I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Another book club read that led to an interesting discussion. It is the story of a working hive told through one worker bee, Flora 717. She is different; she’s bigger than the other worker bees and seems to be more cognizant of the hive, as a whole. Many of the book club members were upset that Flora 717 is elevated from the class she is placed in by birth, but I feel the story was written in such a way that Flora 717’s rise within the ranks was believable, as well as laudable. Because she is a worker, she is somewhat ignored, but she keeps doing things that capture the attention of her superiors and, in the end, things change because of her existence. I found the story fascinating and I truly enjoyed learning about bees. This book provided intriguing information about bees: what they eat, how they survive winter, what happens to the drones at the end of each season and much more. If you like books that suck you in and/or books that create an entirely new reality, this one’s for you.