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Stung by [Wiggins, Bethany]
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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, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The last thing Fiona remembers is being 13 and hearing about the dangerous domino effect that could result from the extinction of bees. When she wakes up, she is 17, sporting a strange tattoo, and the world outside is in postapocalyptic chaos. A sewer urchin gives Fiona the short version: Colorado has become a lawless country where bands of marauders attempt to earn their way into the safer walled city. Though Fiona succeeds in concealing herself as a boy (hard to believe, given the manhandling she undergoes), she is captured and identified as a “Ten”—a person infected with a flawed vaccine that will turn her into a zombielike beast unless killed. Thankfully, this group is headed by a protective, hunky former neighbor of Fiona’s. As with many teen dystopias, the rushed backstory exists primarily to provide opportunity to squeeze our romantic leads into tight quarters, and the Colosseum-inspired finale feels airlifted from another plot. Wiggins is skilled, however, at dropping bits of Fiona’s returning memories at dramatic moments. Finished with Veronica Roth’s Divergent (2011) et al? Try this. Grades 8-11. --Daniel Kraus

Product Details

  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book in less than a day. I was almost late for work because I got caught up in the story and lost track of what time it was. Then I was at work and also sneaking in a few chapters whenever I could. That just speaks numbers about a book, doesn't it? I loved this book and I cannot wait for more, seriously.

Not only is the story unique, I mean the extinction of honey bees while creating a clone of bees (which is the cause of the extinction of bees) which causes the 'bee flu' which has killed thousands upon thousands of people. They create this vaccine for the bee flu which is limited and is given in doses as much as ten. These kids are given tattoos that show how many vaccines they've given. Turns out, over long periods of time, there are deadly side effects to this vaccine. The patient will become violent and insane in which then call these 'kids' beasts. Level Ten's are the deadliest and strongest but they are super rare. Can you guess what level our main character Fiona is?

The story starts out with Fiona waking up in her bed and thinking she was thirteen years old, the last age she remembers being. Her house is a disaster, completely destroyed and it's utterly deserted. Confused and disoriented, she wanders about looking for any sign of her family but what she finds isn't something she wanted to see. Her twin brother, Jonah, as something other than human. He seems more like an animal than anything else, sniffing the carpet and growling like a dog would.

Things get kind of crazy and one of the coolest things about this book is we get to learn about this world and all the crazy factors in it along with our main character, as she's been - well we don't know what's happened to her to make her forget or not remember four years of her life.
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Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This was an action packed dystopian novel with a great plot, sweet romance, fun characters, all set in an intriguing world.

Opening Sentence: I don't remember going to sleep.

The Review:

Fiona doesn't remember going to sleep; her last memory was when she was 13 years old. She was happily living with her family. Her dad was retired from the air force, her older sister was in college, and her twin brother was one of her best friends. As she wakes up in her room, her house looks as if it has been abandoned for years. She has a strange tattoo on her right hand and she has no idea what has happened. She soon finds out that the world is very different from what she remembers. She seems to be much older than 13 years old, and her family is missing. The world has become overrun with beasts that use to be human. There was a vaccination that went terribly wrong and turned all its recipients into beasts. There are different levels of beasts depending on how long they got the vaccination; the highest level is a 10 because they got the vaccination for ten months. Level 10s are the strongest and most ferocious. The beasts have no humanity left in them, and they kill without hesitation.

To protect the rest of the people, a walled city has been built and only those with the best of health and enough money have been allowed to reside in the city. Everyone else is left outside to fend for themselves. The militias guard the walls and any beasts that are captured are sent to the labs to be evaluated so a cure can be found. Fiona has the tattoo and she is a level 10, but she is totally normal. She has no systems that point to her being a beast.
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Format: Hardcover
The opening of Stung is very similar to the recent Pretty Girl-13; a young girl suddenly finds herself at her home, seeking her parents, with a memory loss of several years. Both girls believe themselves to be thirteen and are surprised to see their "new" bodies. But whereas Angie from Pretty Girl-13 falls into the shocked and loving arms of her parents, Fiona falls out of a bathroom window as she struggles to escape a crazed, animalistic man who attempts to capture her. When she stares into the man's wild eyes, she realizes it's her twin brother, Jonah.

One of the first thing she notices is a strange tattoo on her hand; how did THAT get there? Oddly, she'd seen it on Jonah's hand, too. It's not immediately clear what the mark indicates, but we know it's not good when Fiona discovers it's known as "The Mark of the Beast." She wanders through a deserted Denver neighborhood, seeing only snarling, snapping dogs until...a group of men pointing assault rifles at her. A child appears and escorts Fiona underground through a manhole cover to safety. The child, a snarky girl named Arrin, demands payment for her trouble in the form of precious food or honey, and Fiona realizes again that this is not the world she remembers.

An exciting opening to this book quickly starts to fall apart, despite an interesting story that had a lot of potential. Arrin advises Fiona to look like a boy in order to stay safe. This involves chopping off her hair and binding her breasts. works. I had a hard time with this. I'm going to guess that at least 90% of teenage girls and women will still look female, even with short hair. Maybe Fiona falls into that (generous) 10% who don't? The imperative for Fiona to pass as a male was a major focal point of the book that quickly became tiresome.
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