Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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After a major earthquake devastates Los Angeles, seventeen-year-old Mia wants only to take care of her younger brother and traumatized mother, but two fanatical doomsday cults vie for her powers, drawn from the multiple lightning strikes she has experienced.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374372835
Branch Call Number: TEEN BOSWORT
Characteristics: 376 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 24, 2017

A YA book chronicles the peculiar life of Mia Price, a teenage girl with the power of harnessing lightning energy and having to cope with her damaged mother and helping her family survive. Playing out like every other dystopian novel she is the most important variable for a rebel group trying to overtake the religious cult lead by a false prophet. She hesitantly joins the rebels and helps the city of angels get back on its feet after the earthquake disaster, which she might have caused, and falls in love along the way. This could have been a good book, except it just had to have the character make very poor decisions, the author didn't explore her powers enough, and suffered from way too many tropes.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 19, 2014

Good pacing and interesting characters. Mia, though she came across as slightly whiny, did the things that I would probably do in those situations. She was a believable character, though we wished otherwise at times. Her lightning addiction was well played out, but never fully explored, which left me wishing for more. And I thought the religious cults were interesting, if slightly overplayed. Instalove is always overblown in these sorts of YA novels, but I enjoyed the falling in love, especially as it became more about trusting each other. I don't think Jeremy's character was as well treated as Mia's (Why can't he say anything? Because she isn't ready? That never works out). But he worked well enough for a love interest. Overall, a fun read, but it felt a little flat after the brilliant YA books I've read recently. It was a fun book though, and I would recommend it to teens who are looking for something a little different in concept, but with a story that feel familiar.

KJtheEpicFailure Apr 12, 2013

I really enjoyed this book, and around three quarters of the way through I was totally hooked and could not put it down (I'm not lying -just ask my Geometry teacher). A cool plot and the characters were very well-made too. Great!

Aug 17, 2012

a little disappointed with this book...didn't really like the character development but overall, a fun read

chiangtingchen Jun 26, 2012

Pretty book. The plot was inviting, but I would of appreciated if it was a series.It was a good idea.

_hollister_ Jun 18, 2012

i agree. i hope this never happens!!

Indigomoody Jun 08, 2012

definitely an interesting idea but not my favorite


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Aug 17, 2012

“A piece of advice: if you want to remain in control of a doomsday cult, don't give a date for the end of the world unless you're really, really sure it's going to happen. Being wrong tends to undermine your authority.”


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