Cured: A Stung Novel

Cured: A Stung Novel

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by Bethany Wiggins

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Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way--until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to…  See more details below


Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way--until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family-details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life. Bethany Wiggins's reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won't fail to stun readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sandra Eichelberger
In this sequel to Stung, the plot centers on different characters. Fiona and Bowen are still part of the story but they are secondary to Jack and Kevin. The world is dystopian, divided into a protected walled area and the outside areas where Raiders roam and violence reigns. Jack (actually Jacqui, a girl pretending to be a boy) leaves the safety of her family’s home to find her brother who left years earlier to escort Fiona’s mother to safety. Badly outnumbered by men, women are endangered in the outside territory. And they are sought after by any violent means. Jack (Jacqui), Fiona (who is also pretending to be a boy), her twin brother Jonas and Fiona’s boyfriend Bowen, band together to find the missing mother and Jack’s brother. The action builds and is more intense in the second half of the book as the teens search for their family members and are tracked by the Raiders. The ugliness of the outside world and the horrific fate for women is unnerving. Jack is brave and strong but she’s also a teenage girl who longs to be able to act like a girl and have someone care for her like Bowen cares for Fiona. The one disappointment was Fiona’s lack of action. She was much more interesting in book one and seems one-dimensional here. Wiggins has created a world of violence and fear. The cure for the vaccine that turned people into maniacal monsters has finally been found and Fiona, Bowen and Jonas are hoping to distribute it, bringing hope to the bleak wasteland and to the plot. Reviewer: Sandra Eichelberger; Ages 14 up.
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“Wiggins poignantly raises issues of transformation and redemption. Despair and destruction are sweetened by hope and love.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A very satisfying read.” —VOYA

“Muses on the dangers of science and medicine and deftly maps out the chain of events that has led to catastrophe, creating a violent world vastly different from ours but still recognizable. With a stirring conclusion and space for a sequel, it's an altogether captivating story. Readers will gladly be bitten by this bug.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Stung

“This retelling of Sleeping Beauty keeps the reader hooked until the end with the action, mystery, and a bit of romance.” —Library Media Connection on Stung

“For readers of the Twilight and Hunger Games books who are looking for a paranormal love story with a strong female protagonist.” —VOYA on Shifting

“There's a Hitchcockian touch to the sinister and growing horde of animals that stalks Maggie . . . a nice departure from the more played-out werewolf plots.” —BCCB on Shifting

“An engaging story that's difficult to put down. Recommend it to fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls series.” —School Library Journal on Shifting

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Laura Woodruff
Seventeen-year-old Jack, aka Jacqui Bloom, lives as a boy and trains to fight within her family’s Denver home, now a fortress in a post-apocalyptic world brought about by flu in genetically modified bees whose stings cause people to turn into deformed, violent beasts. Not only beasts, but bands of guerilla raiders seeking food and women, threaten civilians who must live outside the walled city, a refuge available only to the non-obese healthy. Jack, determined to find her missing older brother, escapes from her home one night and reaches the city. She does not find her brother there, but she does connect with old friends Fiona, Fiona’s brother Jonah, and Fiona’s husband Bowen, all of whom agree to go with Jack on her search in hopes of finding Fiona’s mother. As they leave the city, Jack wonders about a huge backpack supposedly filled with water that Jonah carries. Many harrowing encounters follow, but the companions are joined and aided by Kevin, a young man with inside information and food sources, who appears strongly attracted to Jack—an attraction that becomes mutual. Following Stung (Bloomsbury, 2013/Voya October 2012), this second of the series introduces a new heroine who remains a lesser copy of The Hunger Games/ Girl with the Dragon Tattoo heroines. Jack, more interested in romance with Kevin than survival, vacillates between excitable foolishness and hormonal meltdown. There seems to be little connection among the events of the plot line, and characters, other than Jack, are one-dimensional. Nevertheless, teenage girls interested in young love in dangerous circumstances are likely to find Cured a very satisfying read. Reviewer: Laura Woodruff; Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-12-11
Jack Bloom leaves behind a sheltered, if slightly warped, suburban life to seek missing brother Dean and Mrs. Tarsis, the woman Dean tried to lead to safety, in this simmering sequel to Stung (2013). Exercise and rationing have turned Jack from a chubby and sensitive child into a hardened survivalist, but even three years of deprivation—delivered in flashbacks—outside the safety of the walled city of Denver cannot successfully transform Jacqui Aislynn Bloom into a boy. As in the first book, women are a hot commodity, and Jack is doubly endangered when she travels with fierce but feminine Fiona "Fo" Tarsis to find their missing family members. Accompanied by Fo's beau, Dreyden Bowen, and Fo's emotionally and physically scarred brother, Jonah, the girls soon add another man—the sexy but enigmatic Kevin—to their group as they run into raiders, romantic entanglements and other typical teen dystopian troubles. While the Mad Max–esque raiders and zombielike beasts (children transformed into murderous monsters by their vaccines against the bee flu) seem to be standard post-apocalyptic fare, Wiggins poignantly raises issues of transformation and redemption. Despair and destruction are sweetened by hope and love. (Science fiction. 14 & up)

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Bloomsbury USA
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Stung Series , #2
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Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

BETHANY WIGGINS is the author of Stung and Shifting. She started writing on a dare and dove headfirst into the world of writerly madness. She lives in the desert with her husband, four quirky kids, and two very fluffy cats.
BETHANY WIGGINS started writing on a dare and dove headfirst into the world of writerly madness. She enjoys getting her hands dirty in her garden, baking anything with copious amounts of chocolate, and watching lightning storms from her front porch. She lives in the desert with her husband, three quirky kids, and two very fluffy cats. Shifting is her first novel.

