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Transcript of Stung
Just a couple things . . .
This book, like many others, has some problems. I feel it would be wrong for me to let someone blindly start a book, without knowing some of it's flaws. Now, I know it's hard to believe, but there are some plot wholes. Another thing is character development, there is not much, sadly the least comes from a main character. And can I just say, it gets a bit over dramatic at points.
"Stung" is a very fast read, and it kept me interested from beginning to end.
With or without those pesky plot wholes, the story was interesting.
I had never read a novel of this genre where the conflict originated from bees, and that was one of the things first interested me in the book.
Even though some characters don't develop
much, doesn't mean they aren't still good and interesting characters.
Some of the themes that would fit this book include . . .
Those who can think for themselves and choose to do wrong are the real beasts in this world.
Over trusting a confident person could end up very bad for you.
And of course, things/people aren't always as they seem
Old world ties
"Walls protect and walls limit"
One connection I made as a reader and student was the
similarity between the wall in the novel and the Berlin
wall. On one side of the Berlin wall there were people with
many different options of detergent, and on the other side, not
so much. In "Stung," the situation, granted slightly more
severe, was similar. On one side there's healthy folk,
and on the other, raging beasts.
The whole conflict in this book is caused by the decline of the bee population. The fact that you can go from our normal issues as humans, to fighting off raging beasts because the bee population dropped, well, it says a lot. You have to remember, bees pollinate not only our food, but also the food of our food. Sure, the way society in "Stung" handled the issue, is one of the many ways mankind could handle such a problem, that doesn't mean it can't happen that way.
By Bethany Wiggins
Fiona Tarsis - She is the main character who wakes up extremely confused in a desolate world.
Dreyden Bowen - He is part of the militia on the bad side of the wall whose job is to protect everyone else from dangerous creatures like Fiona. He is most commonly called Bowen
Arrin/Arris - The selfish character who originally "helps" Fiona
Very similar to the gladiator fighters of
Ancient Rome, there is an aspect of the book in which people are forced to fight to the death for other people's enjoyment.
One day, Fiona Tarsis wakes up in her broken and abandoned house, only
to find her whole world has been altered. Oh, and there's a couple small catches,
Fiona doesn't remember even going to sleep, and she wakes up with a strange tattoo on her wrist that she knows she has to cover. See, those with the tattoo have been infected, and thereby turned into violent beasts, that leave a path of
carnage throughout the streets and sewers, attacking the unbranded. There are
some lucky few who live protected and uninfected behind a wall, in a world surrounded by rules. And now that Fiona is awake, and she finds
herself on the wrong side of the wall.
This is indeed a series, and from what I can
tell there are only two books.
However don't be surprised if there
end up being three.
The second book is "Cured", and
it doesn't look half bad.
The Story Continues . . .
That quote by Jeanette Winterson, is one of the best ways to describe how the wall in "Stung" both helped and hindered those living inside it. Sure, the wall protected the residents from infected beasts and people who lived in the sewers. However those who lived "protected" behind the wall were told when they were to die, had a corrupt government, and believed people killing one another is entertainment.
Now just because a book has flaws doesn't mean
you shouldn't read it . . .
Presented by Denise Tepe
One passage in particular about the fights struck me as interesting. . . .
" 'Getting you ready for the fight. We've discovered
that people feel more sympathy for the fighters if they're
clean. And if they feel more sympathy, they make higher
bets.' " (242).
Can we take a second to talk about Bees?