Author: Jennifer Bosworth
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Adults
A huge earthquake and lightning storm has devastated Los Angeles–-it’s building are dust and a serious chunk has been taken out of the population. In the midst of all this, Mia Price, her brother, Parker, and their mother are fighting to get enough food. They’re some of the lucky ones–-their house didn’t crumble in the earthquake like so many others. And Mia has a secret she has kept for a long time. She has been struck with lightning many times. In fact, she craves it. And when the Seekers, a group that claim they’re going to save the world, and Rance Ridley Prophet’s Followers, who seem to recruit and brainwash new Followers everyday, both say they need her, things are going to get ugly. And that’s before Jeremy shows up, a boy who tells her she can’t get involved with the Seekers. Soon Mia will be learning truths, lies, and the true power of love.
Teenage girls with a liking of novels that incorporate fantasy into everyday life will appreciate this book for what it is. Readers that enjoy novels that have post-disaster themes in them will enjoy this read for sure.
Struck is amazing. The story keeps you on your toes with the plot going in different directions that no reader could even imagine. A very strong female protagonist directs the story in her raw, funny, and, honest voice. Unfortunately, the first several chapters are hard to understand because of how fast the story moves. But it quickly begins to make sense.