Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Posted April 5, 2013 by Nessa @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 1 Comment

Stung by Bethany Wiggins
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Series: Stand Alone
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Publish Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Number of pages: 304
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Source: Received from publisher in exchange for my honest opinion
Book Description:
There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.

Stung is a breathe of fresh air. It is a creative, thrilling, mesmerizing story that captivates you from page one. This dystopian novel is about the aftermath of a world whose bee population goes instinct. The heroine Fiona is a girl who wakes up in her childhood home one day and has no recollection of anything about her life since she was the age of thirteen. With a bee tattoo on her hand she is completely bewildered seeing her reflection in a mirror to see a woman staring back at her. Unaware of what has happened she gets chased out of her home by a man who has the appetite of a beast. Run into the streets, she comes to find her former town is nothing like it used to be. All of the greenery has died and people no longer act like people. Everyone is starved, dirty, and territorial. With no understanding Fiona comes across a young kid who helps save her life from the newly destroyed world. The kid hides her in the underground sewer system with ulterior motives in mind. With nothing to eat and hidden in the unsanitary tunnels, Fiona soon finds out Arris, the kid who helped her, needs her to try and rescue one of her own from a military camp. During the diversion Fiona creates to help Arris rescue the captive she becomes captive herself. During her time in the tunnels Fiona is told life as a woman in the new world is not something she wants to be. She is forced to cut her hair and act like a boy. Fiona soon has a turn of luck when one of her childhood acquaintances happens to be an officer at the military camp. This book is just full of surprises and thrills. It has everything you can ask for. It has love but it also shows you the evil of humankind and how power can destroy you. It is definitely a good read and highly recommended. I give this book 5 out of 5.


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It’s always hard to do an “about me.” I’m not really good at talking about myself so here it goes… I love to read. The only other thing I love as much as reading is fashion. Reading got me through some of the darkest days of my life, and even now it helps me after those stressful days at the office. On top of being an avid reader, I am a student, wife, a mother of two boys (ages 7 and 4), and a full time employee. My plate is definitely full, but I love every minute of my life. Maybe not always the countless hours at the office, but I am definitely blessed. I agreed to help Katrina with her blog, and boy I didn’t realize how much work it truly is! I am honored to be a part of it. I read a lot of contemporary novels, but Katrina has opened me up to the world of YA. I have to say I am hooked! I bow to all the wonderful authors of this genre. The worlds they put together is amazing. I am a fine arts junkie. I love art, movies, theater, and music. Anything that you can do to express yourself, to show your creativeness and uniqueness, I’m normally a fan of. I am an activist of being true to yourself and always marching to the beat of your own drum. I feel it is important to know who you are, and never apologize for being yourself. I love to laugh so I haunt comedy clubs frequently. I am also a homebody. This sister likes your downtime! You can usually find me snuggled in my bed with a good book, watching a movie or my seasons of Buffy. The show never gets old people!!!! That’s about all there is to know about me, so keep reading you bookish babes!

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