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Panther in the Hive

(The Tasha Trilogy #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Panther in the Hive is at once an unforgettable coming-of-age story and a captivating vision of an unsettling future. Tasha Lockett, orphan, oddball, and former fashion addict, is alone in a Chicago overrun with citizens-turned-weapons, the result of the cybertronic disaster that brought the country to its knees four days ago. When Tasha receives a letter from her estrange ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published March 31st 2014 by Fletchero Publishing
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Faith Simone
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You HAVE to read this book! I’m so glad I stumbled across it while reading a Huffington Post article. I typically don’t read Sci-Fi. Like ever. But I’ve heard from a few of my fellow writer friends that they don’t read books in the genre they write in because they don’t want their work to be influenced. So I thought, why not take a leap of faith and read a Sci-Fi book?

Best. Decision. Ever.

This story gripped me from the first page and held my attention until the very last word. That’s saying a lo
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so this is one of those books that makes you feel like you seriously can’t put it down. And when you finally do, you’re still thinking about it. Then, eager to know what’s next, you pick it up again and before you know it it’s over.

So it’s safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed Panther in the Hive. There seems to be a plethora of dystopian novels on bookshelves these days (some good, some not so much), and I’m always a sucker for some end-of-the-world, fallen civilization type of drama — and I m
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I was really hoping that in the end, I would like this novel better. And in truth, there's a lot to like. Cole's imagining of Chicago in 2080 is detailed and thought-provoking. She's done a great job at identifying trends and following them out to their logical conclusion, and then building a world that follows those rules. I also like the twist on the zombie theme; the way she weaves in race/class into the mix is interesting and very promising. And I liked the main character a lot, at least for ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-sci-fi
This book was actually fantastic. When I finished it last night, I was a little bit disappointed in the ending. However, after thinking about it today, I realized a few things that I think are worth noting.

This is not a love story.

This is nota book that has a typical happy ending where everything turns out peachy and all is well in the world.

This is the story of a woman's struggle to escape the hell that has erupted around her.

Though this book is set in the future, I found a lot of parallels to
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I was an Indiegogo sponsor for this novel and was very excited to read it but ended up thinking it was just fine. It didn't sink its teeth into me (pun!) but there were a lot of things I did really like about it!

I really appreciated that most (all?) of the characters were people of color, and as someone who reads a LOT of post-apocalyptic fiction, I liked having a young capable female protagonist, which I think the genre is often missing. I thought Tasha was a great lead but the plot often just
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED Panther in the Hive. Thought it was really engaging, liked the way themes of class, race, and female friendships were woven through the story.

I particularly appreciated that it doesn't fall into the magical-gifted-child trap -- Tasha is a young adult, and she is so believable as a character. I feel that too often, authors create protagonists that are twelve years old and magically know how to do everything right -- Tasha is imperfect, but capable. She and the others in the story are ver
"We were raised in a world that convinced us to trick ourselves into believing that the more things we owned, the safer we would be, the happier we would be. We have come to believe we have more than there is to be gained by abandoning what we have. This is a lie. We have nothing.”

The setting is Chicago in the late 2070s. Health insurance has become dominated by one company, and is available only to the very wealthy, most of whom have had a protective chip placed in the side of their neck. One d
Andrea Walker-louissaint
Good for a different take on the Post Apocalyptic/Sci-Fi novel

