Book Review: Stung

Stung CoverBook: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Published April 2013 by Bloomsbury|Pages: 304

Where I Got It: Nook store

Series: Stung #1

Genre: YA…I’m not sure WHAT genre this falls in, but dystopic/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic seem to fit best

You can find Stung on goodreads & Bethany Wiggins on her website and her blog

Goodreads Summary:

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.

What I Thought:

I’ve been wanting to read Stung for a while, and I’m glad I finally read it!  It’s definitely a different take on a post-apocalyptic story, given that bees take center stage.

I really liked how everything was explained, and I found the idea of bee flu interesting but scary.  And that the bee flu has unintended consequences…it’s something I can totally see happening.  Not the bee flu necessarily, but I can totally see something coming up and people needing a vaccine that goes horribly wrong.  I found everyone’s reaction to those vaccinated for the bee flu to be pretty believable. I did like how everything came together and how believable everything was.

I really liked Fiona, and her actions throughout the book are totally understandable, given everything that’s happened over the last few years.  She has no recollection of what happen, just that she woke up thinking she was a 13-year-old girl, and is confused as to what’s going on.  I thought that worked really well (for reasons I won’t give away), because characters with memory loss can be annoying.  But this wasn’t the case at all!  Especially because we find out what’s going on when Fiona finds out what’s going on.  I also liked the flashbacks and how they were in italics, making them stand out. Especially because she remembers things throughout the book.

Stung has a lot going on, but I liked that we weren’t overwhelmed by details.  And that there’s a good balance between all of the action-y stuff and the learning about the world stuff.  I’m not the biggest fan of Bowden and Fiona, mostly because I was more interested in what was going on.  Still, I think I might warm up to them as a couple in the next one.

Let’s Rate It:

I really liked Stung, and how it’s about the honeybees going extinct, and cloned bees to take their place, which leads to the bee flu and a vaccine that has complications.  Stung is definitely different, and I like that it’s unique but also really believable.  Stung gets 4 stars.

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