I had previously not heard of Stung when the offer came to receive a copy for review, the synopsis sounded interesting but I did some research before saying yes. It definitely has mixed reviews, which can be daunting, but knowing that I have also not been impressed with books that others have loved, I decided to go with my gut instinct and say yes. When the book arrived and I actually got to see this amazing cover in real life it was instant cover love.
Imagine a world where the bee population was dying out, and to compensate genetically modified bees had been made, but these bees then went and killed the original bees, and now being stung by a bee means death. A vaccine was made to develop immunity to this new species of bees, but something went wrong, and people who had received the vaccine were slowly changing into wild, uncontrollable beats, intent on killing anything and anyone that gets in their way. Each person who receive a vaccine is labelled a level in accordance with the amount of vaccines they received, a level 10 being the highest. Our protagonist of Stung, Fiona, is a level 10. Waking up in a room that she remembers being different, and wearing clothes she has no recognition of, she sets out to find what has happened to not only herself, but her family
I am glad I said yes to Stung. I was struggling with another review book I was currently reading so decided to pick up Stung for a change of scenery and I began reading, suddenly I found myself on page 110 and I had no idea I had read that far. While the plot is slow to develop there was something that kept me wanting more, the mystery over what happened to Fiona, the reason for the tattoos, why the marked are captured or go into hiding. Soon enough the plot not only speeds up, but throws in a multitude of twists and turns, and had me constantly asking myself, Do I trust this person?
I was on edge of my seat reading Stung never knowing what would happen to Fiona or Bowen. The action keeps you engrossed and on edge throughout. I love the little pieces of the past that Fiona remembers as she slowly pieces the information together, trying to remember what happened to herself and her family, each new piece reveals a loss in her past, or a hidden memory, each one certainly makes you emotional, whether that be sadness, shock, happiness.
Fiona is a fighter, and no matter what is thrown in her face she approaches it head on, determined to see it through
I will not die without fighting for a life I am not yet done living.She fights for what is right, and true, and even if that means she has to make sacrifices herself she does it willingly if it saves others lives.
[Fiona, page 253, UK copy]
Jonah, Fiona's brother, who turned into a beast, makes a few appearances, and while the majority of them are violent and life threatening, I love how there is still some humanity left in him, enough to keep Fiona safe when it really matters.
My initial thoughts of Bowen were not that good, I didn't like him or the way he treated Fiona, but as he learns more about her we start to see sparks fly, and soon he is risking his own life to keep her safe. He is loyal to Fiona and stands by her through thick and thin and I am looking forward to seeing how this relationship develops in the next instalment.
Stung is a compelling read that quickly had me hooked, I found myself reading it so fast, wanting to know more, that before I knew it I had finished the book. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next in the second instalment due out next year, but disappointed I have to await so long to read it.