Review: Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Received for review.
Published: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Walker Children's
Pages: 304
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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.

The first thing that grabbed my attention about Stung was the killer summary! I loved the main character had no idea what happened in the time that she was asleep and she awoke with a weird tattoo on her hand and a wall separating her and society. Unfortunately, I was a bit let down with this book. I felt it took a long time to really 'start'. I was a good fifty pages in before the plot really took off for me. 

In the beginning of Stung I thought there was just too much left open, I know that Fiona had no idea what was going on, but I wish it wouldn't have taken so long for things to finally clear up. It was like I spent the majority of the book trying to figure out if I missed something because I was just so confused.

While Fiona is trying to figure out what happened, she runs into quite the stud! I didn't feel like I really got to know him even though he was in most of the book. I also felt a definite case of insta-love, which was kind of a bummer.

Awesome Quote:
"I am in a world of winter being burned beneath a summer sun."

Characters: 3/5
Creativity: 3/5
Voice: 3/5
Plot: 2/5
Impact: 3/5
Overall: 3/5

Stung is an interesting novel that's part dystopian-part science fiction and follows the adventure of Fiona trying to discover her new world. Although I did have some struggles with the plot, something about the book kept me reading. I really wanted to know what would happen next to Fiona and learn more about the mysterious epidemic. 


  1. Aw, sorry this one wasn't for you. I also have a very low tolerance for books that confuse me. I'll add it to the library list and give it a try that way...

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    1. Isn't it?! If you read the book, it becomes even cooler! :)

  3. I see what yo mean about the synopsis being a quick draw-in. Sorry you didn't like it, and I definitely agree with you about insta-love being a let down.

    1. Yeah, it was like it was randomly thrown in there almost.