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Stung (Stung Series #1)

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by Bethany Wiggins

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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 wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any


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 wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she's right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . . .

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Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
When Fiona wakes up, she looks around in confusion. Everything is filthy, broken, and faded. How could this have happened? She went to sleep at age thirteen on a clean bed with clean sheets just a few nights previously. She looks in the mirror, only to see her college-age sister Lissa. But when she turns around, there is no one there. She realizes that the girl she saw was her reflection. A tattoo—an oval with ten legs—mars the back of her hand. She does not know why or how she knows this, but it must be covered. And, with her wild-eyed brother in hot pursuit, she abandons her house. Fiona's on the run. What she does not know as yet is that the honeybee population collapsed with disastrous results; and when the government tries to bio-engineer a cure, the cure becomes far worse than the original problem. Stung is an action-packed dystopian novel with strange twists and turns unfolding at every turn. Fans of The Hunger Games will love this thought-provoking novel as well. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Seventeen-year-old Fiona Tarsis is missing the past four years of her life. She finds herself in a post-apocalyptic world brought about by a flu, caused by genetically-modified bees, that causes infected patients to become feral beasts. Fiona is different because she is not generating any symptoms, so she might just be the last hope for mankind. Too bad she is on the run, finding begrudging help in a scowling street urchin named Arrin and soldier, Dreyden Bowen, the younger brother of a boy she had a crush on growing up. Highly sought after by all sides, Fiona and Bowen go on the run, but quickly grow close amongst the ruins. The romance between Fiona and Bowen is the most engrossing thing about the plot, played with just the right amount of innocence, tension, and heat. The rest of Stung, unfortunately, feels like a reheated version of other, better dystopian adventures. Fiona does not make a root-able heroine in her rush to play catch-up on the details of the end of the world; she seems more along-for-the ride, leaving her heroes battered and nearly broken in the quest to keep her safe. Much of the backstory and conspiracy feel tacked on at the end, rather than woven throughout. There is a grand love story at the center of Stung—rare and sweet, like the luxury honey has become in the world Wiggins creates—but it is trapped beneath efforts to mimic The Hunger Games. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—The pesticide developed to kill genetically modified bees that caused a bee flu epidemic killed almost everything else as well, leaving a world in which women are scarce, honey is more valuable than gold, and survival is tenuous. Fiona Tarsis wakes in the ruin of her Colorado home with no memory of how she got there. Lack of recall, however, does not keep her from recognizing a feral attacker as her twin brother, Jonah, and her flight from him through a window is just the beginning of her narrow escapes. Fo is captured by the militia, guardians of the gates to a walled city. Bowen, a handsome neighbor from Fo's old life, fills in the gaps in her memory. She learns that parents, desperate to save their children, voluntarily put them into comas hoping to keep them stable until a cure for the epidemic was found. The plot relies on coincidence and cannot fully hide weaknesses in characterization with its breakneck speed. Fo was 13 when she went into the coma, and 17 when she awakens with a more mature body and a mind that seemingly continued to develop while she was comatose. The inevitable love story is handled with some heat. Fo reacts instead of acts in the simplistic role of girl in peril. Sent to fight to the death, she is protected in the arena by Jonah until Bowen rescues her in the nick of time. The conclusion is anticlimactic, but the roaring pace keeps world-building to a minimum and makes this a crashing dystopic roller-coaster ride.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Kirkus Reviews
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 motives--Fiona is captured by the militia and seems destined for a short and painful life in a laboratory. Or worse--like all vaccinated children, Fiona bears the mark, and she could turn into a ravening beast at any moment--but she is also a female in a barren and depopulated world. Fiona loses her innocence but not her hope as she dives into chase scenes, gun battles, gladiatorial fights and a tentative romance with her rescuer/captor Dreyden Bowen. Wiggins (Shifting 2011) 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. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

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Walker & Company
Publication date:
Stung Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.01(d)
HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

BETHANY WIGGINS is the author of 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.

