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Stung (Stung #1)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  6,962 Ratings  ·  994 Reviews
There is no cure for being stung.

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she awakens, her world no longer exists. Her house is abandoned and broken. Her neighborhood is barren and dead. And there is a tattoo on her right hand. A tattoo Fiona doesn’t remember getting…but somehow she must conceal at any cost. Because humanity has been divided.

Those bearing the tattoo
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Walker Childrens (first published January 1st 2013)
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Marg K.
Oct 14, 2015 Marg K. rated it did not like it
Pop quiz, peeps. Don't worry. It's only made up of 3 questions, and I think you might enjoy it. Also, there's a good reason behind it. Trust me. You'll see. Here we go.

Question #1. You're being held captive by a rogue soldier who intends to turn you over to a lab where you'll be treated like a human guinea pig and potentially even killed in the process. In his moment of sympathy, your captor decides to let you rest unshackled. He then falls asleep. You take this opportunity to:

(A)Stealthily stea
Initial reaction: I definitely have a number of constructive things to say about "Stung", but in the string of YA dystopian novels I've read, this proved disappointing on many levels. The thematics, the cliches, the structuring and characterizations. And that hurts considering the premise is quite interesting.

Full review:

In the measure of YA dystopic fiction that I've personally read, there have been many titles I've completely and thoroughly enjoyed. Nancy Farmer's "The House of the Scorpion",
Courtney Wells
I'm a remorseless dystopian junkie. But alas - as with most twitchy hedonists - my tolerance for FUBAR and official numbness to cluster-humps have me chasing thrills beyond the usual pandemics/hella-wars that spawn and inspire the Mega-society of Oppressiveness and Bizarre Quasi-sexist, Semi-fanatical Values AKA Faketopia.

So bees, you say? I'll roll with that if only because I'm burnt out superflu bugs and thunderdomes.

Unfortunately, superflu bugs and thunderdomes do make an appearance. Sigh.

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Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for seeming me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

Stung promised a synopsis and concept that could've been breathtakingly original and cunning in a sense. However this vision was immediately wiped away after a couple pages in.

The foundation of the idea was probably the only aspect I found enjoyable. We have a world based around bees. Since bees, are essential necessary to human life, scientists
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
WARNING: This Review Might Have Some Spoilers:

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Stung has to be ONE of the best Dystopian novels I have EVER read! I was hypnotized from the first sentence to the last!I am in love with this book!

As I was reading and I knew it was coming to an end, I caught myself reading slower and slower, trying to draw out the book as long as I could! I just wanted to keep reading and reading this story and didn't want to stop!

Bethany has a wa
I'm a big fan of dystopians, so when Stung came across my radar I was intrigued. Though this "sleeping beauty of the apocalypse" story didn't sound all that unique, I found myself completely engrossed in the sickening and disturbing world Bethany Wiggins created. With a solid hero/heroine duo, a clever apocalyptic plot (I always wondered when bees would play a starring role in the end of the world), and a storyline that is never bogged down with fact-telling lulls, Stung easily held my interest ...more
May 15, 2013 Mara rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopian, romance, 1-star
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Yes; in fact, it's what initially caught my interest. I had no idea what it might be about, but a bee on the cover coupled with a syringe is rather intriguing, is it not? Too bad it doesn't match the story within.

Characters: Fiona is about as intelligent as a box of rocks, and has just as much personality. Never has the term "flat" been so applicable to a protagonist than with Fiona - or "Fo," as a lot of characters like to call her. I totally did not connect with her on
Bethany Wiggins
Mar 26, 2013 Bethany Wiggins rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: awesome-cover

Fiona Tarsis wakes up to a world of nightmares in this fast-paced, fever-bright post-apocalyptic adventure.

Her brother’s a monster, her Denver suburb’s a wasteland, and she doesn’t even recognize herself or the 10-legged tattoo on her hand. Fiona has no memory of the last four years or how the world changed, but she quickly learns how dangerous life is outside the wall. After seeking assistance from Arrin—a Fec, or sewer-dweller, of indeterminate gender and murky mot
This review and others are posted at Read, Rinse, Repeat.

