This inventive debut novel presents a future in which bees have become extinct – and have been replaced by human pollinators – and reveals the past that led to this strange reality.  We follow the lives of three central characters – William (in 1851 England), George (in 2007 Ohio) and Tao (in 2098 China) – whose fortunes (and that of mankind) are interlinked with bees: from the invention of a super-efficient beehive, to pesticide-induced colony collapse disorder, to the creation of a bee-less, starving planet, and the desperation and misery that entails.  Dark and heart-wrenching, the story does, however, end on a note of optimism.

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This inventive debut novel presents a future in which bees have become extinct – and have been replaced by human pollinators – and reveals the past that led to this strange reality.  We follow the lives of three central characters – William (in 1851 England), George (in 2007 Ohio) and Tao (in 2098 China) – whose fortunes (and that of mankind) are interlinked with bees: from the invention of a super-efficient beehive, to pesticide-induced colony collapse disorder, to the creation of a bee-less, starving planet, and the desperation and misery that entails.  Dark and heart-wrenching, the story does, however, end on a note of optimism.

further reading…