Stung (Stung Series #1)

Stung (Stung Series #1)

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 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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802734181
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: Stung Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile: HL760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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. 96 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.
Anonymous 11 months ago
A captivating novel that discusses the implications of environmental change on human society, while also following a realistic storyline of a 17-year old girl who must navigate a changed world. Could not put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story seems to be written by a talented fifteen year old (not talented like Paolini was)who took all their favorite parts of all the popular teen dystopian society series' and combined them, but with their vision of how they'd make it better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy and enjoyable! A dystopian novel with a few twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 .