Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: April 2nd 2013
Stung was the kind of novel that keeps bibliophiles awake at night, fighting the drowsiness with everything they've got just so they can read the last word, on the last page of one of the most outstanding reads they'll have in a long time.
Stung revolves around a girl named Fiona who lives in a world divided by a wall. One side is of peace, oblivion, and fear, while the other side is built upon that fear, desperation, and the desire to be on the other side of the wall. The real difference between these two divisions is not what the people feel, but what they are. On one side humans live, and on the other humans struggle to survive alongside the beasts that were exiled there after the epidemic that broke out. This epidemic began because of a vaccine that was created for a deadly flu outbreak. A vaccine that ended up turning almost the entirety of the adolescent youth into beasts. These beasts are then marked, and hunted accordingly. Only one problem. Fiona's been marked, and she's fully human. There's something special about Fiona, and to find out why, she'll have to remember how she ended up on the wrong side of the wall, why the man she's being held captive by looks so familiar, and why the hell everyone on her side of the wall is after her.
I fell in love with Stung's refreshing, new storyline - one that no doubt set it apart from any dystopian novel I've ever read. The character development and the relationships that sparked between each of them were so expertly developed I felt that if I finished the novel, I'd lose someone that I knew. I really enjoyed the fact that Wiggins was able to get across the passion both Fiona and Bowen had (the familiar man holding her captive) to survive. I thought it worked well in adding to their desperation.
There were a couple of low points in the novel that made this a 4 star instead of a 5. The main point was the memory loss. I always have a problem with novels that involve the loss of memory by any one of the characters. I feel like it's a way to drag the story out way longer than it needs to be. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing how the characters get past that memory barrier; however with Fiona it just wasn't as exciting. One minute something looks familiar, next thing you now, she remembers something. It just wasn't realistic. (Whenever she remembered something it always seemed to be at the most inconvenient of times.)
All in all, Stung took the dystopia genre to a whole new level. With a few injections of sci-fi, and a dose of mystery, Stung will be the perfect cure for any reader in need of an exhilarating, and dynamic new thriller to read.