Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, and her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden…
I enjoy novels about personified animals. This one seemed right up my alley. The way this book was written made it seem like the beehive was a cult. I didn’t finish this book because it really became monotonous and repetitive and it couldn’t hold my interest passed the first-half of the book.
Overall the book isn’t a bad book, but with the tagline “The Handmaid’s Tale” meets “The Hunger Games” and not having read “The Handmaid’s Tale” I didn’t have a proper reference point to be able to say that this is “The Handmaid’s Tale” with bees or that it just borrows themes from the book.
For my overall decision, this book would be more suited to people who are interested in personified animals and are fans of books and TV Shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale”.