Review: Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Title: Struck
Author: Jennifer Bosworth
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 8th, 2012
Hardcover, 373 pages

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. (From Goodreads)

I wanted to like this book. I really did. The book trailer was absolutely stunning, and I really liked the description given, but it never lived up to my expectations. Not to say that there weren’t SOME good things about Struck. The world building was great– Bosworth’s descriptions of the post-earthquake LA were at times extremely realistic– and the idea of being struck by lightning and receiving you some sort of “powers” was really cool, but the way that sci-fi element was included didn’t turn out to be great. The cults could’ve been a great addition to this book, but I felt like they were overly religious most of the time, to the point of making fun of Christians, which I didn’t like in the least, no matter how much the author denies she was doing that.

Really, though, my biggest problem with this book was my lack of emotional investment in the characters. I honestly didn’t care what happened to any of them at all. If an author can’t make me feel sorry for at least one of the characters throughout the entire course of a nearly 400-page book, then in my opinion that book is not worth reading. I should WANT to know what’s going to happen to these characters, but that just didn’t happen for me in Struck, unfortunately.

I HATE giving a book a bad review, especially when I was so excited to read it. I really wanted to like it. The concept was intriguing, and the trailer and book cover are both great, but I honestly had a hard time making it through. There were several times I just wanted to quit, but I kept on reading anyway just because I thought it HAD to get better at some point. I suppose I was wrong.