Saturday, August 10, 2013

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 294pgs

The Story

In a world in crisis, children are the future. Part of the cure. Not now. Children are deadly. Marked one to ten. Fiona is a TEN. She just doesn't know it yet . . . She doesn't know her true strength. 

Fiona doesn't remember going to sleep. But she has woken to find her entire world has changed - her house is abandoned and broken, and her neighbourhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist 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. But instead the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts. They have been branded as a warning to unvaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected inside a fortress-like wall. Fiona has awakened branded, alone and on the wrong side of the wall . . .

The Review

A big thanks to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me a review copy of this book!

One of the things I like most about the dytopian genre is the fact they can come in many forms and are presented in some really different ideas. STUNG is one of those very different ideas coming from Bethany Wiggins, and whether you like the dystopian genre or not, I think this particular book came with a storyline that is unlike any other I have read and I quite like that element to it.

STUNG, for the most part at least, may have been a pretty average read for me and was not particularly the best book I have ever read thus far, but the simplicity of it and what had occurred within the book is what had actually peaked my interest in the first place and what got me reading more and more of it til reading the end of it. Especially when it comes to the whole bee concept presented in the book and the very important role they play in the book not to mention how they could possibly cure diseases and possibly the whole entire world. That alone was just really fascinating to me and it was the best element out of everything I have read in the book, so I liked what the author did with that particular part.

Overall, STUNG was a pleasant book to read even though it was not a huge favourite of mine. Still, I would highly recommend the book if you're looking for a different type of a dystopian read or a book that is a quick read but contains a very interesting storyline.

The Rating
3/5 stars


  1. Oh, that cover is WAY more exciting than the other one! I'm with you on your review, the book has the most amazing concept. After reading it though, it just didn't captivate me in an extreme way. It was good, just not great.

  2. Haven't heard much about this book, but it sounds decent. I really like the dystopian genre, so even though this wasn't an absolutely brilliant read, I might give it a go. Thanks for the review!

  3. LOL WHAT. That is the most jam-packed synopsis I've read in a while, whew! It sounds pretty exciting though and I do love a good dystopian (or... let's face it... any dystopian). I'm glad you enjoyed it even though it didn't necessarily wow you. Thanks for the great review! :)


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