One month after a major earthquake has leveled Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Mia Price faces a cult convinced that her unique history of lightning strikes is the key to their apocalyptic vision. But there is another group that seeks Mia’s help in stopping the Followers. And neither side is willing to lose her. Then Mia meets a boy who will do everything he can to protect her, or so it seems. When the two factions collide, Mia discovers the lightning scars she hides reveal a staggering power. But it means she must choose saving the world over the possibility of love.
Los Angeles is devastated and struggling from a massive earthquake that occured recently. People are without homes and food, and they will go to any lengths to protect themselves. Mia Price is struggling to take care of her younger brother, Parker, and her mother who was found buried under a building for three days. Things get even harder when she soon finds out that two cult like groups want her unknown special powers to save the world.
When I first started this book, I was really excited and nervous at the same time. As many people believe that the world is going to end on December 21, 2012, I find it a little hard to read about the end of the world. Putting that aside, I had a specific image in my head of what was going to go down in this book. I pictured collapsed buildings, caved in freeways, a starving girl who struggles to survive. I guess I kind of pictured her a little bit like Katniss from The Hunger Games. The first few chapters were exactly how I envisioned the book. However, things started to take a turn for the worse pretty soon.
A big problem that I had with this book was how unrealistic it was. If the world was coming to an end and food was scarce to find, people would be doing everything they could to get their hands on a little nourishment. Mia’s school offered daily rations to every student who completed a full day of school after the earthquake. However, I counted at least two times that she was too fed up to go obtain her rations. There were also many times that she refused to eat at home. Bosworth talked a lot about how you could practically see Mia and Parker’s ribs, but they weren’t eating very much. I just found this to be really unrealistic.
The character of Parker drove me insane. Have you ever watched The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock? Remember S.J, the little boy? Imagine if S.J was never cast as a little kid. Instead, he was a 16-year-old teenager? To me, that it would be horrifying! S.J. was meant to be a little boy. Well, that’s the problem I had with Parker. Parker was a teenager who was meant to be a child. I really wanted Mia to have this little brother that she had to look out for. I felt that that would have added a lot of spark and backbone to the novel. However, that just didn’t happen. I found myself resenting Parker’s character because of this reason.
The thing with the two cult like groups who wanted Mia on their side was really awkward and weird. I also had a bit of a problem with all of the religion that got tossed around in this book. I have no problem with religion, but I often felt like I was being preached to. I also just could not get in to any of the characters. I feel like this book had so much potential, and it just didn’t live up to it.
One thing that I did like about this book was the concept. I keep waiting for the book about the end of the world or a major event that will just blow my mind. So far, I’ve read about earthquakes and the zombie apocalypse, but my need hasn’t been satisfied yet. Overall, I would probably recommend this book to younger teenagers, probably up to the tenth grade. Opinions do vary, though, and I’m sure many people my age will appreciate the book.
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Rating: [rating: 1]
Teaser Quote: “I want the lightning to find me. I crave it like lungs crave oxygen. There’s nothing that makes you feel more alive than being struck. Unless, of course, it kills you. It does that to me from time to time, which is why I moved to Los Angeles.”