In an inventive debut that hits shelves today, Laline Paull blends dystopian fiction with a surprisingly sympathetic cast of insect characters in The Bees.

Flora 717 is a worker bee from the lowest caste in her hive, and her sole motto is to accept, obey and serve the Queen. When an environmental crisis strikes, Flora's uniqueness comes in handy as she's assigned to new tasks—much to the dismay of the hive's elite. Soon Flora's new knowledge and experience land her at odds with the Queen herself, and she must decide where her loyalties lie.

Paull's tale certainly dips into the fantastical, but the extreme concepts of the novel, such as the fertility police and the hive mind, are all true to bee behavior, and our reviewer promises, "you will never look at the activity in your flower garden the same way again."

Check out the beautifully designed trailer below:

What do you think of the, ahem, buzz around this debut, readers?

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read a Q&A with Laline Paull about The Bees!

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