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The Bees - A Novel

Laline Paull

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Orlagh Cassidy

Length:

10h 16m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

03:22


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:41


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

21:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

19:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:33


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

16:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

24:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

13:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

20:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

13:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

00:36