This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Those generous book geeks at the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction were kind enough to send out a copy of The Bees to Novelicious HQ last week. We're reading it right now and it is completely living up to the hype. We're pleased to be giving away five copies to you lot.
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…
Please leave a comment letting us know which of the Baileys Prize Shortlist you are most looking forward to reading, or have most enjoyed reading.
We will pick a winner at 12pm (UK Time) on May 4th 2015. This competition is open to UK and Ireland entrants only.