Book Review: Cured

Cured CoverBook: Cured by Bethany Wiggins

Expected Publication is March 4, 2014 by Walker Childrens|Expected Number Of Pages: 326

Where I Got: I received an advanced copy from netgalley.com, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: Stung #2

Genre: YA dystopic/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic

You can find Cured on goodreads and Bethany Wiggins on her website and her blog

Goodreads Summary: 

Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way–until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family—details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life. Bethany Wiggins’s reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won’t fail to stun readers.

What I Thought:

After reading Stung, I couldn’t wait to read Cured to see what had happened after the end of Stung.  But while I really liked Stung, I thought Cured was just okay.

I just wasn’t as drawn in by Cured as I was expecting.  I liked seeing what happened after people learned about the cure and I liked seeing a different part of the world that Jacqui lived in and how different her life is. We do see characters from Stung, as well as new characters, and I liked seeing how things turned out for Fiona and her brother.

Wiggins created such a detailed, interested world in Stung, and while we see more of that in Cured, it also wasn’t what I was expecting.  To be honest, I’m not quite sure what to expect in terms of how the story would turn out, but I don’t think I expected the story to be narrated by Jacqui.  I felt like Jacqui was just okay as a narrator.  I get why she was so sheltered, but given the journey she was going on with Fiona, Jonah and Bowden…she really did seem so much younger than she really was, and I just didn’t connect with her because of it.

Let’s Rate It:

I’m not sure what else to say about Cured.  I think part of why it was an okay read for me is that Stung worked really well on its own.  It was interesting to see how things changed after news about the cure got out, and I liked seeing how things were resolved.  It kept me interested, but it wasn’t quite interesting enough.  Stung gets 2 stars.

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