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 . . .
In the post-apocalyptic world of Stung all bees are extinct and honey is used as currency. Fiona wakes up not knowing anything that has happened for 3 or four years, since she was thirteen, so she sets out to find answers. She runs into Arris, who poses as a girl and survives by living in the sewers. He/she tells Fiona and she must hide the fact that she is female because there aren’t that many left and so she binds her chest and dirties her clothes. Inside the wall, doctors are anxious to get their hands on Fiona for medical experimentation purposes. Dreyden Bowen, a former neighbor of Fiona’s, is now a guardian of the wall and when he is assigned a duty of watching her he realizes he cares for her and doesn’t want the doctors to get their hands on her because it would mean her death.
I rated this book five stars ***** and can’t wait to read the sequel, Cured.