The opening of Stung is very similar to the recent Pretty Girl-13; a young girl suddenly finds herself at her home, seeking her parents, with a memory loss of several years. Both girls believe themselves to be thirteen and are surprised to see their "new" bodies. But whereas Angie from Pretty Girl-13 falls into the shocked and loving arms of her parents, Fiona falls out of a bathroom window as she struggles to escape a crazed, animalisti
Monique V
4.5/5 stars
Such a quick well written book! This book is brutal and the pacing is fast. It was a bit short though. I would still recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read!
B.j. Anderson
Mar 12, 2012 B.j. Anderson rated it it was amazing
Absolutely, positively awesome. I'm not going to say much about it because I don't want to ruin anything. It's a one-night read!
It took me a while to even consider reading this book. The reviews weren't exactly glowing and the blurb alone made me suspicious of just how much suspension of disbelief it would demand of me to make this story work. Still, when I saw it was on sale for Kindle, I said "what the heck? It's only $3. How much could I possibly regret spending 3 bucks on a book?". As it turns out, quite a lot.

I can manage to turn down my skepticism and even tolerate absolute implausibility if there is something in t
In a Sentence: Though Stung took place in an engrossing, unique, and creative post-apocalyptic world, the characters populating its pages seemed mediocre at best.

My Thoughts

When I was offered a chance to review Stung for this blog tour, I had to accept. As many of my frequent visitors know, I've been on a seldom-broken hiatus for the majority of this semester due to grad school, teaching, and some ongoing medical issues. In spite of this, I couldn't pass up the chance to look at a promising po
Becca Ritchie
After I finished Stung, I stepped back and thought about how unapologetic the story was. From the moment the book starts, Wiggins takes the innocent Fiona -- a girl who's lost years of memories -- through trials that make you squirm, gag and cringe. She wades through the sewers knee-deep in feces within the first twenty pages, and that's just the start of her journey to discover what's changed in the world since she's been asleep.

Stung worked from start to finish -- a terrific contribution to th
Both the review and a giveaway can be found here.

3.5 stars

Fiona wakes up in her room, assuming it's a day like any other. That's until she notices the poor state of her room - and not just her room, but her whole house. Everywhere is faded, dusty...empty. And everything outside is dead. Then there's the strange tattoo on the back of her right hand. She learns that those who have been branded with this tattoo all turn into beasts, savage and insane; the streets, sewers and tunnels are their hunti
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
Jan 20, 2013 Jean-Paul Adriaansen rated it it was amazing
What a story. It makes you forget The Hunger Games. Action from the first till the last page. A Super Young Adult book.
A young girl wakes up in a dilapidated house, her hand marked with an insect-like tattoo. The world has changed for the bad and she is on the wrong side of the wall ...
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 20, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This was an action packed dystopian novel with a great plot, sweet romance, fun characters, all set in an intriguing world.

Opening Sentence: I don’t remember going to sleep.

The Review:

Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep; her last memory was when she was 13 years old. She was happily living with her family. Her dad was retired from the air force, her older sister was in college, and her twin brother was one of her best friends. As she wake
Feb 03, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
An apocalyptic version of sleeping beauty set in the future where half the population has turned into monsters and honey has become the new currency!

Fiona remembers being 13 years old, but when she wakes up and sees herself in the mirror she thinks its her older "adult" sister. Somehow, over night she has become a woman. She doesn't remember wearing the clothes she is wearing, or when she got hips and a chest, and she really has no idea how her house has turned into a dilapidated mess, but when
Angela Fristoe
Mar 09, 2013 Angela Fristoe rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
I loved that this book jumped right into the action. The rest of the story was actually really fast paced. Fiona is on the run and doesn't know who to trust in a world she has no memory of. The action is what made this a fast read and I read it pretty much straight through in one sitting (maybe stopping briefly for food).

I loved the concept of the tattoo marking her as 'infected' and early on we learn that her mark signals people that she is among the deadliest of all the marked. I can't expand
Mar 25, 2014 Matt rated it did not like it
My eyes bled while I was reading this. That's a new one.
Apr 13, 2013 Jillyn rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jillyn by: Crystal
Shelves: blog
Fiona wakes up to a world that's different from the world she fell asleep in. She's alone in her dirtied, abandoned room with a tattoo on her wrist- an oval with five lines on either side. She knows she should keep it hidden as she walks out into the barren wasteland that, before the bees, was once her home. She must find out the meaning behind her tattoo, why she has been left alone, and why everyone who sees her mark wants her dead.


