The Bees by Laline Paull

The Bees

Laline Paull

This unique thriller centres on a beehive and principally Flora 717, a bee who occupies the lowest hierarchy of the hive society. It’s easy to forget that Flora isn’t human. Her maternal love and desire to serve and protect is deeply touching. I found myself championing this brave winged warrior as she faces mortal danger. Threats are forever upon her, and her future hangs in the balance as the tightly controlled hive begins to break down.

Extract

Joy rushed through Flora’s body and she looked down at herself. It was true, she did look young again. Her fur rose thick and lustrous, her cuticle gleamed, her joints were supple. Very quietly she opened her wing-latches and sent her consciousness running down the four membranes. Each one was strong and supple and whole, with no trace of damage. The deep tear she knew had been there had healed. Holy Mother’s youth restored with every egg. And she, a flora from Sanitation, was stealing the gift of life and youth and power from Holy Mother herself, bringing destruction and death on her hive.

Parallels
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding