next novel. She's drawn to the lighting in sick kind of way. It calls to her and, each time she's struck, she adds another disfiguring scar to her collection. Still, she knows when a storm is coming and seeks it out. More lightning and Mia using that lightning to kick butt, please!

Positive/Wish: Jeremy's seemingly dual personalities. When Jeremy first arrives on the scene, he's been stalking Mia, standing outside of her house and staring. At one point, he even breaks into her house and stands over her with a knife. He's supposed to kill her but he can't. Despite his murderous, stalkerish ways (which I wish were a bit less...intense), Jeremy grew on me. He's mysterious (aren't they all?) but he's also sweet, once he decides not to do what he's ordered to do, and he truly cares for Mia and wants what's best for her, unlike just about everyone else in the story.

Wish: Look before you leap, Mia. Being a teen in a pretty terrible world, Mia doesn't always have the luxury of taking her time with things.
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I had a tough time with this book. I liked the setting (disaster and mayhem in LA in the wake of a cataclysmic earthquake) and I liked the resolution but it took me FOREVER (as in, a couple of a days) to get into this book. I was very frustrated by how Mia kept going back to the Seekers when they were obviously lying to her and only giving her half truths. Katrina's actions in particular had me shaking my head. Actually, I think the problem was that Katrina would lie, manipulate, and blackmail Mia and Mia would just kind of be "Oh, well. Don't do it again. You've lost my trust. Oh, you have something else to tell me? Okay. Bring it on." That these people who so desperately wanted her on their side during the upcoming fight were willing to risk her life and force her against her will to join them didn't sit well with me. Even the leader of the Seekers told Mia at one point that he didn't sanction Katrina's ways and then he turned around and tried to psychically force Mia to join them.

I did like the desperation in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. Between the food shortages, the intermittent loss of water, and the displaced roaming the streets looking for handouts, it created a feeling of hopelessness and despair that was wonderfully creepy. I liked Jeremy. I liked Jeremy with Mia. I liked that they generated heat -- in a literal sense. My biggest obstacle was that during the first half of the book I kept putting it down and scowling at it balefully whenever the factions would try to recruit Mia to their respective sides.

Did the second half of the book make up for this? I... don't know. I liked the ending up to a point. I liked that we got a pretty awesomely badass conclusion with lots of lightning and people running around all frantic and scared.
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Warring religious cults battling for power after an apocalypse level disaster shreds civil order, a teenage girl irresistibly drawn to lightning which scars her body and bestows a power she can't control, Los Angeles in ruins after a powerful storm destabilizes a geological fault and sets off a calamitous earthquake--it can't get much more exciting than that.

Mia Price, lightning addict. has survived countless strikes and so is being pursued by both the Seekers and the Followers, rival cults who hope to make use of her power, but Mia is more concerned about keeping her family safe. Her mother is in thrall to the telegenic leader of the Followers and her brother is far too trusting for his own good in the barely functioning world they now live in. There's also a cute but enigmatic and possibly dangerous boy, Jeremy, who's constantly showing up and telling Mia what she should do but refusing to explain why.

I'm always slightly irritated by stories that depend on people not explaining themselves, but, that weakness aside, for me Struck lives up to its high tension premise. The strong relationship between Mia and her family gives this aftermath of a disaster story a poignant intimacy, and I love that the author made belief movements spawned by calamity part of the plot.
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I can honestly say that I have never heard of a book quite like Struck. I couldn't have been more fascinated by the idea of the main character being a girl who has been struck by lightning countless times and has become a lightning addict as a result. As you might imagine, the concept of a lightning addict makes for a wholly unique character and plot. Add cults into the mix and you just know you're in for an eerie story with many twists and turns. Struck, with its apocalyptic setting and hair-raising plot, succeeded in providing a fantastic story and an overall striking reading experience.

Mia is such a fascinating character that I couldn't help but pay close attention to all aspects of her personality and ability. She has had to deal with much in her life and, unfortunately for her, things are about to get even more complicated. She deals with her obstacles in a firm and forthright manner that you can't help but admire. As a result, she is a truly compelling character that never ceased to draw me fully into the story, something which I always appreciate. As if that weren't enough, the descriptions of both the marks left upon her body by her lightning encounters as well as the abilities she has developed as a result make her all the more a kick-butt character. I couldn't get enough of reading the story from her point of view.

At first I was concerned about the intensity of the religious extremists that are such a large part of this book. However, I found that it didn't bother me and only served to add to the intensity of the story, itself. The cults serve as an example of the dangers of megalomania. Prophet and his sycophants are truly horrifying, much more so than their counterpart, and gave me several chills throughout the story.
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