CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: The Bees by Laline Paull


Everyone from Emma Donoghue to Margaret Atwood is buzzing about this debut novel - and for good reason. The thrilling tale of a working bee making her way into the Queen's inner circle is colourful, captivating and completely original.

Laline Paull discusses The Bees:

"She dragged her body through and fell onto the floor of an alien world. Static roared through her brain, thunderous vibration shook the ground and a thousand scents dazed her mind. All she could do was breathe until gradually the vibration and static subsided and the scent evaporated into the air. Her rigid body unlocked and she calmed as knowledge filled her mind.

This was the Arrivals Hall and she was a worker.

Her kin was Flora and her number was 717."

Laline Paull, The Bees

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