Overall I enjoyed this book. It had its problems but I always felt compelled to keep reading. It was nice to read a Post Apocalyptic/Sci-Fi novel that is told from a different perspective. It started off well, but took a turn for the worse in the latter part of the book. I enjoyed watching our young heroine grow, but she makes dumb mistake that seem totally uncharacteristic of her. I also felt some of the "technology" seemed far too a
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
In a world where a single corporation owns all healthcare, only those who can pay the equivalent of a trip to the moon or who work for the government are able to access even basic care. The health cards read 'The Few' and serve as status symbols that are also able to get you access to a chip implant that keeps your body healthy while 'the many' are left to die. That is, until everyone with a chip becomes a cannibal eating those who weren't "lucky" enough to receive the chip. The story follows Ta ...more
This is a three star book, but I'm giving it four since it has so much originality, and is so unapologetically diverse - another form of originality. Also I raced through it so, always fun when a book just grabs you. And edited to add: no one gets raped in it. No one is even threatened with sexual violence as a result of the apocalypse. Everyone is just worried about the goddamn zombies, not devolving into lawlessness and depravity. Do you know how special this is for apocalyptic fiction? When I ...more
Jennifer Klaric
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a person who has become sick and tired of the cliche stories on apocalypses, I was genuinely surprised at how much I loved this book.
Written in such an eloquent, witty way, you won't be able to put it down. It is funny, not centered around the white male gaze at all, and you will be thinking about it long after finishing it.
Olivia Cole is a fantastic writer, and I am ready to read more from her.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
What a hot mess. I didn't like the narrator; she felt like a feeble attempt at making some sort of statement about vanity in the context of the end of the world. That statement was never made. Throughout the entire book, the attempt at character development failed despite the fact that Cole seemed to focus so strongly on it. Plot-wise, I kept expecting this fear-of-technology to resolve in some way. It didn't. This book read like a soap opera.

Overall, I felt like this book perpetually convinced
Stephanie Toliver
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-sci-fi
Tasha is a 21-year old Black woman living in Chicago. She works at the mall, loves Prada, and kills zombie-like creatures bent on ending her existence. In this story set in in a futuristic, but not so distant, society, California has seceded from the US, walking sidewalks replace the concrete ones, and people pretty much live in mega malls.  A for-profit healthcare system creates a two-tiered hierarchy of citizens - those who can afford it and those who cannot. But, a glitch (I'm still not sure ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I was pulled in really quickly by a compelling first half of the book, but somewhere around the middle, Tasha's inner monologue began to annoy me, especially her constant dropping of pop-culture references that were "classics". She also did things that made me scratch my head and wonder how she managed to stay alive. Needing to pee so bad that she left her knife and wandered over to another part of a zoo filled with Minkers made me want to stop reading.

But I kept going and by the time she ended
Tamara Philip
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I finally forced myself to sit down and read this book which I wanted to read for ages now. and I was not disappointed! an actually diverse book that wasn't filled with stereotypes and cliché. Just fast paced well written action and plot. Not to mention interesting characters and storyline details that just made it so much more better.

Tasha angered me sometimes because she was so vapid but I couldn't stay mad at her because she was so effective and she also lamented her own shortcomings on h
Teresa Henderson
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not a book I would have found/chosen on my own. The synopsis did not interest me and I tend to shy away from science fiction books. I bought and read Panther in the Hive because I happen to follow Olivia Cole on Twitter. I was happy to find out she is an author, and I offered support by purchasing one of her books.

I am so glad I read it.

It took me some time to warm up to the main character Tasha -- only because I'll never understand devotion to overpriced name brands or feel the horror o
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know what it says about me that my favorite genre is the post-apocalyptic tale, but there it is. However, I very much dislike the all-too common tales where our hero is military and therefore apparently preternaturally prepared for when the SHTF, or where most of the plot is about men forming militaristic groups of "goodies" and "baddies" (the badness of the baddies inevitably immediately indicated by collecting and raping women), ESPECIALLY when the flavor of disaster is militaristic in ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
So. This book has pros and cons. I would recommend for:
- Apocalypse story with social commentary (rich vs poor, access to health care, shady government and corporation dealings)
- Good overall story/world, nice action and the book kept moving. Mostly realistic.
- I love watching an apocalypse unfold in real time and wondering “what would I do?” (The answer is: probably die. But I love imagining survival techniques.)
- Female POC main character!

