Monday, August 26, 2013

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Stung by Bethany Wiggins
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Walker Childrens Books

There is no cure for being stung.  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 hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.  Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.  Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall.  - Goodreads.com

This book was a blast of suspense and action, and I absolutely loved it.  The story starts right in the middle of something, so at first it seems like you're missing pieces or came in right in the middle.  It gave it a feeling as if it was a sequel and that I had missed book one.  It didn't take long though for me to catch on and to love that approach.  It started the action off immediately and really sucked me into the book.

One thing I really loved about this book was that nothing and no one was exactly what they seemed.  Because of that, there were quite a few things and events in this book that were totally unexpected.  I was shocked and my jaw was on the floor more than once.  You find out the pieces to what's going on a little at a time, right along with the main character, Fiona, rather than learning everything up front.  This just increased the suspense for me and made me feel as if I was experiencing everything myself, as if I was standing next to the characters.  I loved this approach.

The characters were great.  I loved Fiona.  She's so clueless at first, having no idea what has happened to her up until then, and having no memory of anything.  The fact that she doesn't remember ups the scary factor a bit, which makes suspense even higher for me.  And Bowen... loved him.  I didn't start out that way.. he had to grow on me, but he sure did.  This guy was so loving to her, and so determined to protect her... who wouldn't have their heart melt for a guy like that.

The final scene in the book was so amazing.  I gasped and read as quickly as I possibly could.  It was very Christian-persecution a la ancient Rome, and it had me on the edge of my seat.  I can't really reveal more than that without giving away some pivotal information. The entire last third of this book was just amazing and had me pulling my hair out in suspense.

It seems that some reviewers have really been hard on this book, and after reading their reviews, I have to wonder if they were reading the same book as me, because I loved this book!  It was amazing.  I can't wait until the next installment.


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