Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 8, 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.
Though I had been wanting to read this book for forever, it took me about that long to actually do it. And when I did, I wished so much that I hadn't waited so long! It was a gorgeous, gorgeous book that I absolutely fell in love with. A unique dystopian with truly original elements, it also had elements of suspense and romance. There wasn't much not to love!
Mia is our impossible-not-to-love heroine. She's fiercely protective of her family and it's clear from the beginning she'd do anything for them. She has her own desires but she's willing to set them aside for her family. Mia also doesn't blindly trust, and she's smart enough not to do stupid things all the time but she's still human enough to make mistakes.
THE LOVE INTEREST
Jeremy constantly kept me guessing! I was never sure what side he was on, or what ulterior motives lay behind his actions. He was certainly a difficult character to trust. He's also something of a bad boy, which is so sexy I almost died. He's a bit unreliable in some ways and in the beginning it was really hard to get a grip on his character, but he was caring and seemed genuine, without giving too much away.
The best thing about Struck was easily its uniqueness. It's set apart from usual YA dystopians, and I mean that in a good way. It didn't feel like some overused idea but really felt unique.
I loved the science aspects, especially about all the lightning strikes. That was such an unusual and yet enjoyable element. The way it played into the story was also awesome.
The villain was also absolutely terrifying and gave me the creeps. I loved to hate him. He was so messed up in the head that I never knew what move he was going to do next.
This book also had a ton of plot twists, and also took a ton of turns I didn't expect. Unfortunately some things were a tad predictable, but overall I was still kept guessing.
I also am in love with the way it flows. It starts off relatively ordinary with hints at Mia's unique abilities, but it slowly transforms into something supernatural. It juxtaposes the beginning with both the climax and the end and puts more emphasis on everything in between.
This romance kept me guessing, but I loved it! Trying to figure out what was going on at any given point between Mia and Jeremy was so much fun. I loved their chemistry from the beginning, and the way they slowly grew to trust each other. It builds realistically over time, and there was no annoying instalove. It's sweet and hot at the same time.
It took me a little while to get really into this writing for some reason, but once I got used to it I was infatuated. Mia has an interesting voice, one that often fluctuates in tone. However, I think that in the end that's just how her character was. I also completely loved the world-building. All of the descriptions of the buildings and the weather and everything were so vivid and detailed.
As a standalone, this book came to the perfect ending. There's no sense of everything being completely over, and you can tell that there's still going to be a lot going on and a lot of pieces to pick up. It's a happy ending, but it isn't ridiculously fluffy. There's closure but there's also a bit of openness that ties everything together in the end.
I loved Struck much more than I would have expected to, and while I'm happy that it came to a spectacular ending I can't help wishing there was more. Still, I'll definitely be keeping tabs on Jennifer's future work! I'd absolutely recommend this to anyone who hasn't read it yet. It's an intense and sexy read that'll keep you immersed.
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