The Bees

By Laline Paull
Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780062331151, 352pp.

Publication Date: August 2014

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Description

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 assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen. A feat of bravery grants her access to 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 preeminence-enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the hive's strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by a greater power: a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, and her society-and lead her to perform unthinkable deeds.

Thrilling, suspenseful, and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees and its dazzling young heroine will forever change the way you look at the world outside your window.




About the Author
LALINE PAULL studied English at Oxford, screenwriting in Los Angeles and theatre in London, where she has had two plays performed at the Royal National Theatre. She is a member of BAFTA and the Writers Guild of America. She lives in England by the sea with her husband, the photographer Adrian Peacock, and their three children.WEB: LALINEPAULL.COMTWITTER: @LALINEPAULL
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