From the Publisher
“With a complex plot, several intriguing characters, and a believable future L.A., this novel should earn a spot on supernatural romance shelves.” School Library Journal
“Part apocalyptic survival fiction, part supernatural romance, this taut novel is entirely absorbing.” Horn Book
“A creative premise and developed setting with a fast, fun . . . plot.” Kirkus Reviews
“Bosworth's debut catches attention with vivid descriptions and a snazzy premise.” Publishers Weekly
“Cinematic! Struck builds into a massive, darkening, electric storm of a novel.” Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us
“Fast-paced and crackling with action, Bosworth's gritty saga of a lightning-kissed girl with a dangerous gift kept me rapt until its final riveting pages. Struck is a striking debut.” Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children
“The premise is wonderful . . . This story has a solid build up and a terrific ending.” Terry Brooks, author of the Word & Void series
The Los Angeles of Bosworth’s post-apocalyptic vision is doubly damned. First, the city is brought down by a massive earthquake. Then, as the story opens four weeks later, the countdown to the real apocalypse has begun. The rubble is contested by the Followers of Prophet, a quasi-Christian end-times movement that rules the airwaves, and the Seekers, a cult that brands its members and follows the prophecies of a gypsy. Caught between is 17-year-old Mia Price, a self-described “lightning addict” who has survived innumerable direct strikes and craves more. She carries what the Seekers call “the Spark” and is seen by both sides as the key to the approaching cataclysm. Somewhere in the mix, there’s Jeremy, a stalker and maybe worse, who is also the only person asking nothing of Mia except to stay out of the fray. Bosworth’s debut catches attention with vivid descriptions and a snazzy premise that speak to her screenwriting background. But the supporting characters are, by and large, two-dimensional, and the book’s forward momentum is halted by Mia’s inaction and emotional paralysis. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jamie Weiss Chilton, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (May)
author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of U Jay Asher
Cinematic! Struck builds into a massive, darkening, electric storm of a novel.
author of Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Child Ransom Riggs
Fast-paced and crackling with action, Bosworth's gritty saga of a lightning-kissed girl with a dangerous gift kept me rapt until its final riveting pages. Struck is a striking debut.
Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
Seventeen year old Mia Price is not like most other teenagers. Mia finds herself in between a great conflict. Should she save the world or follow the intense possibility of an amazing love? After being struck by lightning several times, Mia realizes her lightning scars hold great power. After a catastrophic earthquake in Los Angeles, California, Mia quickly becomes the interest of two rival groups. One group is a cult who believes Mia is the vital key to their vision of the apocalypse and the other group is desperately trying to get her to aid in stopping the Followers. These two groups will do anything to keep Mia in their sight and under their grasp. When Mia meets Jeremy things seem to change. The attraction between them is intense and he has vowed to protect her at any cost. Does Jeremy really have Mia's best interest at heart or is he just trying to get close to her like the other groups? Will she be able to walk away from love to save the world? Reviewer: Lisette Baez
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Mia Price has been struck by lightning countless times; she actually enjoys the experience. Her repeated brushes with electricity have given her powers that she neither understands nor knows how to use. The teen moves to Los Angeles not long before the largest earthquake in recent history nearly destroys the city, leaving it in chaos. Mia, her brother, and their mother, who is suffering from Acute Stress Disorder, are fortunate to live in an area where the houses still stand. In the aftermath of the disaster, a man who calls himself Prophet is using fear and religion to try to control the city by claiming to have a direct line to God. When Mia and her brother finally return to school, she meets the Seekers, another faction vying for power. Both the Seekers and the Prophet's Followers are trying to get Mia to join them, and she wants nothing to do with either group. Her life is further complicated by the arrival of hottie Jeremy, who is mysterious, psychic, and may or may not be on Mia's side. As the story builds toward a final battle, Mia struggles to find her place in this new world. With a complex plot, several intriguing characters, and a believable future L.A., this novel should earn a spot on supernatural romance shelves. Drinking, drug use, and Mia's sexual exploration make it most suitable for mature readers.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
Doomsday cults play tug-of-war over a teenage girl who loves getting struck by lightning in Bosworth's debut. After lightning hits a fault line and causes a terrible earthquake in Los Angeles, survivors seek hope. Many turn to a charismatic fundamentalist who predicted the earthquake and promises salvation from end times to his followers. Others, like Mia Price, strive for a return to normalcy--even though a girl who's struck by lightning countless times is anything but normal. While trying to keep her family fed and her mother, badly traumatized by the earthquake, in one piece, Mia attracts attention from both the fundamentalist sect and a secret society that opposes them. In the span of one day, recruiters from both parties approach her, one wearing white and one black to help readers tell just how opposed they are. Prophecies and visions all point to Mia as the key to the upcoming end of the world (in three days, warns Prophet), as surviving even a single lightning strike can grant a person supernatural abilities. But mysterious, handsome Jeremy warns her from choosing either side and offers a very sudden relationship. While the solid structure relies too heavily on formula, resulting in predictability, the pacing moves the narrative along quickly, suiting the time-sensitive plot. A creative premise and developed setting with a fast, fun and easy ride of a plot. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
Read an Excerpt
I don’t sleep much. An hour here. Two hours there. Chronic insomnia, it’s one of my more tolerable lightning strike aftereffects. Not as bad as the veiny red scars that cover me from neck to toes, or the burning in my chest that flares hotter when I get a little emotional. Insomnia? Eh. It could be worse (and usually is). Most people wish they had more hours in the day. I keep almost the full twenty-four.
When I go to bed at night, it’s not with the intention to sleep. If sleep happens, great. If it doesn’t, well, that’s something I’ve gotten used to.
So when I opened my eyes and saw a guy standing over my bed, I had to assume I’d finally fallen asleep. And when I noticed the shiny silver knife gripped in his hand—the kind of pretty, decorative blade that has no practical application but murder—I decided this was not a dream I wanted to see through to the end. It would have been nice to stay asleep a bit longer, but now I was going to have to wake myself before Nightmare Boy used his knife to gut me.
“Wake up, Mia,” I told myself in a voice that came out hoarse and scratchy, like it would have if I’d actually awakened.
The guy startled back from my bed. He dropped the knife and it fell straight down and stuck in the wood floor with a thunk. Must be sharp. He scrambled to yank it free, but looked unsure what to do with it after that. His face was in shadow, but his wide, white eyes and jerky movements told me he was as scared as I was supposed to be. As far as nightmares went, he wasn’t too bad. I decided to stay asleep.
I closed my eyes, hoping I’d open them to a new dream.
But there were no more dreams that night, only Nightmare Boy’s soft, retreating footsteps.
When I opened my eyes again, feeling as though I hadn’t slept at all, it was the morning I’d been dreading. The morning when my brother, Parker, and I would return to school for the first time since the quake.
We had a dream dictionary kicking around the house somewhere. If I consulted it, I was pretty sure it would confirm my suspicion that a knife in your dream was a bad omen. Not that I needed an omen to give me the heads-up that this day was going to suck.
As I dragged myself out of bed, I noticed a small split in the floor, right about where Nightmare Boy’s knife had lodged itself in the floorboards. Strange. Then again, there were plenty of other little cracks and splits on the old floor of my restored attic bedroom.
I put thoughts of the dream away. I had bigger problems—real problems—to worry about. I didn’t know what to expect back at school, but if the changes that had taken root throughout the rest of the city were any indication, I should probably give in and expect the worst, as usual.
Thanks for the warning, Nightmare Boy. Not that it’ll do me any good.
Copyright © 2012 by Jennifer Bosworth