Author: Bethany Wiggins
Publish Date: March 13, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Ebook; 336pg
Now that Fiona Tarsis and her twin brother, Jonah, are no longer beasts, they set out to find their mother, with the help of Bowen and a former neighbor, Jacqui. Heading for a safe settlement rumored to be in Wyoming, they plan to spread the cure along the way--until they are attacked by raiders. Luckily, they find a new ally in Kevin, who saves them and leads them to safety in his underground shelter. But the more they get to know Kevin, the more they suspect he has ties to the raiders. He also seems to know too many details about Jacqui and her family—details that could endanger them all. For the raiders will do anything they can to destroy the cure that would bring an end to their way of life. Bethany Wiggins’s reimagining of our world after an environmental catastrophe won’t fail to stun readers.
I'm apologizing in advance because this review has spoilers. You have been warned!
Cured is the sequel to the awesome book, Stung by Bethany Wiggins. In Stung, the story followed Fiona Tarsis as the main character. I really loved the character of Fiona and was ready to dig into more of her story. I was more than surprised when the book opened up with the main focus on a character named Jack. At first, it felt disorienting and I was wondering what had motivated the author to do this. Well, after a few chapters, I started relaxing and really enjoying the character of Jack. Eventually, Fiona and other support characters are introduced into Jack's world. But even after Fiona came back, I still was riveted to what was happening with Jack.
Jack has a secret to keep that is key to survival in the world Wiggins has created. If anyone found out she was a female, she could be sold to the Raiders who are known for their abuse of women. Jack has come to play her part as a 12 year old boy very convincingly. But she is miserable about missing the opportunity to be a normal teenage girl. Watching her struggle with her insecurities was very endearing and definitely earned my empathy.
Overall, this series is amazing and I highly recommend it because it is super fresh and exciting! The plot went at a nice pace and revealed things at the right times. I loved all the surprises throughout the book. Timing is everything and Wiggins nailed it.
5 stars to Cured by Bethany Wiggins!