Friday, June 28, 2013
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
Stung by Bethany Wiggins
"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 . . ."- summary from Amazon
This was a really interesting dystopian, and had such a crazy, wonderful concept at the center of it. The book sucks you right in, but I had to force myself to keep reading after about 100 pages of not knowing ANYTHING. Fiona wakes up and knows nothing about this current world, and so when she does meet up with other people, Arrin and later Bowen, they keep mentioning things and not explaining them. And I know they're just trying to stay alive and all that crap, but still, I need a little something! Otherwise, it's just confusing. Eventually, Fiona gets some memories back and is given explanations for what exactly happened to the world, and it's all fine and dandy.
Anyway, the book is done really well and kept me reading. It helps when your main character is spending the whole book just trying to stay alive, so there's always something happening. There's a lot of action in this book and, yes, a romance, but I felt like that took a backseat to most everything else going on, at least until the end.
The ending is just awesome. I was burning through the pages so quickly to see what would happen next. It wraps this chapter of things up well so it's not a huge cliffhanger, but I'm still excited to read the sequel and see where things go from here.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more of this series.
FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.