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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…
I was recommended this book by My book jacket @ Books and strips. And I’m so glad she did! If she hadn’t then I doubt I would have even noticed, let alone pick the book up and check the blurb out.
It isn’t my usual kind of book which makes me even more grateful as my goal for this year is to read more widely, (And stop being so neurotically picky!)
This is one of those books that I enjoyed, but can’t quite put my finger on why, but I shall endeavour to do so for you, my wonderful ducklings. (No, I have no idea why I just called you that, just go with it.)
But! Before all that, I have to profess my undying love for the book cover. Look how GORGEOUS it is!! It’s so simplistic, but it has to be one of my favourite book covers that I’ve seen recently.
Every time I picked the book up, I had to take a moment to gaze lovingly at it and stroke it. (No, that’s not weird. Ask any book lover. If they say yes, they’re LYING!)
This book basically follows Flora through her life and pretty much sums it up. To me, there isn’t some major conflict for Flora to overcome, not like other books I’ve read.
Yes, there are many situations and mysteries.,(Although, I didn’t find them that mysterious), but this isn’t a dystopian which is what I thought when I read the blurb. In fact, I couldn’t categorize this book. I could say fantasy, but even that doesn’t feel right to me. But I suppose the closest genres would be fantasy and Dystopian. It’s a story, OK?!
Despite that I was craving a little bit more of a stronger, more defined conflict, I still enjoyed this book. I was fascinated by the hidden world of a beehive. The different classes of each bee, the drones, Flora herself, those are the bits I loved to read. And I think it’s the main reason I enjoyed this book.
I get the sense this book is trying to convey a message. Now me, I’m a bit clueless with working out the underlying theme. You’d have to thwack me around the head, but my gut’s telling me this is about loss, and grief and moving on.
But, what do I know? It could be about rainbows and dancing unicorns. This is just my interpretation of it.
This book was a refreshing read. I think I enjoyed it so much because it’s so unique and different.
And the ending? Well, that got the most extreme reaction from me, but it ended perfectly. It could not have ended in any other way. This gives me an impression that the Author writes the story how it should be written rather than based on how much she loves certain characters ect.
It feels as if this was a labour of love for the Author. (I mean, all books are, but I feel as if this story came into existence for a specific reason.)
There’s obviously been a lot of research put into this book and the writing is done well, particularly considering this Laline Paull’s debut novel.
All in all, I’m looking forward to Laline Paull’s next book. I’m very excited and intrigued to see what she comes up with next. Hopefully something with a more defined goal for the main characters.
To sum up, Good writing, undefined plot, Amazing world description
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? No
Would I read this Author again? Yes