Luckily, I'm able to listen to audio books occasionally at work. Because I highly believe that reviews are invaluable, I absolutely want to share them with you. Maybe you will discover a new favorite.
So here is the latest:
Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Struck is about Mia, a seventeen-year-old who is addicted to being struck by lightning. That is what hooked me. Lightning is crazy. Being addicted to it is crazier. Add to that a post-apocalyptic LA that has been ravaged by natural disasters. Of course, no disaster is complete without a cult and a secret society of sorts.
Bosworth described Mia's world very well. The "displaced", those who lost their homes during the disasters, and their almost feral demeanor at times born from fear and desperation, felt authentic. Everywhere Mia looked, loss upon loss. Her own world, consisting of her mother and brother, was not without its own type of loss. Her mother is suffering from a sort of PTSD from being trapped under the rubble, almost killed. Mia and her brother return to school only for the daily food rations promised to every attending student. And prices are so inflated that a few dollars won't even buy a loaf of bread. Mia even has to take her chances with a drug dealer for her mother's medication rather than buying them legally.
So what is going on in this horrible wasteland of a town? Well, the end of the world is coming. Some are aligning themselves with Prophet, the blind bible-thumper, eager to ring in the end of the world. Others are part of a group hoping to stop Prophet and his people from creating a storm that could do just that, end all. You see, there are others who have been hit by lightning, not just Mia. And it has left its mark on them in more ways than the visible red scars. They have power. And the more power Prophet collects, the more likely his plan will work. He only needs one more: Mia.
While Mia's world is well thought out and the storyline pretty solid, it began to waffle toward the end. Jeremy is the wild card of the story. He pops out of nowhere, a foe turned love interest. And though I appreciate his complicated backstory, he turned into a distraction for Mia. Almost as if this broken world only needed love to save it rather than a crusader with the capability to harness the power of lightning. With such a hefty world view set up, I can only feel that Bosworth missed her chance to impart some wisdom to Mia's plight, to relay a deeper message to the reader.
Unless that, in fact, was the deeper message: A broken world only needs love to save it.
If anyone has read or listened to Struck, I would love to hear your theories.
I'm sure you can find it in many places in many forms, but I feel that two links is acceptable. ;D