I'm honestly torn here on a rating. I'm going to say a 2.
Melannie :)
May 19, 2013 Melannie :) rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing and unforgettable. This book brought back my love for the dystopian genre. I haven't enjoyed a story so much since the hunger games, and believe me it's been a LONG time.

Everything about this book is nonstop action, and nail biting suspense. From the first page we are catapulted to a setting above our wildest dreams yet completely believable. The state of Colorado is a deserted land, where all your nightmares will come true, from awful men with no fear of God that will do anyt
Mar 08, 2013 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I never knew or even thought about how important bees are to our world.

"Lots of plants will die without the bees' pollinating them. And if the plants start dying, then the things that eat plants will start to die, like cows and chickens, which means no more meat for us to eat. If we have no fruits or vegetables or grains to eat, and no meat, our world will experience major famine"

Very eye opening! If bees did become extinct what do you think would happen? Well in Stung, a group of scientist deve
Lisa Mandina
Apr 03, 2013 Lisa Mandina rated it it was amazing
I was unsure on whether to give this book a 4 or 5 on Goodreads, but I ended up rounding up, as this book had so many unique and kind of realistic (science-wise) ideas, and, when I put it down, I wondered what would happen next. Now, while I think it definitely ended in a way that worked, and it could definitely be a stand alone novel, I think they threw in a little bit at the very end that means it might go on. So we'll see.
The premise of this story you might be able to kind of guess from the t
This book takes an interesting look into what our future could look like if bees went extinct. The government creates a kind of mechanical bee to replace the real thing, but something goes horribly wrong, when they sting people they turn them into monsters. Fiona has a bee like tattoo on her wrist and depending on how many legs this tattoo has, the more of a threat she's determined to be, or become. When Fiona woke up in an annihilated version of her bedroom, with no memory of anything past the ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Whether or not you're a fan of dystopia, you will enjoy "Stung" since it's not a "Hunger Games" knock-off, it's a fresh new story that I couldn't put down! Bethany Wiggins re-imagines the story of "Sleeping Beauty", but with killer bees, gore, and a corrupt government - I hope there's more where that came from!
Sep 03, 2016 Priscila rated it did not like it
The cover looked so damn cool and the story was something that I thought I'd like but damn did this book prove me wrong time and time again.

It had all the ingredients of a post apocalyptic world, but that's all. There was nothing to invoke a sense of empathy for the characters or an interest in the general plot.

Fiona is written in the worst way possible. She is a disappointment to women characters everywhere. She is really the epitome of a fake power girl. I could go an look up all the times sh
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
Mar 11, 2013 Jessica (Step Into Fiction) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 5-stars
Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction

I read this book in less than a day. I was almost late for work because I got caught up in the story and lost track of what time it was. Then I was at work and also sneaking in a few chapters whenever I could. That just speaks numbers about a book, doesn't it? I loved this book and I cannot wait for more, seriously.

Not only is the story unique, I mean the extinction of honey bees while creating a clone of bees (which is the cause of the extinction of
BookChic Club
Jun 06, 2013 BookChic Club rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting dystopian, and had such a crazy, wonderful concept at the center of it. The book sucks you right in, but I had to force myself to keep reading after about 100 pages of not knowing ANYTHING. Fiona wakes up and knows nothing about this current world, and so when she does meet up with other people, Arrin and later Bowen, they keep mentioning things and not explaining them. And I know they're just trying to stay alive and all that crap, but still, I need a little someth ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Wow. Oh, wow. With so many post-apocalyptic books floating around, Stung looked on the surface to be just another book in the crowd. An interesting concept to be sure, but would it deliver? The answer: hell, yes!

There is so much about Stung that I loved. So much so that I am have the worst time putting my thoughts into words.

Let's start with the premise. In the future, the bee population has disappeared. No bees equals no food. No food equals chaos. To advert chaos, the world's best minds came u
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Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid student. Seriously! She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn't until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction--not the ...more
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