Friday, 4 April 2014

Review: Cured by Bethany Wiggins

Title: Cured
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Stung #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 13th March 2014

Tell Me About It
Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbour, Jacqui.
Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way--until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family—details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life.

Bethany Wiggins’s reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won’t fail to stun readers.
My Thoughts
I began reading Cured with the impression that we would be with Fiona again and follow her continuously. So when I made a start on it I was confused, wondering who Jacqui is and what relevance she has to Stung and Fiona. A few pages into Cured, thanks to a flashback scene, the dots were connected and I began reading with renewed vigour. For those who need the mental push to jog their memories before they begin Cured, Jacqui is the 'boy' that Fiona runs past and gets peanut butter biscuits off 'him'.

Jacqui (A.K.A Jack) dresses and acts like a boy to keep her safe, women are a hot commodity in this world that Bethany has created and to keep Jacqui safe her parents made her cut off her hair, dress like a boy, and encourage lots of running practise. Jacqui leaves home to find Fiona and ask for help in finding her brother. After finally locating Fiona, Jacqui finds herself with not only the company of Fiona, but also Bowen and Jonah.

I really enjoyed the progress of Cured. There were a lot of surprises that I didn't expect but they definitly kept me on my toes. The introduction of Kevin into this little group made me question a lot of things about his intentions, but also brushed a lot of them off and accepted his presence. He aids this group on their journey, providing a safe haven for them to recuperate, and also saves a few lives on more than one occasion. But his secret past that he tries so hard to keep hidden, planted the seeds of doubt in my mind and made me question all over again what his intentions were.

After finishing Cured I have no doubt that this is my favourite book out of the pair, the characters from Stung have come so far and worked so hard to achieve what they have, and they strive to continue their work in making this world a safer placer for all. They have grown, physically and emotionally, and throughout the progress of Cured we also see Jacqui learn more about her home life as she pieces the puzzle pieces together.

Bethany certainly knows how to not only keep you guessing, but also keep you on your toes as you join the characters on the perilous journey they take in Cured. I am definitely putting Bethany on my authors to watch list.

About Bethany
Bethany Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid writer.  She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn't until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction--not the Bible

Once upon a time, Bethany's sister dared her to start writing an hour a day until she completed a novel. Bethany wrote a seven-hundred page fantasy novel that she wisely let no one read--but it taught her how to write.  She is the author of SHIFTING, STUNG (April 2013), and CURED (2014).

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like I need to get my hands on the first!


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