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Stung 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Read4YA More than 1 year ago
Stung grabbed my attention from the first sentence and didn’t let go. To say I loved it would be an understatement.  Fiona wakes up in her own bedroom without knowing how she got there or even when she fell asleep. To add to her confusion, her room isn’t how she remembers it. It’s dirty, disheveled, and faded. Normally a waking character is a cliché writers avoid like the plague, but it works so well here as the reader is immediately pulled into the mystery of Fiona’s world.  Unlike most dystopian novels, Stung takes place in the not so distant future instead of a century or two. Everything is different, yet the same, and I couldn’t help but feel the familiarity of this world within my own. The chain of events that lead to this society follow a logic, and incredibly scary, sequence.  I loved Fiona’s voice. There’s an innocence to her that makes her feel like your little sister and you want to protect her. She’s so relatable and sweet. Then there’s Bowen… *sigh* That’s all I’m going to say about him. You’ll have to discover his awesomeness on your own.  Overall, Stung is a fast-paced novel with great characters, solid writing, and a wonderful voice. In my opinion, Stung is even better than The Hunger Games.   
Think_Think More than 1 year ago
This book was such a wild ride from start to finish and I enjoyed every page. Well, I might have winced a couple of times too. And I might have got a book crush on Dreyden Bowen. lol Anyone else out there in the same boat? Anyways, I tore through this book. It kept my attention quite easily and was so intriguing. The story of Fiona was really cool to watch unfold. Fiona (Fo) wakes up in an unknown world where even her closest family has become monsters. Terrified, Fo flees and ends up in an underworld that is unlike anything she has never known. Fo has to decide who to trust and learn how to survive. Not an easy task for someone that still thinks they are 13, since those were the last memories she has. Now she is 17 and on the run from something she doesn't understand.  Stung kept me guessing all the way to the magnificent ending. This book was perfect. Great mixture of action, suspense, and a little romance. I highly recommend it. 5 stars to Stung by Bethany Wiggins.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i've ever read! Romance and adventure all wrapped in one! (\___/) (='.'=) (")__(") BUNNY!!!!!!!!!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Stung' is a fantastically written and inventive young adult dystopian novel that follows Fiona "Fo" after she wakes up into a new world where zombies run rampant and those that bear the strange tattoo on their right hands - "the mark of the beast" - are hunted down and turned in for ransom. Fiona must figure out what has happened to the world since she fell asleep - what went terribly wrong - and what happened to her family, all while fighting to survive and not getting captured or eaten alive. This was an original and interesting novel that delves into the idea of what would happen to the world if bees were to become extinct. What entails is a horror novel full of militia, zombies, and death on all levels of life. It's a scary thought that something like this could happen to the world just from bees being eradicated. Fiona was an interesting character - she had a lot to catch up on after missing out on the initial fallout - but she catches on quick. She's stronger than she thinks and is determined to survive, which gives her an edge in the new world she's been thrown into. The writing was enchanting and I was instantly drawn into the world the author created. The book was fast paced and I was reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next. I loved reading about the dystopian setting that the novel is based in and also finding out what happened to cause the world to come to this. Overall, this was a thought provoking and original novel that fans of dystopian fiction will not want to miss out on. Highly recommended! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am sitting here speechless over a truely scary read. The plausibility aspect of this thriller is what is scary! We have all wondered what would happen to the world if the bee population disappeared. This book takes that fear and jacks it up a notch. Without writing a book report or giving plot spoilers, lets just say that the good 'ol American government steps in to "save the day" and makes things 10 times worse than to begin with! This book was exciting, fast-paced, thought-provoking read I did not want to put down. It has a little romance, a lot of action, and a premise that will have you thinking long after you finish the book. I don't know if Ms. Wiggins has a sequel planned for this or not, but I for one would love it! Thank you Ms. Wiggins for an absolutely fantastic read. Will definitely be looking for more from you! -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great piece of art! One of my new favorites for sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Enjoyed the dystopian world the author created along with the romance between the two main characters. Can't wait until the next one in this series is out.
