Stung (Stung #1)
Stung captured and held my attention from the very first scene. There wasn’t a time when I wanted to put the book down because the story was terrible. Wiggins does a great job of hooking the reader’s attention and keeping it to the very end. Her descriptions aren’t flowery or purple prose but they fully immerse you into the Stung universe. Wiggins describes sights, smells, tastes, etc so it feels as if you’re taking this journey with Fiona and aren’t simply a bystander. Wiggins gives a lot of details so you are sucked into the book using your imagination and all your senses.
The plot itself was good. Nothing for which to be overjoyed, but it wasn’t super simplistic and annoying either. In other words, it was pretty predictable, but still enticing.
If you’ve read my review on Nirvana, then you know I coined it as a post-apocalyptic dystopia due to bee extinction. Stung is the apocalypse that occurs between our world and Nirvana‘s.
Sleeping Beauty Comparison
Stung is marketed as a Sleeping Beauty retelling so I’ll first compare it to the story it’s supposed to be like and then to the fairy tale it’s more like.
It takes the whole book to see a semblance of a connection between Stung and Sleeping Beauty. The main connection is, of course, a cursed sleep, but this could have been achieved without deeming Stung a Sleeping Beauty retelling.
|Beautiful, Blonde hair
|Eternal sleep of unknown duration due to cursed spindle prick
||Eternal sleep of 4 years due to induced medical coma
|Awoken by True Love’s kiss
||Awoken by medicine (cure)
It may seem like Stung and Sleeping Beauty have a few similarities, but they’re really irrelevant details. It’s obvious that Stung really isn’t a Sleeping Beauty retelling once you start reading it. It feels more like a Beauty and the Beast retelling even though it’s difficult to highlight the comparisons without giving the whole story way:
Beauty and the Beast Comparison
Fiona begins playing the role of the beast. This is because the drugs given to Fiona and her tattoo label her as a beast.
Fiona falls in love with her captor.
Bowen falls in love with Fiona even though she’s (supposed to be) a beast.
Stung could have easily flourished without being labeled a retelling; there aren’t enough similar features to force it to be one.