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The Bees (Hardcover)

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Wow! I was completely engrossed by this incredibly imaginative and very thought provoking novel. You are introduced to a society so alien yet Paull gives her characters an incredible humanity. The writing is excellent and the story is very compelling. The aspect I found most compelling was the blend of real life bee behavior and the fictionalization of the characters emotions and reactions----it was all incredibly alien and yet accessible and familiar. Paull performed a tightrope walk of literary genius and I highly recommend it. — Nici

I picked this up skeptically, figuring that it would either be really gimmicky or completely amazing. Within five pages, I had my answer: this book is completely amazing. Paull uses real bee behavior as a basis for a complex hive society; complete with a religion, a caste system, and threats from the outside world. Our heroine, Flora 717, is an abnormally large and intelligent bee. Her size and strength give her opportunities to work a variety of jobs, and as she begins to uncover the dark secrets of the hive, Flora makes a decision that could change the future of her entire hive. Well-crafted and filled with intrigue and action, this is a brilliant, thought provoking, and completely original debut that does for bees what Richard Adams did for rabbits in Watership Down.

— Flannery

May 2014 Indie Next List


“This book is completely amazing. Paull uses real bee behavior as the basis for a tale of complex hive society, complete with a religion, a caste system, and threats from the outside world. The heroine, Flora 717, is an abnormally large and intelligent bee. Her size and strength give her opportunities to work at a variety of jobs, and as she begins to uncover the dark secrets of the hive, Flora makes a decision that could change the future of her entire hive. Well-crafted and filled with intrigue and action, this is a brilliant, thought-provoking, and completely original debut that does for bees what Richard Adams did for rabbits in Watership Down.”
— Flannery Fitch, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062331151
ISBN-10: 0062331159
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English

 

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