by Jennifer Bosworth
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Mia Price is a lightning addict. She's survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn't who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything. (Goodreads)
Mia has an addiction; lightning. She’s addicted to the lightning that has struck her more times than she can remember. This puts not only herself, but anyone around her in danger. With the city of Los Angeles in a state of disaster, two rivaling cults vying for her attention, and the end of the world bearing down on her shoulders, it’s up to Mia to find the power within herself to save the people she loves.
Mia was an interesting character. She was definitely determined to do whatever she had to do to keep her family safe, and she was not a person that was easily swayed. Her addiction to lightning was fascinating. Mia’s love interest in the story is the mysterious Jeremy. I like that the romance between the two didn’t overpower the storyline of the book. However, it did come off as a bit awkward and rushed for me. I think that is because I didn’t really know if I truly liked Jeremy up until the last few chapters of the book.
The world that the author created in the book was easy to envision, eerily enough. This is definitely something that I could see happening in real life; massive earthquakes, and other natural disasters leaving people displaced and helpless. And I could definitely see cults taking advantage of people’s fears during a time of chaos and doing exactly what happened in the book. The book had lots of action and suspense, and that definitely kept me flying through the pages.
Overall, I found this to be a very intriguing read. I was hooked to the pages. I should also mention that I love the cover, it's awesome! I’m very curious to read more from this author in the future.