Would not recommend for:
I think the author was trying
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
What an odd book. I couldn't finish it, but I read enough to become puzzled by the number of glaring errors that would've been caught by basic proofreading. I tried looking up the publisher, only to find that as far as google is concerned, at least, they've never published any other books besides Cole's, and have no website or address associated with them. Cole credits Indiegogo donors in the acknowledgments in the back of the book, so maybe this was entirely self-published? If so, I think it sp ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. My sister recommended it as a "feminist horror" novel, that she had to read in grad school. I saw some of that, but mostly just enjoyed the story. Its somewhat similar to "Walking Dead" but with a female heroine. My favorite part was when she found herself in the zoo and was forced to make a decision as to if she would set the animals free...

Once it got going (for me after the zoo part) it was an amazing page turner with an awesome conclusion. I've already started rea
Robert Andrews
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like a good quick paced “zombie” apocalypse story. This one is better because the protagonist is a young black woman so stepping into her experience is really exciting as most protagonist is popular science fiction is dominated by white people. Olivia Cole is walking in Octavia Butler’s shoes and doing it stunningly! Her character Tasha is compelling and unlike most protagonists because of her honesty. I also love the overall critique of our materialistic and conforming culture. A good, exciti ...more
Anna Shelby ☕
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mount-ebook, dystopia
An easy read in-between some heavy fantasy tomes.
No part of this book is very developed. Which doesn't have to be a bad thing, if you're looking for a read, that won't engage your mind heavily.

The plot is very simple, the characters rough around the edges. What really grated on me was the writing, never read anything that slipped into such bottomless weirdness so fast. It may start with a normal sentence, continuing with the author trying her hand at poesy.

Initially I planned to read the sequel,
Garry Helee
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I never believed in spells,not until i contacted this great man. I’m FROM USA . I’ve been on Drugs since 2007,I was tested HIV+. 2.Due to some Family Issues, I had misunderstanding with my wife,and we went separate ways. But as i speak now I’m now HIV-, negative my husband is back with me and we are very happy again. I’m Very sure this Man can help every-one with HIS/HER problems.To me there is no problem that Dr.ONUWA can’t solve. HIS MAIL ADDRESS____
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Lin Clements
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read

I fell in love with Tasha from the first chapter, and watching her genuinely evolve over the course of the book was wonderful. The plot is well constructed, Cole's pacing keeps you turning pages, and her style yanks you into this world and keeps you engrossed. Looking forward to reading more!
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good read. I had a bit of trouble sinking into it at first, some of the flashback/setup stuff seemed a little on the nose, but once I settled in I flew through it. There are things you could pick apart in this book, particularly the anachronistic dropping of current-era pop culture references, but the underlying vein of snark meant I was having too much fun to really worry about them.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Nah. I really wanted to like this, it has all the elements of things I like. But I’m really sad to say it’s just... not that well written. So after 150 pages of gory and overly-descriptive exposition and not a whole lot of plot-motion, I decided that life was too short to finish this. Onto something more satisfying.
Olivia Henley
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well thought out storyline with an engaging, realistic main character. I loved that it didn't turn into a romance novel or a unrealistic "main character is amazing with zero training" type of situation.
Lesley Groetsch
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting twist on the genre

For the genre this is light, distracting reading. I'm looking forward to further character and plot development in 2 and 3.
Ariel Kimmel
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I get the appeal. It’s not really my thing though.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's actually an 4.5 out of 5
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Olivia Cole is an author and blogger from Louisville, Kentucky. She spent eight years in Chicago and two in South Florida before finding her way back home. She is the author of PANTHER IN THE HIVE and its sequel, THE ROOSTER’S GARDEN, as well as her latest young adult series, A CONSPIRACY OF STARS and its sequel AN ANATOMY OF BEASTS. She is on the Creative Writing faculty at the Kentucky Governor’ ...more

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“We were raised in a world that convinced us to trick ourselves into believing that the more things we owned, the safer we would be, the happier we would be. We have come to believe we have more than there is to be gained by abandoning what we have. This is a lie. We have nothing.” 0 likes
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