io9 Book Club Is in Session! Let's Talk about Laline Paull's The Bees

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In August, we read The Bees, by Laline Paull. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!


For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here's how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you're reading. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.


We hope that Paull will join us sometime in the next week to talk about the book. So, what did you think of The Bees?

Want to get started on our next book?

In September, we'll be reading Lockstep, by Karl Schroeder. We'll meet on October 8 to discuss it.

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One thing I did not think worked too well was the limitation to a single bee for POV. This turned into a "grand tour" of the world of bees. This one character was a sanitation worker in one chapter, then in the nursery, then foraging, and so on, even moving along social ladders in order to sample all of what the world had.

Forcing this character into each new setup I think hinders the worldbuilding as too much has to be spelled out to her in her new situations instead of being immersive.

Further, having only one character I think diminishes the parts that affect the whole hive. Yes, you've met the whole hive. But for example the Visitation would be a bigger impact from multiple points of view, not just having the one character mention each sector of the hive.