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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
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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.

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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.

Claude's Bookzone
3.5 Stars

CW: (view spoiler)

Well what a ripper of a ride that was!

What a marvellous concept and a frightening world Bethany has created. Yes, there are issues. I found the nicknames offensive, I wish Fiona was a bit smarter and in less need of rescuing, it's the typical dystopic world where women are needed for
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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
Apr 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, 1-star, dystopian
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
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
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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
Gray Cox
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not your typical dystopian.

This is so unique and not to mention a clean read??? I'm impressed, I hope the second book is just a good.
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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, animalis
Bethany Wiggins
Mar 08, 2012 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
Kira Simion
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I love retellings because I pretty much know what's going to happen but, I also love retellings because you don't know HOW they're going to happen.

Edit: 11-19-16

There were many problems with the characters and plot that irked me, but I liked the idea of need going extinct and being mutated because bees are dying and so that connects to the world in a way.

Overall, I don't believe I'll read the second book, but I recommend the book for people who like romance, don't mind some plot holes, and are
B.j. Anderson
Mar 12, 2012 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! ...more
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
Dec 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
My eyes bled while I was reading this. That's a new one. ...more
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!
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 20, 2013 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 wakes up
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
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
Aug 18, 2012 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 ...
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
Jan 31, 2013 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
Emily Blake
Re-Read Review ● Rating: 3/5 stars

This is why I don’t like rereading books I enjoyed when I was younger. Times have changed, my mind has changed, and my standards for writing have increased. Even though I didn’t enjoy this book as much this time around, I didn’t hate it. I noticed the writing was choppy, the storyline was simple, the romance was poorly developed, and the dialogue was absolutely laughable at times…but I still enjoyed it. Yes, there were plot holes and sometimes situations were so
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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My feelings about this book can be summed up pretty easily in one GIF:

Because at first I was all YES THIS IS AWESOME THIS BOOK IS SO CREEPY AND UNSETTLING AND I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT but by about 60% in I was like NO WAIT STOP GO BACK THIS IS NOT THE BOOK I THOUGHT I WAS READING and then I got to the epilogue and I was like COME ON ARE YOU KIDDING ME. (My word choice might have been less charitable but we like to keep it clean around here.)

I have never
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jillyn by: Crystal
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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.
Jan 02, 2013 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
Melannie :)
Jul 18, 2012 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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jun 13, 2012 rated it did not like it

I don’t even know where to start with this review. I knew that STUNG was a work of YA fiction when I selected it for review, but I didn’t expect to be childish. Does that make sense? Probably not, so let me explain a little further.

So the book starts with Fiona waking up and not remembering anything past the age of 13. Since she’s now 17 this poses a bit of a problem. I was as confused as Fiona was throughout most of the book because the world building
Lisa Mandina
Mar 05, 2013 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
Jun 17, 2012 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! ...more
Ryan M
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book was sort of awful but the main character was very brave to try to sneak into the wall with her friend she met who´s brother got blown up trying to escape
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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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