By Jennifer Bosworth
Available 8 May 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.
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
They say lightening doesn’t strike twice. Mia is proof that is does. Mia has been struck by lightening many times, the lightening seems to seek her out. Instead of being afraid of it she is addicted to the lightening strikes. Every time is different for her, but the one constant is that she wants to feel the energy course through her body.
Mia’s family moved to Los Angeles to escape the lightening. They also moved to escape Mia’s past and the things people knew or thought about her in their old home town. Life isn’t what you’d expect in LA, since the city was destroyed by a massive earthquake. An earthquake some believe was caused by lightening. Mia doesn’t know what to think about the storm that happened the night of the earthquake, but she knows it wasn’t an ordinary storm.
The majority of people who live in LA now live in tents and live desperate lives. Food, clean water, and medication are scarce. Mia’s mother was hurt in the earthquake and has needed medication ever since, so Mia does what she has to to take care of her family. That also includes going to school with her brother. The children of LA attend school for food and they need it to support their family. Once they start back to school strange things start to happen. People Mia knew before have changed drastically. There are also people Mia has never met before who act as though they own the school.
Mia wants nothing to do with any of them. She wants to keep her family safe and avoid the cults. For reasons Mia can’t understand the cults are more than casually interested in her. Of course there is also a guy. She has never seen Jeremy before, but something about him draws her in. He tells her not to trust either group and he knows more about her than she believes is possible. Should she trust him or try to stay out of all of it?
I love Mia’s character. Strong characters who look out for their families first are the kind I love to get to know. She craves lightening but she’s also been damaged by it and has regrets. She has scars all over her body that she attempts to hide. There have been people in her life who have been hurt by her addiction while she always recovered. Mia is strong but wants to escape from that part of her life.
Mia’s little brother is a wonderful contrast to her. He is more sensitive and wants to help everyone, while doesn’t want to get involved. He is looking for answers but she wants to move on. His soft side makes her strength more apparent. Not everyone could hold their family together the way Mia does, even if she doesn’t always make the right decision.
Jeremy is the love interest in this one, but I really couldn’t see it. We don’t know much about him, only that he knows everything about Mia and helps her after she fails to listen to his warnings to avoid bad situations. Without knowing who he is or if he is hiding anything from her, Mia soon falls for Jeremy. There are plenty of reasons this seems like a strange and bad idea. It’s hard to see coming back from that. I do feel that there could have been more solid reasons for them to fall for each other, something to make forgiving the past more understandable. Instead it happens too easily with too little solid information shared.
When Mia finds out why the cults want her she won’t believe it. Despite her ability to survive multiple lightening strikes, the things they tell her don’t seem possible. Regardless of what she believes or how much she doesn’t want to get involved life isn’t that easy for Mia. When she’s forced to choose a side it means more to her than which cult she’ll unwillingly join. It’ll mean everything.
If you enjoy reading about a city in chaos, people who are more than they appear, rival cults battling for what they want, and a girl who holds the answer to how it will all play out sounds appealing to you then pick up Struck in May.