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Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Stung (edition 2013)

by Bethany Wiggins

Series: Stung (1)

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Authors:Bethany Wiggins
Info:Walker Childrens (2013), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 304 pages
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Stung, is a book by author Bethany Wiggins. The book opens with Fiona, a girl who awakens to find all her family gone and the world strangely changed. She discovers that a bee flue has gone around and altered things, For example, now for every seven men there is only one women. Also, plants do not grow as plenteous and the surroundings are more bare. People who are infected with the bee virus become like feral animals or beasts acting wildly. As Fiona meets her friend Aaron who rescues her and expects repayment for her help, they then set out to find and rescue Aaron’s brother age 11 from the mysterious “Wall”. Fiona helps distract guards to help Aaron to bring out her brother who is shot and killed trying to escape. In the end they find a cure for this bee flue and a cure for the Beast.
In my opinion this was an okay book. It was definitely not the best book I had ever read. It is acceptable for teens like myself who are interested in action and suspense. I felt the character was not well written and I did not feel much for her. There are also a lot of gaps on information that makes this book hard to stay into. It is not a page turner that you cannot put down, but an average book for a middle schooler who needs to do a book report. I am hoping this series gets better. ( )
  ethand.G1 | Jan 18, 2017 |
What the world would look like if honeybees went extinct. Very fast-paced and suspenseful. ( )
  amyghilton | Jul 27, 2016 |
I don't remember going to sleep. All I remember is waking up here -- a place as familiar as my own face.
At least, it should be.

Fiona wakes up in her bedroom, but nothing is as it should be. Her room is filthy and seems like it has been neglected for a very long time. As she walks around her house, she realizes it has been abandoned. Her reflection looks like her older sister, like a woman. Last thing she remembers, she is thirteen. She has no idea what is going on when suddenly she hears a noise and is attacked by a man acting like a beast. She barely escapes with her life. And all of this happens in Chapter 1.

We gradually learn that this world is barren & deserted and it is dangerous to be female. Fiona is constantly in danger and trying to figure out what happened to the world she remembers, what she needs to do to survive and who she can trust.

I don't want to give anything away. I went into this book not really knowing what it was about and it swept me off my feet page 1, Chapter 1. I loved Fiona and found her character very believable. The fecs and the beasts were scary and dangerous. The premise of the story seemed possible. I even believed the attraction Fiona developed for the boy trying to save her. And there is no love triangle, which is a relief.

I enjoyed this so much that I immediately stared reading the sequel. And I looked on the author's website to see if there would be any more, so I could know what I was getting myself into. Would I have to wait for book 3? Good news and Bad news. There are only two books in the series and the author isn't planning on writing more. This is good because I just finished the second book and loved it just as much. Bad because I really enjoyed reading them. But, it was a good place to end. The story was over. No need to push it too far. Not every story has to be a trilogy.

Recommended to:
Fans of dystopian stories, young adults and people (like me) who enjoy reading young adult novels. This one is worth reading.

Note: This book is on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award nominee list for grades 6-8. We often have some of that list in our elementary school for 5th graders. This one has some sexual innuendo. It might go over 5th graders heads, but I will recommend to our librarian not to have this one in the elementary school. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
When a vaccine to save endangered bees causes their sting to turn children into ferocious killer beasts, the uninfected build a wall to keep the beasts out, but Fiona wakes up on the wrong side of the wall.
  lkmuir | Dec 8, 2015 |
I don't know if I liked this book because I was expecting utterly shit or if I liked it because it was good, but I found Stung an interesting read.
I had some major issues with certain facts, like the way rape is almost looked as sometime men do because it's necessary and that they are not to be held at fault for their actions because they just "need" it.
Even though a lot of reviews I read before reading the book said Fiona was and insufferable protagonist, I actually understood why she did so many stupid things. I mean, if I was 13 and suddenly woke up looking 17-20-ish, I wouldn't exactly act mature. And yes, when I was 13, most of the things I cared were boys, how I looked, and trying to not fail class, so I didn't expect Fiona to act like she knew everything. Also, keep in mind that not only is Fiona a 13-trapped-in-a-17-body, but she also doesn't remember much of what happened to the world, so she will act like nothing has changed (when you're used to something, you do that when scared, no?).
With that said, Fiona DID do things that were so stupid I wanted to hit her, but nothing that made me hate her.
The story was the most weak point, but I didn't particularly dislike it. I just feel like there was just so much more the author could do with both characters and story. ( )
  LiindaSnow97 | Jul 8, 2015 |
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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 wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she's right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . . .

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When a vaccine to save endangered bees causes their sting to turn children into ferocious killer beasts, the uninfected build a wall to keep the beasts out, but Fiona wakes up on the wrong side of the wall.

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