ISBN 9780007598892,The Bees

The Bees


Laline Paull


Fourth Estate

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ISBN 9780007598892

Fourth Estate

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780007598892

ISBN-10 0007598890


Number of Pages 352 Pages
Language (English)


The handmaids tale meets water-ship down in this brilliantly imagined debut. Obey - Accept - Serve. 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. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the queens inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the hive mind and when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will lead to the unthinkable. Laline Paulls chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, the bees is the story of a heroine who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world.

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