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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Struck is an intense adventure set in Los Angeles in the wake of a huge earthquake, and its protagonist is a teen girl who possesses a special power from having been struck by lightning many times. The novel features a handful of violent scenes, including a fight with a drug dealer, the threat of being branded during an initiation ceremony, and a showdown full of blood and uncontrolled electricity. There's a small amount of profanity, and the romance involves a few passionate kisses.
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What's the story?
Having been struck many times, Mia Price is now addicted to lightning. As she, her mother, and her brother attempt to put their lives back together in post-major-earthquake Los Angeles, Mia finds herself being courted by two strange factions at school, one of which is led by a religious prophet who claims that the apocalypse will arrive in three days. With the help of a mysterious boy, she prepares for a final, fiery confrontation that may bring an end to everyone she loves.
Is it any good?
STRUCK has an intriguing premise and features a well-drawn protagonist facing an usual conflict. Author Jennifer Bosworth keeps the action moving swiftly across only three days of narrative time. The final showdown is suitably electric, but some readers might wish for a twistier resolution.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why readers find stories about the apocalypse so compelling. Why do you think so many of the world's religions feature stories about the end of the world?
In Struck, Mia is addicted to being struck by lightning. How do real-life addictions affect people's behavior?
What kinds of precautions can people take to maximize safety in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster?
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