by Cindy R. Wilson
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release date: March 3rd 2020
They call me the Scorpion because they don’t know who I really am. All they know is that someone is stealing from people with excess to help people with nothing survive another day.
I am lost for words! I have devoured this story and I loved every chapter of it!
Cindy R. Wilson is amazing, simple as that. With “Sting” we have a story of two separated worlds – the Darkside and the Light District. One world needs a hero and here comes the Scorpion. She fights for justice, she fights to bring food and other supplies to the Darkside until someone betrays her and she ends up in Decay – the worst place she could ever be! However, she finds an ally, a friend and together they will try to bring down a corrupt system. Together, they will try to bring true light on both sides.
The writing hooked me up from the start. Each chapter starts with an inventory – what Tessa has on her in that moment. These first lines are fantastic and bring the reader closer to the character. And are also funny. Tessa is strong, determined and sometimes reckless. When she meets Pike in Decay she becomes more focused and learns to control her impulses. We have a love triangle as well, that confused me at some point because I liked both guys just as well. Yes, I love it…
But I cannot move past some items that could have been better adapted. Although I am happy we have a conclusion in this book (otherwise my heart would have stopped beating), I feel that the political system could have been better explained, as well as the reason why the world is in this state. The universe deserves more exploration. Even if we have 400 pages of story, 200 more wouldn’t have been enough. The action is not rushed at all, but the ending is too simple in my opinion. On one hand, I like the fact that the author kept it clean, with no unnecessary complications, but on the other I wanted more. The love triangle is intense in the beginning, but it was also easily solved.
Now you see my conflict? I love this book and I love the author. If you have not checked her books yet, please go ahead and do it now! But I cannot give 5 stars. I wanted so much more and there is room for so much more. So with my entire affection for “Sting” and Cindy R Wilson, I’m going ahead with 4 stars (though it pains me to do it). I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
Cover Review: I like the color scheme. It suggests a combination between dark and light and the way Scorpion looks over the Darkside is very fitting. Not a fan of the hair though, but this is just me being picky.
Favorite quote: “I can’t say it out loud – especially not to River. The only thing worse than losing something important is recognizing how important it is just before it vanishes.”