The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: The Bees Laline Paull



Last night we had a cracker of a storm here in Cambridge, England. Not kidding, I seriously thought we were going to be flooded. The thunder and rain pounded on our windows waking me up in the early hours, and flashes of wicked lightning lit up my bedroom. I sneaked out into the hallway and saw that violent short  bursts of lightning lit up the driveway and revealed a serious developing puddle,  pool.  Of course I lay there imagining a flood, and all sorts of things. That is one of the downsides of writing you tend to have a vivid imagination that gets out of hand often! Luckily this water gathering had all dispersed by this morning. It is now a fairly decent day, no rain, no wind, nothing, like it never happened!

My chosen book this week is about bees, so my storm inspired thought is this – can you imagine what it must be like for a bee in a storm? Do bees get terrified by all that thunder and lightning like me! Or do they have some kind of sixth sense to safely hide away in their hives when storms come?


Enough chit chat about storms now let’s get started with book beginnings:



Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion Dumas at Rose City Reader:
Her book Beginning’s post link up if you’d like to join in some bookish fun:


My Chosen Book Beginning

 The cell squeezed her and the air was hot and fetid. All the joints of her body burned from her frantic twisting against the walls, her head was pressed into her chest and her legs shot with cramp, but her struggles had worked – one wall felt weaker. She kicked out with all her strength and felt something crack and break. She forced and tore and bit until there was a jagged hole into fresher air beyond.




Enticing or what? It’s from my current read:  The Bees by Laline Paull, a book about Flora 717, a bee! Not just any bee but the lowest class of bee,  but does that lowliness hold Flora back? Read the book and find out more!


What about The Friday 56 too?  Let’s see what page 56 of The Bees has to offer in terms of quotes.




This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice, click on the link to her blog, and the rules are pretty simple:
•Grab a book, any book.
•Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s OK.)
•Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it).
•Post it.
•Add the url to your post on Freda’s Voice.  Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

 The Bees

Flora raised her antennae, searching for information. It made her head hurt and she looked down. Below the landing board in the tangle of grass and nette  and dock and trefoil that locked the dense wet earth, disturbing scents wove strong and strange, telling of other creatures that lived there. The green began to seethe.


Goodreads Synopsis:

The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut.

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, and her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden…

Laline Paull’s chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, The Bees is the story of a heroine who changes her destiny and her world.


Hope you like the sound of The Bees. Let me know if you’ve read or are planning to read it.



 Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx


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  1. I love the force of such storms and enjoy watching the power of nature at work (from the warm safety of home of course!). The Bees is a book I’ve looked at before then returned to the shelf as never quite sold on the premise. How are you enjoying it? These extracts have me intrigued and I’ll take a closer look at it now. Have a lovely weekend.

    1. I’m glad I was tucked at home, rather out in the storm too! I read the opening chapter of The Bees and in truth I wasn’t too sure, but the more I’m reading about Flora the bee the more I seem to be enjoying it! The writing is superb, so definitely worth a closer look.

  2. We get some violent storms here on the Gulf Coast. I swear it can be sunny one minute and flooding the next. Fifteen minutes later, the sun comes back out and everything dries up in no time. Sure makes it humid!
    What a fascinating book. I might not have given it a second glance. Now I’m very curious. Thanks for stopping by my post today and have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Yes I bet you do. It’s amazing how the weather can change so dramatically. Glad you liked the sound of The Bees. Hope you have a lovely weekend too. Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂

  3. What an awesome paragraph about the storm. EXCELLENT!! Any damage from the storm for you?

    Yes…the poor bee would be quite frightened. THANKS for sharing. Flora 717 must be quite a creative, thinking bee. 🙂 I love that beginning sentence. I think I have this book. I have to go check.

    THANKS for sharing.

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