We hope that some of you have managed to read our first Shiny Book Club choice – Laline Paull’s The Bees. We left you with some questions below to think about to get the discussion started, but do link in with your own reviews and tell us your opinions about this novel:
If you didn’t have time to read the book, you can read our friend Simon Savidge’s review of the book, which got us all excited about it. Bookgazing has also reviewed it for us here in our Fiction section.
And these are our questions to think about:
1. The Bees has attracted praise from many established authors and publications. What makes The Bees such a special debut & what did you enjoy the most about this novel?
2. If you had to classify The Bees, which genre would you say it belongs to, or do you think it borrows elements from multiple genres?
3. Flora has been described as an ‘action hero’. What heroic attributes does Flora have?
4. What, if any, comment do you think The Bees makes about the human world? Does the society of its anthropomorphic characters always directly resemble human society or do the two diverge?
5. Flora lives to see and remember things her other sisters miss because of their short life spans. Do you think Laline Paull makes it easy for the reader to suspend disbelief in order to follow Flora’s story?
We’re looking forward to your comments…
Laline Paull, The Bees (Fourth Estate: London, 2014). 978-0007557745, 352pp., paperback (Jan 2015).