The Bees by Laline Paull | Book Review

Hi Sweeties,

Another book review for you today! With the summer months soon upon us, some of you may view this time as prime reading opportunity and will be looking for books to add to your list. I’ll be honest now, I don’t think the following is holiday reading material, but who am I to say what you like to read in your downtime?

I rarely buy books from new, but I knew that it would be years probably before I would find The Bees in a charity shop and so I broke my rule. What made me pick up The Bees? Curiosity I think. I had no idea what it was about but I had seen the odd person within my social feeds picture themselves reading it, and I wanted to know more. Yellow is also my favourite colour and the cover is fabulously yellow so I couldn’t resist really.

The Blurb:

The Bees Laline Paull

Flora 717 is a survivor. Born into the lowest class of the totalitarian hive society she is prepared to sacrifice everything for the Queen, surviving internal massacres, religious purges and terrifying invasions by vicious wasps. With each act of bravery her status grows, revealing both the enemies within and the sinister secrets that rule the hive. But when her instinct to serve is overwhelmed by a fierce and deeply forbidden maternal love, she breaks the most sacred law of all… 


The Bees by Laline Paull is a work of incredible fiction and imagination, and I would go as far as to claim that you are probably unlikely to have read anything even close to it either before, or going forward in the future.

As the blurb suggests, the story centres around Flora, a bee born to the worker domination of the hive, but soon after arrival, she is singled out by the Sage and put through various experiments which introduce her to various levels and departments within the hive.

To be honest, I can’t really say much more, not because I would give the story away, but because you just have to read it for yourself. At times I found this book quite repulsive, and I wasn’t too sure about what I was letting myself in for at the beginning, but once you get into it, the pages turn easily.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, I would definitely recommend The Bees by Laline Paull. Have any of you already read this book? What did you think?

Until next time x



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