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Cured 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this followup to Stung. It is centered more around a secondary character from the first book, "Jack", although Fo and Bowen are present throughout. It was a change of pace to see a sequal written this way, and I really liked that. The book takes place shortly after the last one left off. The cure has been found, but chaos still rules. Poor Jack lives a life of secrets, and Ms. Wiggins does a great job with inner turmoil this character faces on a daily basis. There is a little romance (quite innocent) and a lot of action. It has a great feel good ending that wraps the story up quite well (though I would love to see the story continue). I really hate a cliffhanger! Thank you so much Ms. Wiggins for a great read! Cannot wait to see what you come up with next! -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and stung can't wait to read the third. If there isnt a third book please make one fast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first read Stung I couldn't stop readingg...always wanting to keep turning the page. I lovedd the romance and there was always some obstacle the characters have to face next. I was a little scared cured wasn't going to be that good because "Jack" was going to be the new main character but I loved cured! I thought stung and cured were both amazing books. I ended up liking Jack/Jacqui like I liked Fo. She's always leaving you thinking what she's going to do next. She's brave and she's so confused and hurt. But then kevin comes along. I really liked kevin, he was kinda sketchy at first but he was always trying to protect jacqui and when you found out what he was really doing it made you like him more. I hate cliffhangers but I really liked the ending. It left you thinking making you have to read the next one. But the only hard part about liking a series is having to wait for the next one to come outt...but can't wait to see what she comes up with nextt (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is amazing. There better be another one coming soon because this is too short of a series...i love these books! Plz make another one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it but I wish she ended up with Jonah or make another book for him. I really started to like him as the book went on. Over all it was a great book. I read it in two hours right after I finished the fist one (which was also great.) I loved it I cant get over it now!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After i finished the book i was very emotionel. For some reason i grew feelings for Jonah. It was sad exsiding happy angry hopeful depresed loving thoughtful and just emotional but a very good book. A must read 400 page book
Anonymous 21 days ago
An amazing book. Wish there were more books to it. Would make an amazing movie.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Compared to stung this is way to pricy. CONSIDERING STUNG WAS A BETTER BOOK.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This action packed thriller will make you not be able to stop reafing till the last page is read. This book features fiona's friend jacqoi who like fiona has to hide her apperence from the people she knows. With bowen fiona fiona's newly cured brother and kevin a newcomer will all of them get caught by raiders or survive to see their familys again?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing 200 page follow up to the book stung. DEFFINATLY WORTH THE CASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Initially , I thought I would be put off by the change in the character telling the story . I was so involved with Fo in her first person perspective in Stung. I quickly warmed up to Jack though and the story continued to keep me in its grip Excellent read once again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished cured and stung within 7 hours. Amazing books that set my heart and soul on a journey. Even when I first began the book I didn't like hoe it was in jacks point of view but grew to like it no, love it. I couldn't put the books down and ate my dinner so fast it hurt. Mrs.wiggins you did wonderful. Remember that all authors have talent. If you will excuse me I will be reading the books a second time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad that I forever own these books
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was okay. No where near how great the first book stung was. The point of view was jacks or jaquis and she literaly said 2 words in the whole first book and was never mentioned again. Now they can write a whole book on her point of view? I would've liked it to be fo's, bowen's, or johan's, or all three of them. But no not jacks. The first book had A LOT of romance and action but it this book it was very little romance parts and even fewer action parts. I was very disapointed how the author wrote this book. It was very boring to me. No where near how good divergent, hunger games, the fault in our stars, maze runner, beautiful creatures, or matched was. But of course I would love to read another book in the stung series, just maybe not in jacks point of view.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Jack was kept in Kevin's "house" she found tampons. As soon as i saw that, i thought that he was either a r^pist or a raider r^pist. But luckly he was just a siren. I was kinda hoping for a little more but the book was fine. I wish there was a third book in the searies that tells about theirvlives in the settlement. The raiders should come in and take all the men to make the women more vulnurable and Fo and Jack should try and rescue Jonah, Kevin, and Bowen.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Jacqui has lived the past several years as a boy. It is the only way her family could protect her from the Raiders and others. She doesn't know how to be girly or how a girl really acts. When her brother never returns Jack makes it her mission to find him. She doesn't go alone and ask Fiona, Jonah and Bowen for their help. Her brother may know what happened to Fiona and Jonah's mother and they have to know she if she is ok. They have the cure and want to help others. When they are attacked by raiders they find help in the form of a boy named Kevin. He helps them and gives them a safe place to stay but he has many secrets he has hidden. The raiders will stop at nothing to destroy the cure and capture more women. They are all in danger and it is hard knowing who to trust. I really enjoyed Jack. She is a very confused character but that is to be understood as she has lived most of her life as a boy but when she meets Kevin he brings out the girly side of her. She doesn't know how to act and can't let anyone else know who she really is. She is a strong person and while she is afraid at times she doesn't let that stop her from her goals. Kevin is a mystery from the start. You never really know if he is a good guy or bad. He does things to help but then he does stuff that will make you think he may not be that good. I liked him all the way through the book as even when he was a mystery he had charm.  I loved Stung and loved Cured as well. Jack makes a wonderful character you just keep wanting more of. I could having a daughter and making her dress and act like a boy to keep her safe. The author does a great job showing the confusing she must experience and showing her softer side come out. The characters from the first book are in this as well but they aren't the main focus. I like how the author brought in a fresh POV to continue this book. The raiders have lost a lot of their women and are hunting for more. Even an old villain pops in to make an appearance. Jack never gives up hope and stays strong even when danger is all around. The ending wraps this up wonderful and I think anyone who like a dystopian book would enjoy this series. There is old characters and new ones to enjoy in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:p and dis book was okay i guess ferst one was better tho. But thers to much romance in the ferst one always kissing. Its weird