My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Upon final review, the changes made to this book took it from good to a bit of a different version of very good. It is interesting, it is engaging, and it is entertaining. The difference between good and great isn’t something that I can express into words, it is a feeling I get when I become emersed in a story. This story is something to be proud of and it certainly will blow some people away. It is in every way worth reading, and it isn’t something I regret reading at all. I am not going to change my rating on the book because in my opinion I feel like it is still very good. The changes aid in clarification and streamlining of the story and those adjustments took everything up a level.
I read an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley so there could be some changes to the book upon final release. Severe scene changes really need to have an element of separation in the prologue. It is disorienting to read into a drastically changed scene with no warning. If I hadn’t made a commitment to this book I would have passed on it based on extreme vertigo in the prologue, but I am glad that I made that commitment. Once I got past the prologue I was enthralled. The theme regarding bees is a great base for the story. This is an issue that deserves the spotlight and their importance is well defined in the story and revisited often.
The feelings of sadness and grief were clear in the writing, along with the glimmer of hope and the confusion when things didn’t add up. The tale is uniformly interesting and the research was well done in order to write fiction that is believable enough to give one pause. The heart of the story is an original and insightful one. I caught on to the big secret earlier than I would have liked, but I feel like if it was written differently the story might have lost some power.
The ending was abrupt, leaving the story open for a sequel but seemingly unfinished on its own. I feel as if there are too many things left hanging in limbo and, frankly, I didn’t gain a sense of closure at the end but I did enjoy the journey and I hope that the loose ends are tied up in the future.