The Bees

The Bees

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 165 x 234 x 28mm | 567g
  • English
  • New.
  • 0062331159
  • 9780062331151
  • 929,768

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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 to collect nectar and pollen. A feat of bravery grants her access to 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 preeminence-enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the hive's strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by a greater power: a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, and her society-and lead her to perform unthinkable deeds.

Thrilling, suspenseful, and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees and its dazzling young heroine will forever change the way you look at the world outside your window.
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It s rare to come across a book as mind-blowingly imaginative as Laline Paull s "The Bees." It s even more rare for such works to be successful, well-written, gripping stories..."The Bees" is an utterly memorable wonder of a novel. --Kirkus"
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30,793 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (10,969)
3 26% (8,048)
2 9% (2,887)
1 3% (1,076)

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The Bees by Laline Paull is a wildly imaginative debut novel. First and foremost, it is actually and truly about bees! The main characters are bees with some wasps in villainous supporting roles. You can read it literally and gain an understanding of a bee hive OR You can read it figuratively as a dystopian society in a human context. Either way, the fast-paced book grabs your attention from beginning to end. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/06/the-bees-novel.htmlshow more
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