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But Flora is not like other bees. Her curiosity is a dangerous flaw, especially once she is exposed to the mysteries of the Queen’s Library. But her courage and strength are assets, and Flora finds herself promoted up the social echelons. From sanitation to feeding the newborns in the royal nursery to becoming an elite forager, Flora revels in service to her hive.
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 who are jealously wed to power. Her deepest instinct to serve and sacrifice is now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart and her society, and lead her to commit unthinkable deeds…
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By Man of Song on 12-17-16
Excellent Concept, Mediocre Execution
What did you like best about The Bees? What did you like least?
I liked the concept / idea the most. I liked everything else the least.
What could Laline Paull have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Have a different narrator.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Most bee voice characterizations were snobby or holier-than-thou. The regular narration was that way, too.
Was The Bees worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
The book could have been better story-wise if there were more sub-plots or smarter reveals. The story was far too linear for my liking. The descriptions were rather plain, too -- I expected more of my imagination to be stimulated with visual ideas, for example. There was much text around smells and chemicals -- but these, too, were too narrow to let my imagination play.
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