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THE BEES by Laline Paul

The Bees

 

 

The Bees by Laline Paul is like NOTHING I’ve read before. Those in the know liken it to The Hunger Games meets The Handmaid’s Tale, which is only partially true. I will certainly agree that this tale reminds me of The Handmaid’s Tale, a tale of sameness and Hive mentality, and of knowing your place and living with it. But I beg to differ with the comparison to Hunger Games.  To be sure, there is fighting, power struggles, and death, but not in the way that Hunger Games operates. The hive is not a game; it is a social structure with order. There is no pretense of entertainment. People (bees) are not sacrificed willy nilly.

Here is a synopsis of the book:

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut set in an ancient culture where only the queen may breed and deformity means death.

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 an asset. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect pollen. She also finds her way into 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 fertility—enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, her society—and lead her to unthinkable deeds.

Thrilling, suspenseful and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees gives us a dazzling young heroine and will change forever the way you look at the world outside your window.

 

That said, the way I felt reading The Bees was the same way I felt reading The Handmaid’s Tale. Lost, confused, hopeful, and angry. Was life inside a beehive really like this? Was their devotion to the Queen Mother that powerful? Is there a deeper message I am supposed to learn?

Yes. There is.

The Bees Rule

 

Accept. Obey. Serve.

Get yourself to the nearest bookstore and get inside The Hive. This is a smart book. Suitable for YA with only a few sexual references, in relation to male drone anatomy, which are mild compared to some other titles that are popular. This book surely will become required reading much like Handmaid’s Tale or The Son. There is lots of room for discussion about society and what, if anything humans can learn from bees.

This book is amazing. How the author came up with this idea escapes me. She must either be brilliant or very strange. Either way, I like her.

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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, Towne Book Center & Cafe Book Club pick

At the Towne Book Center and Cafe, June is a busy month for us. Most importantly, it’s the month that the book club celebrates its anniversary with a party. As book club facilitator, it was my pleasure to plan the party. Even more fun than planning the party, was listening to the discussion of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Not everyone agrees on the likability of the book, but we all agree that that’s part of what makes book club so much fun!

Here’s my take on the book.

I even suggested it to Pumpkin!  Thanks to my partner in crime at the bookstore, Jen, for suggesting this title!

I give The Age of Miracles 3 paws.

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Adult Fiction

Orangeberry Book Tours: Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard

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Genre – Mystery & Thriller / Technothriller
Rating – PG13 
(4.0 / 48 reviews)
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WARNING: “You will not be able to let it go until you read to the very last page.”
From Bestselling Amazon Author, Lars Guignard, comes the #1 turbo-charged, Techno-Spy Thriller, Lethal Circuit.


A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth. It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. 
And that’s the good news…
Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college grad, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he’s running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he’ll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he’ll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn’t, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems.
Can Michael Chase team up with a beautiful but deadly MI6 agent to find a lethal piece of Nazi technology that will save the world?
If you can’t get enough of the action and suspense of Lee Child, the intrigue of Robert Ludlum, and the adventure of Clive Cussler and James Rollins, you are going to LOVE Lethal Circuit!
Praise for Lethal Circuit
*Watch for the soon-to-be-released explosive sequel to Lethal Circuit - Blown Circuit. The action is about to blow sky high!
**If you were looking for a chilling paranormal mystery try Lars’, Brood. It’s a wild and frightening ride deep into the Alaskan wilderness where fish are being bred for more than their meat.
***If you’re a kid or a kid at heart, try Lars’ children’s chapter book, Ghost Leopard. Join Zoe and Zak as they journey high into the Himalayas in a magical adrenaline fueled adventure to a place few have been, and even fewer have returned to tell about it.
About the author
Lars Guignard is a former television writer and graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His work can be seen on television screens across the globe in such cult classics as Beastmaster and Big Wolf on Campus. His bestselling novel, Lethal Circuit, has been a TOP 100 Amazon Technothriller since its release.
Lars’s work has also been produced for film and published in magazines. Ever since attending high school in the Indian Himalayas, Lars has been an avid backpacker and traveler. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest where he is busy completing the next Michael Chase thriller for release in 2012.
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