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Struck Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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“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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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. I didn't like that the very people who lied to Mia -- and who are still withholding information from her -- were welcomed into her house with open arms once all was said and done. Dude. They lied to you. Repeatedly. Yeah, maybe they redeemed themselves somewhat at the end, but you don't need to invite them to your birthday party.
Here's the part where I'm really conflicted -- I don't know if I'd recommend this book based on how hard it was for me to get into, but I still want to see what happens next. Dangit.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
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.
Jennifer Bosworth created a world that would be terrifying to visit but she wrote it in a way that made me glad I was there watching everything through Mia's point of view. I believe it's the laid back tone she uses that keeps the pages turning. And I loved how she used the main character (can't give away the ending but it has something to do with lightning) during the pinnacle of the story and when I reached the end I was glad I read the entire book.
The story was executed well and it kept me turning the pages until I had to put it down and go to bed; I work dayshift and I have to get up early. As the story unfolds the passages and dialogue become increasingly dark and engaging but the overall tone of the book is nonchalant and at times sarcastic. The voice will at times become dark and scary but it's not something you can't handle.
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