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The Bees by Laline Paull
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I liked the idea and the glimpse of life inside a beehive but I wasn’t convinced by the way the bees have human emotions and such human social structures.

I also didn’t like the way that Flora was always at the forefront of events. She was a bit too perfect to be likeable, she was always the first to jump into a fight and always the one to have the discussions with outsiders and be the saviour of the beehive. She didn’t care at all for herself or her own safety, just for the hive as a collective and for her children. A Mary-Jane in bee form!

It’s well written though and easy to read – it would make a good summer holiday novel. I can’t help thinking that because the story is quite simple but requires a rather large suspension of disbelief it would have been better as a children’s book.

The story is certainly something different though and it has made me think (worry!) more about bees and especially how they must be suffering this year after all the flowers have died in the long, hot summer.

So, it’s interesting but didn’t hit the mark for me, it was just too forced – the story felt like it fit around the events the author wanted to happen and not the other way round.
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Reading Progress

November 7, 2016 – Shelved
November 7, 2016 – Shelved as: own-and-need-to-read
May 30, 2018 – Shelved as: book-club
July 12, 2018 – Started Reading
July 13, 2018 –
page 323
93.35%
July 15, 2018 – Finished Reading
August 16, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed

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