published by: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
publish date: May 8, 2012
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.
I liked this book. I must have, I read it in like a day.
This was a great debut novel in the YA dystopian genre. Struck was an exciting read and I don't think it will disappoint most readers.
I keep reading that Mia was a lightning addict. I didn't pick up on that at all. To me, it didn't seem that she particularly wanted to be struck by lightning, she just couldn't help it. It was part of her life to be repeatedly struck by lightning. An addict would imply she sought out the lightning and wanted to be struck.
My one criticism with this book was the relationship between Mia and Jeremy. Her first contact with him is him trying to kill her. The next few scenes he's basically a stalker and a weirdo. Then BAM they're in love with each other. It's the bane of YA, instalove with a bad boy, but we keep reading it and loving it anyway don't we?
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