Thursday, May 10, 2012

Struck

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
4/5 stars
Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012
373 pages
YA Paranormal Apocalyptic

Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I wasn't too sure about the idea of a lightning addict but after some early reviews mentioned the presence of cults, I was one-hundred percent sold on this book. I love reading about cults-those kinds of books are made of win! And there are actually two cults in this book, with opposing agendas but similar methods. The circumstances that have given rise to the cults make perfect sense; after an earthquake that destroyed ten square miles of Los Angeles and its environs, many are dead or severely injured and chaos reigns. Turning to a man claiming to be a prophet who can heal and predict the future is an entirely plausible reaction. The other cult is much smaller but also requires obedience from its members and speaks in similar language to the first cult. But both desire the presence of our main character Mia Price.

Mia is one of the "lucky" survivors, living with her brother and her heavily drugged mother who spends her time watching the Prophet on TV in an effort to cope with her experience during the earthquake. I love when characters are fiercely protective of their families and really identified with Mia as she struggled to make some tough decisions. I didn't always agree with her but reading about her justifications in regards to taking care of her family, I could understand them. The other element about Mia is that she has been struck by lightning multiple times, leaving her body below the head covered with tell-tale scars and filling her with mysterious powers that are highly desired by both cults. Their efforts to recruit her and her attempts to resist drive the majority of the plot.

Each cult is clearly defined but their goals are shadowy, something Mia tries to investigate. I did get a bit confused with the paranormal powers possessed by the different members but I think I got what was important. While the book didn't end in a cliffhanger, there does seem to be the possibility of another book, which I would be interested in reading.

Another element (and a disappointment for me) was the love story. While I loved that Jeremy wore glasses (yay for spectacles!), I didn't feel that he had much of a personality nor was I sure about why Mia was attracted to him. I actually really liked militia man Brent (who has a taser!) much more in the few scenes he had. Jeremy's history is revealed more toward the end (although I figured out his secrets way before then so you might too), which filled in more of his personality but he still reminds kind of a cipher for me and therefore not swoonworthy.

I would have liked to have more of a sense of what was going on outside of L.A. We are told that people are fleeing the area but are they going to a better situation? How has the rest of the US been affected by the disasters here? I understand keeping the focus on Mia and her life but I would have liked a bit more information about this.

Overall: A solid debut with some exciting action scenes.

Cover: As a fan of covers with pink and/or a pretty dress, this isn't very appealing to me but I do think it captures the novel in a way that those elements would not.

7 comments:

  1. YAY! I keep reading so many mixed reviews about this book so I'm really happy that you liked it -- I'm officially giving myself the okay to check it out! ;) A lot of people have been having problems with not agreeing with some things that Mia does too, but I'm glad that you can at least understand why she does them instead of blindly wondering how she could do it! x)

    Amazing & thorough review as always, B! :) <3 I can't wait to pick this book up!

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  2. I think I'd pick the guy with the taser too! Although, I'm not sure I could fall for a guy named Brent...cause that's my dad's name. LOL This is the 3rd awesome review of Struck I've seen today! :)

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  3. I absolutely loved this book, there was something about it that made you hooked from page one and had you guessing what would happen next. There were many twists and turns in the book that had you holding your breath and there was a great ending. A must read for 2012

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  4. I have been wanting to read this book, it seems like it was new and different and that made me excited to read it! Great Review!

    your newest follower,
    Kristin
    youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com

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  5. I am on the look-out for a new dystopia series to start and this one does sound good. But those questions you ask..that would bother me too. I like to know about the world

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  6. I was not a huge Jeremy fan either, but completely and totally loved the cult bits, like that was my FAVORITE part of the whole book.

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  7. Great review. I can't wait to read this one! I've read some mixed reviews on it but overall I think it sounds like fun!

    PS: I love the cover -- I gravitate toward grey, gritty, dystopian-looking covers. :D

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