The Bees

The Bees

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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 assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free… (more)

Editorial reviews (7 reviews)


Paull’s prose envelops the senses just as the sounds and smells of the hive hypnotise the bees, drenching her readers with nectar and honey, then switching the pace to depict frenetic, spiralling flights.

This period setting combined with the nightmarish authoritarian society Paull has constructed makes for an inventive and slightly unsettling read. You will never look at bees the same way again.

Few novels create such a singular reading experience. The buzz you will hear surrounding this book and its astonishing author is utterly deserved.

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Book Details  


Publisher: HarperCollins (May 06, 2014)

Collection: Ecco

Format: EPUB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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