The Bees

The Bees

A Novel
Written by Laline Paull
Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy
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The Bees

A Novel
Written by Laline Paull | Narrated by Orlagh Cassidy
Have you heard the buzz about this Earphones Award winner? Flora is but a lowly sanitation bee when she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum — and uncovers shocking secrets about the strict social hierarchy that governs the hive. A “compelling” listen perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale (Booklist).


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.

Categories: Editor's Pick, Science Fiction & Fantasy, General Fiction
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Run time: 10:15:49
Unabridged Audiobook

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