The Bees

 
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Release Date
May 06, 2014
ISBN
0062331159
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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 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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Dark Fables Meets Science Class
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There is so much to say about The Bees: A novel. It is not a remake of " A Bug's Life". This novel reached by hands at the perfect time. I had just finished reading a few articles about bees and how their habitats are in danger. I also was looking for a change in genres - something a little different. I found everything I was looking for in this novel!

The publisher describes this as a cross between Hunger Games and Handmaid's Tale. While I see the reason behind the comparison, The Bees, stands out on it's own.

The story is told through the point of view of Flora 717. In her hive, bees are born everyday. They are born to clean, born to serve, born to obey. But Flora isn't your typical "worker bee". She's born different and in her world different can be dangerous.

Laline Paull offers a detailed portrait of hive life. It is evident that research was done and it beautifully narrates the harsh realities of the natural world and the bee habitiats. At times the bees are very humanized, which I feel allows the reader to relate more to Flora 717.

The Bees: A novel is a great science-fiction/ fantasy novel with a touch of dystopian weaved through. It is a great blend of nature and fantasy. A modern day fairy tale for teens and adults.

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