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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.
Struck, by Jennifer Bosworth **** I enjoyed this, although there was a ton going on. It took me a while to follow, as the city (Los Angeles) was already reeling from a huge event which happened before the story began. I almost wished the author had started with that event (since I regularly felt that I'd missed half the story)...still, once I put it all together, it was good. I thought the premise was intriguing, though I will admit that the cliche/trope of having one character keep secrets from another was annoying. Even when Jeremy reveals *why* he held back (and it was a pretty good reason), I was still irritated. It's rare that such a trope works well (imo). That said, I read the whole book, and I thought the ending, though very dramatic, pretty satisfying. The story: Mia has been struck by lightening so many times that she had red 'lightening' veins all over her body. She doesn't think much of it, until a large earthquake destroys much of her city -- and a man rises up, claiming to be the Prophet, and declares that the next natural disaster will kill them all. Suddenly, Mia is drawing attention from both the Prophet's followers and a group who opposes the Prophet -- and both say she's necessary to the salvation of the world. In the middle is a boy named Jeremy, who claims that he's only interested in saving Mia...but he won't tell her why or how he knows what her role(s) could be. As the city continues to struggle and becomes more and more divided, the coming storm *does* seem to be drawn to Mia...and she must decide whom to believe and what to do with that belief. (YA sci fi/dystopic, released 5/12, publisher: FSG)
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