JenniferPittman More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t imagine waking up and everything and one you knew was gone. This is what happened to Fiona. Not only is her family gone, but even the outside world is different. If it hadn’t have been for working and planning my son’s curriculum I would have not put this book down from the time I started it until I finished it! It is a really great book! Stung is the first book I read by Bethany Wiggins, and I was not disappointed one bit. The plot was awesome, and it had just the right amount of action and most importantly no love triangle! Stung is something you could see happening to our world one day. If you like YA and/or dystopian, read Stung! I cannot wait to read more of her books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I startedthis book at 4 this afternoon and did not put it down til I was done. Its 845pm. Excellent book. I picked this out on a whim just from the cover photo lol. Did not read the description or anything. I believe in taking chances with books. Plenty good reads slip through the cracks if you don't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not typically the person you look over at to see they have their face buried in a book. Although, this book, along with the rest of Bethany's, is the acception. It's filled with action, and lust, and I would definitally recommend it!!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Stung is a thrilling, sometimes horrific, yet romantic tale that captivated me from the very beginning. When Fiona Tarsis, the main character, wakes up on her own bed, everything is different. Her home seems to have been in a state of neglect and abandonment for a very long time, the outside world is a desolate wasteland populated by beasts, and she is no longer a thirteen-year-old girl.  This is the kind of start to a book that is bound to grab my attention and hold it until answers to the mystery are found. The author fortunately does not provide the answers right away but keeps the reader guessing throughout the story, only supplying all the pieces of the puzzle towards the end. Stung presents a new and refreshing take on the futuristic, changed world theme. In this case the world isn't overrun by zombies, but by beasts. I, however, thought the raiders who roam the part of the city outside the wall, to be just as dangerous as the tattoo-marked beasts. Then there is the militia, supposed to be the good, law-keeping guys, whose loyalties are so doubtful that I wondered who the true beasts in this story were. As in all chaotic societies, there are those who will exploit the circumstances for personal gain.    Fiona is a strong, realistic female lead. Dreyden Bowen, as the other main character, is a bit of an enigma in the beginning. Because of some genetic tampering with the natural order of things, siblings are forced to fight to the death, middle aged people are terminated when they get to the age of fifty-five, and families are split because of a simple tattoo.  For those who love a bit of romance in a book, Stung will more than satisfy you. As impossibly difficult and often heart breaking choices and sacrifices need to be made, you may need to keep the Kleenex close at hand.  For a never-a-dull moment read full of suspense and romance, I highly recommend Stung as a more than worthwhile read. (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first chapter. I couldn't put it down and read it in less than a day. Looking foward to the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much iread it in one day!!! I would get it if i was you!!! The book is prob. For teens 12-18.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
WARNING: This Review Might Have Some Spoilers: 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 way with words that sucks you in, and has you wanting more and more! I really enjoyed the world Bethany created! Stung did have the same background as a lot of other Dystopian novels, but at the same time it was unique and SO much different and BETTER then ANY Dystopian novel I have EVER read! The reason I say it has the same background is because it was kinda the same type of setting as other Dystopian novels. The end of the world with society spilt in different groups. Some safely behind the wall and some stuck on the outskirts of the city just fighting to survive. Then we have the army or a Bethany calls them in Stung the Militia who protects the outerwall and captures fec's and beast to take them to the lab to help find a cure for the infected. We also have the roofless gangs or as Bethany calls them the Raiders, that kidnap, rape and terrorize ANY female that they find! They also use to infected beast and fec's as pets and throw them in the pits to battle to the death for sport! Then we have the government or what's left of it. People who stepped up and claimed power for the "Inner Good Of The People" to take control and help to rebuild the community! Or what Bethany calls them the in Stung the innerguard, the ones safely behind the wall! But of course as in any good Dystopian novel the Marjory of the government is corrupt and power hungry! Then we have the most important, the infected! These things are NOT zombies. I guess you could