Cured (Stung #2)
by Bethany Wiggins
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.
Jacqui has lived the past several years as a boy. It is the only way her family could protect her from the Raiders and others. She doesn't know how to be girly or how a girl really acts. When her brother never returns Jack makes it her mission to find him. She doesn't go alone and ask Fiona, Jonah and Bowen for their help. Her brother may know what happened to Fiona and Jonah's mother and they have to know she if she is ok. They have the cure and want to help others. When they are attacked by raiders they find help in the form of a boy named Kevin. He helps them and gives them a safe place to stay but he has many secrets he has hidden. The raiders will stop at nothing to destroy the cure and capture more women. They are all in danger and it is hard knowing who to trust.
I really enjoyed Jack. She is a very confused character but that is to be understood as she has lived most of her life as a boy but when she meets Kevin he brings out the girly side of her. She doesn't know how to act and can't let anyone else know who she really is. She is a strong person and while she is afraid at times she doesn't let that stop her from her goals. Kevin is a mystery from the start. You never really know if he is a good guy or bad. He does things to help but then he does stuff that will make you think he may not be that good. I liked him all the way through the book as even when he was a mystery he had charm.
I loved Stung and loved Cured as well. Jack makes a wonderful character you just keep wanting more of. I could having a daughter and making her dress and act like a boy to keep her safe. The author does a great job showing the confusing she must experience and showing her softer side come out. The characters from the first book are in this as well but they aren't the main focus. I like how the author brought in a fresh POV to continue this book. The raiders have lost a lot of their women and are hunting for more. Even an old villain pops in to make an appearance. Jack never gives up hope and stays strong even when danger is all around. The ending wraps this up wonderful and I think anyone who like a dystopian book would enjoy this series. There is old characters and new ones to enjoy in this one.
4 out of 5 Bats~Pam