ARC Review: Stung

March 10, 2013 Review 24

ARC Review: Stung
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
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Publisher: Walker
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 306
Release Date: April 2nd 2013
Series: Stung #1
Genres: Dystopia
There is no cure for being stung.

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 hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.

Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.

Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


A standalone dystopian? I know, it’s almost unheard of. I actually have a huge amount of respect for the author because she didn’t feel like she had to create a trilogy out of this. There could have been, but Wiggins made the decision to wrap everything up in this one book.

Fiona wakes up in her house, but immediately notices things are not how they used to be. She wakes up with a tattoo on her hand, and soon finds out those who have the tattoo turn into beasts-all of their humanity gone. So why is Fiona still normal?

STUNG was such a unique, interesting story with an original plot set in a frightening dystopian world. Easy to imagine happening in reality, STUNG might make you even more afraid of bees-getting vaccinations. (As if we didn’t fear those things enough)

The action competed with the romance at most times, the romance frequently becoming the victor. It was not insta-love, so it started out good, but the relationship developed a little too quickly, with “I love you’s,” being exchanged too soon.

However, this can be overlooked as it is a standalone, so there is not three novels worth of building, which makes the writing all the more fantastic because the character development has to happen in such a short period of time.

I enjoyed the action in STUNG most of all, and there was a lot of it to be enjoyed. The writing and descriptions are so clear you will be imagining yourself hiding in the sewers along with Fiona, with death at every corner.

While reading, it seems like Fiona’s situation is hopeless, and that there is no way she can come out unscathed. Happy ending? You’ll just have to see for yourself!

24 Responses to “ARC Review: Stung”

  1. rainbowsnbooks

    Personally I like that it’s a stand alone…like you said it’s basically unheard of. In fact, I am hooked on so many book series right now that a stand alone looks super enticing.

  2. bookblogbake

    I heard about this book at the beginning of the year, and I’m really excited about it. The cover caught my eye right away. I’m also really excited about it being a stand-alone. I enjoy series, but sometimes they can just be overwhelming to keep up with, especially if you read them as they’re released.


    Aha, I heard about this book on Read-A-Holicz!
    A standalone? Unheard of indeed! I’ve haven’t read many dystopian standalones, but the one’s I’ve read a pretty good. I agree with rainbowsnbooks, it’s refreshing!

  4. @HarleyBearBooks

    I wanted to read this, but didn’t realize it was a standalone. That makes me want to read it even more. That’s so unique that a dystopian is just one book these days. And I don’t like when love progresses too fast either, but like you said it’s just one book so it makes sense that it might. Great review! I really wanna read this now.

  5. Kelly

    What a tease at the end! Does she get a happy ending!?

    I haven’t heard of Stung before now, but it sounds like something I would really enjoy. And it’s a standalone?? That alone is enough for me to pick it up! Lol

  6. rivie bleu

    The cover is creepy enough! Lol This is the first time I see this but it sounds interesting. They are very rare, I read one back in December, 2066 by Peter A. Brandt, I had never heard of the author or the book, I think I ran across it on B&N’s free ebooks. I sort of expected it to have a sequel but I just never found one.

  7. Jackie

    I’ve never heard of this one before. It sounds amazing though! I will definitely be adding this to my to reads.

  8. Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)

    It’s a miracle! A standalone dystopian! When has that happened lately?
    I love this cover but when you wrote about bees being the cause of all this mess I just picture people being bitten alive by thousands of bees. They are horrible little things and now I know they could take over the world!
    I wonder if she doesn’t feel any change because it’s not something she expects to happen. Maybe it was all a ploy to make people go crazy and kill each other off or something crazy like that. It’s an interesting plot.
    The romance… that happens. I don’t think it will disway me from the story especially since it has so much action. Lovely review (:

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