SciFi Book Review: Cured

Cured 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.

Jacqui has been living in disguise as a boy for years. When she overhears some unexpected news between her parents, Jacqui decides to help Fiona find her mother. Bowen and Fiona are now a strong couple, and their relationship is sweet – especially in the previous novel. But his comments towards Jacqui are cruel and get annoying at times. However, Jacqui is a likeable character – wise and well-prepared.

Cured is the sequel to Stung. Now that there’s a cure to the beast-like infected, the danger comes from mostly from trying to dodge the raiders. But there is plenty of mystery, suspense, and a bit of romance in this exciting conclusion. This character-driven story is a dramatic journey that I couldn’t put down.