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The Bees

Laline Paull.

By Laline Paull

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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Format: Book
Author: Paull, Laline
Title: The bees / Laline Paull.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Subject: Bees -- Fiction. Queens -- Fiction. Survival -- Fiction. Fertility -- Fiction. Abnormalities, Human -- Fiction. Government, Resistance to -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780062331151 0062331159
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: F Paull
Oclc: 872272457
Bib Id: 518730

Format: Book
Author: Paull, Laline, author.
Title: The bees / Laline Paull.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
Description: 340 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Bees -- Fiction.
Subjects: Queens -- Fiction.
Subjects: Survival -- Fiction.
Subjects: Fertility -- Fiction.
Subjects: Abnormalities, Human -- Fiction.
Subjects: Government, Resistance to -- Fiction.
ISBN: 9780062331151
ISBN: 0062331159
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: F Paull