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'Hive' by A.J Betts is Wildly Dystopian and I Loved It

Hello Inky Friends,

As part of the Inky Awards Shadow Judging program I was tasked with reading the novel ‘Hive’ by A.J Betts. Today, I finished it and I would like to share my thoughts.

‘Hive,’ follows Hayley, a 15 year old girl not unlike others within her dystopian community. Hayley has always followed the rules and tends to her bees in the only world she has ever known. Hayley has a secret. Hayley experiences head pains, a dangerous thing in her world, a sign of madness. When she witnesses a drip from the ceiling her whole world shifts. What began with a drip leads to lies, a death, a boy, a beast and too many questions.

I really enjoyed Hive. I thought that the plot was fantastic and I am appreciative of the ability Betts has to submerge the reader in a story. I particularly enjoyed the imaginative freedom the reader was given regarding the world of Hive. It was depicted simply yet was an effective tool in submerging us in the novel. I also loved the first person perspective of Hayley as her differences within the community and her constant yet subtle unease with her environment was beautifully unsettling.

I also loved the range of character traits that each character possessed even though they are essentially in a religious cult. I found the description of roles within the community eye opening as everybody is assigned a role and people of certain roles must marry those of other specific roles. Marriage in this novel is portrayed as bizarre and uncertain and the unknown of it was a really strange yet key element to the plot.

Overall, I really loved this novel and I am expectantly awaiting the release of the second book in the series 🙂 Rate: 8.5/10

Xoxo,

Your Favourite Bookworm

6 comments

ellipsis

Excellent review as always! I almost missed it because of all the posts that have been happening lately.

24th Jun, 19
imosshelf

Thank you so much! I agree, the site has been very active lately :)

24th Jun, 19
inky State Library Victoria

Thanks imosshelf! Wonder if it will make it to the Inky Awards Shortlist?

25th Jun, 19
imosshelf

I hope so!

25th Jun, 19
inky State Library Victoria

So the sequel to Hive came out today! Rogue.

25th Jun, 19
imosshelf

I know, I definitely need to get my hands on it!

25th Jun, 19