Published: May 6, 2014
The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut.
Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, and her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden…
Laline Paull’s chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, The Bees is the story of a heroine who changes her destiny and her world.
This wonderfully dramatic story is told from various bees points of view and it was such fun to read (or listen to, in my case)
The reader quickly becomes invested in the lives of the bees and their various “jobs” and learn that Flora 717, who was born a sanitation bee, wants a better life for herself. She goes so far as to break the most sacred law of the Hive, but don’t ask me exactly how she did it, because I’m unclear and it will take some research on my part.
She changes the lives of the bees around her and changes her entire world but she doesn’t get to enjoy it. Yes, I cried for a bee!!!