Struck (Struck #1)
by Jennifer Bosworth
Published May 8th 2012
by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR
Struck is nothing like I'd expected. The story is more about the religious undertones than about a special girl who can harness lightning. What with all the emphasis on the Prophet, the end of days and everything that sometimes I feel as if I'm reading some religious text instead of a YA novel.
What is not reflected in the blurb is that the book concentrates so much on how people cope with an impending doom and how religious cults can actually influence people in their lives which is kind of creepy and disturbing for me.
I can't help but imagine the Village of the Damned children when reading about the Prophet and his all white and creepy Twelve Apostles who are all teens and young ones. Super creepy.
If the story focus more on Mia's awesome lightning power than I've would have enjoy it more. But a lot of it is about her struggle to survive and keeping her younger brother and delusional mother alive and sane which proves to be a daunting task since two different cults are trying to force them to join. The pre requisite handsome guy; Jeremy provides a distraction for Mia and the ending which is done in a grandeur setting might appeal to some but is totally expected and doesn't provide for that extra something that the book needs.
Recommended for: dystopian fans
Verdict: 3 stars.
In my Debut Author Reading Challenge
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