STUNG by Bethany Wiggins starts off with Fiona Tarsis waking up not knowing how she got in her bed. She finds a mark on her hand not knowing what it is but knowing she must hide it. She also notices that her body has matured. And as she looks around her house, everything is destroyed and dull, as if no one had lived there for ages. She doesn't see her mom, dad or siblings and can't remember where they went and why they would leave her. She looks around, and the neighborhood is abandoned.
"I honestly could not put this book down. I would recommend this book to anyone."
Fiona meets a girl name Arrin who takes her underground through the tunnels and takes care of her. Arrin also gives her advice on how to survive; she cuts Fiona's hair, and tells her never reveal that she is female. As a price for her assistance, she requests that Fiona rescue her brother from the militia. Fiona goes into the militia as a distraction for Arrin, but gets caught. The guard who watches over her is named Bowen. He's the only one who knows her and that she is a girl.
Bowen and Fiona have history together: they were classmates and neighbors. He grows so fond of her that they run away together. She finds out that her mother could be dead and her sister is alive and married. She recalls a memory of Jonah, her twin brother, killing their father. She asks a lot of questions, like how old they are. He replies that they are 17 years old even though this whole time she's thought that she's 13. Then, the militia breaks into their hideout, and they run to an abandoned hotel and rest. Bowen goes out for supplies and Arrin comes back letting her know that he has been captured. She says she knows a way to get to the other side of the wall. It turns out to be a trap and Fiona is sold to the pit, the place where they have beasts kill each other for entertainment purposes. And being the sellout, Arrin is sold right along with her. The governor makes a deal with Arrin that if she kills Fiona, he will get her out of the pit. Who will survive?
There is not one negative thing I can say about this book. This book is perfect. From start to finish this book was filled with non-stop action. My favorite thing is that it seems like the author tricked us a bit. When I was reading, I was hoping for a romance but didn't see one so when it came I was surprised; the expected turned out to be unexpected. I absolutely love this book. The author's mind seems so creative that it has me looking for more books that she's written. I honestly could not put this book down. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Reviewed by Akia D. on June 21, 2013