If you’ve been reading my blog or have known me for awhile, chances are you know how much I LOVE a good cult. So, OF COURSE I could not resist Jennifer Bosworth’s debut Struck which totally delivers on its promise of cults. ALSO you guys I am going to use the word cults like a million times in this review because I get so excited about them.
Mia Price, main character of Struck, is totally addicted to getting struck by lightening. In fact, she’s developed a sort of power from it, like an X-Man. Anyway, this insane lightening storm hits LA where she lives and causes a HUGE earthquake (FYI my boyfriend majored in geology, but I am not sure I have the attention span to listen to him explain if that could happen). So yeah, medicine is on the black market and food is scarce since most of LA was destroyed. There’s also this guy who you can tell is a total douche because he named himself Prophet who is playing on all the fear and uncertainty to get people to join his cult. OH and there is this mysterious boy named Jeremy who Mia has the hots for.
Full disclosure, I had mad anxiety while reading Jennifer Bosworth’s Struck. This might be because of my survival instinct or the fact that I am am heartless, but Mia’s mom has PTSD, right. And I know I should have been an understanding reader, but the whole time I’m thinking lady your kid’s life is at risk from taking care of you, get your act together. AND I KNOW THAT IS SO WRONG TO SAY, but gahh I was on edge the whole time.
Luckily, Mia Price falls into the Katniss Everdeen school of heroines. She does what she needs to do to survive and take care of her family, even if it means putting herself in a bad situation. Like, buying the black market drugs for her mom is definitely a risk, but girl gets out there like a hustla and does her duty to family. I can admire that even if I’m like, oh come on.
And okay. Usually I talk about the romance and the XXX but that wasn’t nearly as important to me in my reading of Struck as the cult which was AWESOME because omg you guys. They proselytize and are holier than thou and walk around in white clothing. AND HAVE TENT REVIVALS HALLELUJAH! AND AND AND a TV show.
I think if you are a weirdo about cults like me, you’ll be into Struck. Also? The paranormal lightening element is really, really cool. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth is definitely a debut to watch for.
Disclosure: Received For Review.