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  • Hive 
    Title: Hive
    Author: BETTS A J
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 26/06/2018
    Imprint: PAN AUSTRALIA
    Price: $17.00
    Publishing status: Active

    ;All I can tell you is what I remember, in the words that I have.

    Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known.

    Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling.

    It doesn't make sense.

    Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it.

    Curiosity is a hook.

    What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast, and too many awful questions.

    Gleebooks review:
    In her small community everyone obeys the Elders’ rulings, although Hayley occasionally sneaks away into her private tunnel refuge to conceal her headaches and avoid drastic treatment as a flawed citizen. On one visit to this tunnel the sight of water dripping from the ceiling shocks her—it should be impossible this far underground, and her curiosity is further ignited when she discovers the son of the community leader knows of it too, yet there is no official remedial action. Their confusing relationship develops into a friendship through which community secrets are revealed, and Hayley starts to question the very nature of their utopian life. Likened to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, West Australian Betts’ latest novel is an intriguing depiction of an ‘ideal’ society, and control of information, with elements that resonate in today’s society. Highly recommended. Lynndy

    ISBN: 9781760556433
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