Waiting on Wednesday- Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine highlighting upcoming books that we are eagerly anticipating.

This week I am featuring Struck, Jennifer Bosworth’s post-apocalyptic/paranormal debut.

From Goodreads:

Mia Price is a lightning addict.

She’s been struck so many times she’s lost count. She can’t sleep, she’s covered in veiny red “lightning scars,” and repeated strikes have even stopped her heart on occasion. Still, Mia can’t resist a storm.

That’s why Los Angeles, where it never rains, is the perfect place for her to find peace . . . until a massive earthquake devastates the city.

Now Mia finds herself struggling to hold her family together in a strange and terrifying new version of Los Angeles. The beaches have become massive tent cities populated by millions of homeless. Downtown is a wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the attendees drawn to the destruction by a magnetic force they cannot deny.

The blind prophet of a doomsday cult called the Church of Light, who predicted the earthquake with frightening accuracy, says a storm is coming to usher in the end of days, and only his Followers will be saved. Mia’s traumatized mom has become obsessed with the Church of Light, while her younger brother Parker is desperate to join a second doomsday cult called the Seekers. But Mia is the one both cults need.

The Seekers are recruiting people with an energy-based power they call the “Spark,” and Mia has it stronger than most. They claim the false prophet of the Church of Light will bring about the end of the world, and they are the only ones who can stand against him.

But without Mia on their side, they will fail.

Mia’s lightning addiction is both the key to saving the world . . . and destroying it.

Being a Los Angeles native, the massive earthquake aftermath story strikes a chord with me. The supernatural and religious aspects of the plot also set it apart from other dystopian/post-apocalyptic books. It sounds like a fascinating and exciting read. Hopefully nothing like this happens in 2012 though…

STRUCK is published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan and is due to hit shelves on May 8, 2012.


11 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday- Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

  1. Natalie says:

    This is on my to-read list as well! It sounds pretty crazy!

  2. I like that the story is based around a girl with a lightning addiction, that sounds like a really cool concept! Great pick :0)

    My WOW

  3. Oooh, I hadn’t heard of this one yet. Thanks for sharing it, it’s so going on my wishlist!

  4. bookchelle says:

    This sounds interesting. Maybe I’ll add it on my to-read list. The cover looks familiar, but I suppose all of the covers are starting to look the same, heh.

  5. Very unique! Thanks for sharing this “sparky” tale. And for visiting my blog….

  6. Jessica says:

    Huh, that’s a really interesting concept for a story! Being struck by lightning? I’m really curious to see how it turns out! Great pick!!

    Here’s my WoW!

  7. I featured this last week or so, and it sounds AWESOME! The concept and the cover both 🙂

  8. bookmonkey says:

    Thanks for your comment on my WoW! 🙂 Love your pick. Can’t go wrong with a good bit of paranormal fiction! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Mrs. Andersen says:

    I’ve had my eye on this one for a while now. It sounds awesome and I love the cover! Great pick this week 🙂

  10. SimplyMe says:

    Seen this around a lot lately. Looks good, thanks for sharing!

    WoW-Book Addict

  11. Donna says:

    I love dystopian theme books but you’re right, the paranormal and religious aspects of this book sets this one apart and makes it even more appealing. I can’t wait to read this one. And just think, if something like this does happen in 2012, us dystopian readers will at least be prepared!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker

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