say they act like zombies, but they are still alive and they only eat you if they have no other source of food, which in this book if your on the wrong side of the wall then their isn't much to eat unless your the Milita protecting the outerwall! Then we also have the normal people just trying to survive like in any good Dystopian novel. Even with all the similarities to other Dystopian novels this book is still VERY unique in it's own way! The Plot..... It ALL started with the bees! The bees were going extinct and if that happens then the people could very well go extinct too! Why, you wonder like I did before reading this novel? Well, because if their is no more bees left, then that would mean that their would be no source to pollen the plants and vegetables and if theirs no source to pollen the plants and vegetables, then that means that the plants and vegetables will start to die off, and if the plants and vegetables die off, then that means that the animals that feed on the plants and vegetables will start to die off too, then that means we as humans have NO source of food, then that means we will start to die off too! That right there was very real to me, and scary at the same time because as crazy as it seems I could very well see a world like that, the way Bethany has played it out in Stung! And when the world seems real then the book feels real! The bees were going extinct so the scientist stepped up to create and generated bee called the GenMod bees. Only problem with theses GenMod bees were that they killed off every last bee until ALL the bees were extinct! But it gets worse! These bees were also causing a deadly flu to humans. The bee flu virus was very contagious and could spread very easily. So it turns out that the GenMod bees were very hard to kill. So they created a vaccine to the bee flu and then their was hope again, that is until the people who started taking the vaccine started turning into mindless, lethal beast who preyed on humans! So Fiona wakes up in her abandoned house, and she's alone. But whats more disturbing is the tattoo of a black, spiderrish oval with ten legs on the back of her hand. She doesn't remember getting it and doesn't know what it stands for, but something inside her is telling her she must "Conceal The Mark", So that's what she does, not having a clue why! Only when she is attacked in her house does she finally realize that things are not the same as when she went to sleep, and she's right the world has changed! Fiona is in search for answers! She must find her family or what happened to them! She needs to know why the streets are abandoned except for people with guns or the dirty humans running to the sewers underground! But most important what are these people that are animal-like, feral, and why are they trying to attack and kill her! She has to figure all this out while trying to evade capture from every person, thing, or beast out there, around every corner waiting to get the hands on Fiona the 10, the most valuable fec known! But Fiona is lucky when she runs into a old neighbor along the way that now works with the Milita and at first he's a little reluctant to help Fiona because of her tattoo. But after seeing that she is a normal person and not a fec, he fights for her survival and even puts her safety above his! All while trying to fight the unedifying attraction he is having towards her and that is a BIG NO, NO! You don't catch feelings for the fec's! I mean this book was AMAZING, I really loved it and I loved the writing style Bethany has created in Stung! This book is an EASY 5 stars and it really deserves SO MUCH MORE then just a 5! I will be eagerly awaiting the second book in this series, expected to release in January 2014! So long away, I don't know how I'll ever survive that long without the sequel! :)
Anonymous 5 hours ago
This book is really good and I would recommend it to others. It also has something to do with ebola and stuff like that which makes it more interesting as it is. It is a book of excellency
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a realy great booj. You will like this book if you like ebola.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ive ever read. After i picked it up i could not put it down until i was done i think i finished it within one day because it was so good. Today i found out theres a second one! YES
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I've read. I wish there were more books to it. It would make a awesome movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HArd to put down
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Excellent read for me. I love the way the story unfolds. As a reader, I found that I experienced the happenings along with the main character as if I was discovering it rather than viewing it. I'm looking forward to the second book in the series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters you get invested in them and don't want to put the book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best book I have read yet! I could not put it down, I read it in a few hours because you did not want to stop. I have read the sequel, I would also highly recomend it as well. Stung and Cured are by far a five star book. I hope another book comes out soon