Welcome to the Struck Blog Tour!
I’m super excited to having had the opportunity to chat with Mia – Main character of Struck! Struck is truly an unique read, please check my Review if you know how I enjoyed this book:) I truly love Character Interviews and this one is truly unique, Mia truly answered my questions very thoughtfully and I loved her answers!
Me: Hey Mia, thank you so much for stopping by the Bewitched Bookworms today!! Glad you had some time to chat with me!
Mia: Sure thing. Thanks for having me!
Me: Mia, I would like to let our Readers know a little more about the world you live in. How did life change after the Big Earthquake?
Mia: My life has never been simple. Being a lightning addict comes with its fair share of problems. But I never imagined things could get this hard. My mom was downtown, in the epicenter of the earthquake when it hit. She was buried alive under a fallen building, trapped and suffocating, for three days. She had one foot in the grave when a rescue team found her. Now she’s home, but she’s not the same. She goes from being catatonic to having violent panic attacks in the space of a second. I have to load her full of meds to keep her calm, but the only way to get those meds is on the black market on Venice Beach. I risk my life every time I go there.
Everything necessary for survival is scarce. The roads in and out of the city are impassable, and the goods that are flown in keep being looted before they can reach the people they’re meant for. Nowhere is safe, not even my own home.
Me: There are these new groups that formed after the Big Earthquake, and I have to say both scare me a little. What is your feeling about them?
Mia: They scare me, too. Believe me. I don’t know which is worse, the Followers or the Seekers. The Followers definitely have the creep factor going at full effect, walking around town dressed all in white, with those blank eyes and those pasted on smiles. It’s like they don’t even realize the whole world has crumbled around them. But they’re believers in the word of Rance Ridley Prophet, and he’s convinced them all that once they’ve surrendered their souls to him, they’re saved, while the rest of humanity is doomed. Kind of makes their smiles even creepier.
But the Seekers . . . they have their own special brand of crazy cult weirdness going on. The way they move in formation, like they’re all connected by some invisible string . . . the relentless way they pursue me (Especially Katrina. You have no idea how much I want to punch her in the face). And don’t let them fool you. The Seekers may not walk around dressed all in white like the Followers. They look just like everyone else. Well, except Katrina, who dresses like a stripper vampire. But the Seekers have their own ritual ensemble, which they don for “special” occasions. You’ll see.
The Seekers and the Followers have one thing in common, though. The scariest thing of all . . . they both want something from me. Something I didn’t want to give.
Me: Can we talk about the lightening strikes? I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable here and I promise this stays between us.
Mia: Umm. Yeah. Yeah, okay.
Me: Yes? Thanks! So, how does it feel for you to get struck?
Mia: It’s like you thought you were alive, and then the lightning finds you, and grabs you, and rips through your blood and lights you on fire, and you realize you were never alive until this moment. There’s pain . . . pain like you can’t imagine. Every molecule in your body on fire and screaming. It’s beyond pain . . . so far beyond that it becomes something new. A word that hasn’t been invented yet.
And once it’s over . . . you’re dead until you meet the lightning again. Until you get your fix.
Me: Ok let’s move on, there is the new boy at your school – Jeremy. He seems … different?
Mia: Jeremy . . . I like his name. Don’t you? It’s so . . . I don’t know, normal. But he’s not normal. All you have to do is look in his eyes, and you know there’s something wrong with him. He tries to hide it behind those Clark Kent glasses he wears . . . who he really is. Where he comes from. What happened to him. He’s haunted. I can tell. I know how it feels.
Me: Are you afraid of him?
Mia: I’m afraid of what he’s hiding from me, the thing that haunts him. Whatever it is, it’s bad. And I’m afraid of what happens when he touches me. He makes me see things I don’t want to see.
And I’m afraid, because I want him to touch me anyway.
Me: But, he’s cute right? Grin
Mia: Cute doesn’t begin to describe him. When I look at him I feel like I’m falling. Sometimes I am, and I just have to hope he’s there to catch me. Sometimes he is. And sometimes he disappears when I need him most.
Some last random Questions:
Me: What is the most important thing in your life right now?
Mia: Keeping my family safe. After all I’ve put them through, I owe them that much.
Me: If you’d have one wish, what would it be?
Mia: I’d want to know why. Why am I like this? I want to know that even more than I want to be normal.
Me: Boys: Dark Hair or Light Hair.
Mia: I never knew I had a preference until Jeremy. Now . . . dark.
Me: Movies or Books?
Mia: Don’t judge me, but I’m a movie girl. I don’t have the patience for books.
Me: Thank you so much Mia for stopping by today!!! It was great chatting with you!
Mia: Thanks for having me! I hope you enjoy the story of my life.
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.
About Jennifer Bosworth
Jennifer Bosworth lives in Los Angeles, California, where lightning hardly ever strikes, but when it does she takes cover. She is the writer half of a writer/director team with her husband, Ryan Bosworth. Learn more about her athttp://www.jenniferbosworth.com.
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