TITLE: The Bees
AUTHOR: Laline Paull
PUBLISHER: Fourth Estate
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2015
GENRE: Thriller, Action
PAGE COUNT: 352
Imagine a thriller told from the perspective of bees. Through the analogy of a totalitarian beehive, Laline Paull’s debut novel questions our perception of the world and our humanity. With its startling political message, The Bees is destined to become a powerful dystopian classic.
Flora 717 is a sanitation worker from the lowest class of the hive. From birth, she knows her one duty is to accept, obey and serve. When Flora saves the hive from a wasp invasion and becomes the first of her kin to forage for nectar, she catches wind of insidious secrets. Plague, massacre, and religious purge bring death and discord to her home. Despite her readiness to sacrifice everything for her Queen, Flora’s stirring of forbidden maternal love could lead her to commit the most sacrilegious crime of all.
She dragged her body through and fell out onto the floor of an alien world. Static roared through her brain, thunderous vibration shook the ground and a thousand scents dazed her. All she could do was breathe until gradually the vibration and static subsided and the scent evaporated into the air. Her rigid body unlocked and she calmed as knowledge filled her mind. This was the Arrivals Hall and she was a worker. Her kin was Flora and her number was 717 – page 3