Release Date: April 2nd 2013
Series: Stung #1
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.
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!