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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 wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she's right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . ..


by Bethany Wiggins

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Overall Review:  

Initially you might think the premise of Stung seems outrageous, but when you stop and think about it, the idea is legitimate--the extinct bee part at least. The fact that this could possibly happen in our distant future added to the intrigue of the story. In addition to the things that could likely happen, Bethany Wiggins also includes many elements that fit more in the fantasy category, thus broadening the audience. The book was not perfect, as there are some odd things that occur, but if the story was completely realistic it wouldn't have been as interesting. There are some great characters who deliver plenty of surprises and there's even a little love story for those who like a little romance. Full of action from page one, Wiggins grabs your interest and holds it until the end.

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Profanity/Language:  3 mild obscenities.

Violence/Gore:  Many (58) brief incidents including verbal threats; threatened with gun; character could die; character tells another to commit suicide if put in a bad situation; secondhand report of character getting injured during war; reference to epidemic that caused many to die; character hears someone getting shot; secondhand reports of murder; poem about dead child; reference to character trying to scratch another's eyes out; characters forced to fight each other (a cage fight); person grabs another's hair and injures ankle; character tazed; person knocked out; character bites another; person shot and barely hurt; characters shot and killed; character punches one person and accidentally kills another.

One extended incident of a cage fight.

Sex/Nudity:  Many (26) brief incidents including kissing; hand holding; hugging; bodies naked for medical procedure; character notices (clothed) female body parts; reference to covering female body parts (to hide them); innuendo; making babies mentioned; dream with innuendo; reference to rapists; character straddles another character (fully clothed) and touches/gropes until stopped.

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Kidnapping, murder, epidemic, starvation, poverty, death, reference to slavery and rapists.

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Reviewed By Jenny
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