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The Bees: A Novel - Laline Paull
The Bees: A Novel
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The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death.Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and... show more
The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death.Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive’s survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw but her courage and strength are an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all—daring to challenge the Queen’s fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062331151 (0062331159)
ASIN: 0062331159
Publisher: Ecco
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Just a book blog
Just a book blog rated it
3.0 The Bees
Not only was Flora 717 born into the lowest class of her society, she was also born bigger and darker than the best of them. As a sanitation bee, she is only fit to clean the hive while living to accept, obey and serve which means to do whatever is necessary for the good of the hive and the holy mot...
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4.0 Great Book
This was a wonderful book. It was almost like you forgot that you were reading about bees and started to think of them as people.
Ruined by Reading
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4.0 All Abuzz
The Bees is a masterwork of world building. Set within a hive, this book follows one of the lowliest workers, Flora 717, a sanitation worker who is noticed early on as having special powers and promoted to jobs beyond her station. Flora, due to her many talents, is able to break free of the social r...
The Reading Jackalope
The Reading Jackalope rated it
4.0 The Bees: A Novel
I really enjoyed this, and it proves the point that you can make anything sympathetic if you find the common ground and then anthropomorphize the hell out of it. I did like the look into the lives of bees, from The Cluster during winter to the various tasks that each bee takes. I have a minor quibbl...
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4.0 The Bees: A Novel
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