When I finished the book, I stepped outside my door and into a spring day, full of buzzing and pollen, and I wanted to thank each and every bee for its service.
We are in a beehive, after all, that beautiful feat of engineering, and it is great fun to see the antechambers and halls from the inside. Share via Email 'The crisis The Bees invokes is genuine, frightening and getting worse. Inevitably, since this is a well-researched fantasy about animals, starring a feisty heroine instead of a band of furry brothers, The Bees is hailed as "Watership Down for The Hunger Games generation".
And Flora, though she doesn't know it, embodies both the greatest threat to her hive, and perhaps their only way out. When a story is told with such rapturously attentive imagination, it feels very small indeed to quibble.
Despite the honor of being asked to make Flow, Flora is restless, and she quickly moves up the ranks, reinventing herself yet again as a skilled forager. Would you bind them in chastity a single moment longer?
But she's strong, a quick learner and she can speak, while others of her caste are mute.