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* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Flora dies shortly after her daughter wins the battle for the queendom.[[/spoiler]]

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* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Flora dies shortly after her daughter wins the battle for the queendom.[[/spoiler]]]]


* AllMenArePerverts: Drones are universally lecherous and hedonistic. Justified, as their sole purpose is to breed.

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* AllMenArePerverts: Drones are universally lecherous and hedonistic.hedonistic, with the exception of Sir Linden. Justified, as their sole purpose is to breed.



* AnimalNamingConventions: A worker bee's name is the [[FloralThemeNaming plant-themed]] name of her caste followed by a number. Drones are instead named after trees and addressed as "sir."



* DeadlyEuphemism: The Kindness.



* EatsBabies: Flora is ordered to consume a larvae that doesn't meet the level of purity required. When she freezes up the guards do it for her.

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* EatsBabies: Flora is ordered to consume a larvae larva that doesn't meet the level of purity required. When she freezes up up, the guards do it for her.



* UndyingLoyalty: All bees in the hive have this, cause if they don't they won't be around for much longer.

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* UndyingLoyalty: All bees in the hive have this, cause because if they don't they won't be around for much longer.


* AllMenArePerverts: Drones are universally lecherous and hedonistic. Justified, as their sole purpose is to breed.

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* AllMenArePerverts: Drones are universally lecherous and hedonistic. Justified, as their sole purpose is to breed.



* FloralThemeNaming: Bees of a certain kin, or type, all share the same name. The priestesses are all Sage, the landing board guards are all Thistle, etc. The sanitation workers, being the lowest type of kin, don't get a specific flower name, but are all called the generic Flora. Drones are named after trees.

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* FloralThemeNaming: Bees of a certain kin, or type, all share the same name. The priestesses are all Sage, the landing board guards are all Thistle, etc. The sanitation workers, being the lowest type of kin, don't get a specific flower name, but are all called the generic Flora. Drones are named after trees.



* RuleOfThree: [[spoiler: Flora lays three eggs. Only the third reaches metamorphosis.[[/spoiler]]

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* RuleOfThree: [[spoiler: Flora lays three eggs. Only the third reaches metamorphosis.[[/spoiler]]]]


-->''Accept, Obey, Serve!''

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-->''Accept, Obey, Serve!''
and Serve.''



* AllMenArePerverts: Drones are universally lecherous and hedonistic. Justified, as their sole purpose is to breed.



* CivilizedAnimal: Bees are depicted as having accoutrements such as tea sets, chandeliers, and stairways in their hive, and are described as being capable of facial expression, but they think and act very much like bees.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Flora has a dark exoskeleton and russet fur.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Descriptions of gathering pollen and nectar are rather sexual in tone.



* FloralThemeNaming: Bees of a certain kin, or type, all share the same name. The priestesses are all Sage, the landing board guards are all Thistle, etc. The sanitation workers, being the lowest type of kin, don't get a specific flower name, but are all called the generic Flora.

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* FloralThemeNaming: Bees of a certain kin, or type, all share the same name. The priestesses are all Sage, the landing board guards are all Thistle, etc. The sanitation workers, being the lowest type of kin, don't get a specific flower name, but are all called the generic Flora. Drones are named after trees.



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Flora dies shortly after her daughter wins the battle for the queendom.[[/spoiler]]



* InsectGenderBender: Averted. Aside from the level of sentience displayed by the bees, the novel is an accurate portrayal of roles withing a hive, including the vast majority being female and the few males treated well but born only to breed.

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* HumansAreCthulhu: The dreaded Visitation, a disaster bees can scarcely comprehend, is the gathering of honey from the hive.
* InsectGenderBender: Averted. Aside from the level of sentience displayed by the bees, the novel is an accurate portrayal of roles withing within a hive, including the vast majority being female and the few males treated well but born only to breed.



* PrettyBoy: Sir Linden, by drone standards.
* RuleOfThree: [[spoiler: Flora lays three eggs. Only the third reaches metamorphosis.[[/spoiler]]




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* {{Xenofiction}}


* AnimalTalk: The bees all understand each other in a common tongue, although Sanitation workers cannot talk. They also use dancing as a method of communication. Wasps and bees can talk to each other without much difficulty, but communication to other insects, like ants, requires the use of the ancient tongue Hymenopteraese, which very few creatures know fluently leading to very simple communication. Strangely, they can also talk very easily to flies and spiders, even though they are of completely different biological orders, Diptera and Aranaea as opposed to Hymenoptera.



* HiveMind: Not all bee's can hear it but when the hive is in danger it gives orders on how to deal with the threat. Sanitary workers don't hear the call, but Flora 717 does.

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* HiveMind: Not all bee's bees can hear it but when the hive is in danger it gives orders on how to deal with the threat. Sanitary workers don't hear the call, but Flora 717 does. During the winter, when the bees cluster together for warmth and semi-hibernate, there is a more consistent hive mind that even the sanitation workers feel.


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* InsectGenderBender: Averted. Aside from the level of sentience displayed by the bees, the novel is an accurate portrayal of roles withing a hive, including the vast majority being female and the few males treated well but born only to breed.


* {{Brainwashed}}: Part and parcel of living in a Hive Mind, but specifically true of the Queen's Love, a scent which overrides all other thought and emotion and replaces it with love for the Queen and the need to serve the Hive.



* FloralThemeNaming: Bees of a certain kin, or type, all share the same name. The priestesses are all Sage, the landing board guards are all Thistle, etc. The sanitation workers, being the lowest type of kin, don't get a specific flower name, but are all called the generic Flora.



* TheNeedsOfTheMany: The basis of every decision made by the Sage priestesses.
* TotalitarianUtilitarian: The whole Hive is portrayed this way, though specifically the Sage priestesses. Everything is done for the good of the Hive. [[spoiler:Not even the Queen is safe when her sickness starts to threathen the Hive's survival.]]




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* WhatMeasureIsAMook: The Sages are willing to trade old and weak bees to the Spiders in exchange for information, and to send Sanitation workers especially to their death to ensure certain secrets are kept. There are several thousand Floras, so the Sages don't care, but Flora 717 feels their sacrifice keenly.


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It follows the story of Flora 717, a disposable sanitary worker, as she works in devoted service to the beloved Queen. However Flora 717 is an unusual adaptation from the rest of her kin, in previous years she would have been given [[NeverSayDie The Kindness]], but times are hard and all must do their part to ensure the survival of the hive.

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It follows the story of Flora 717, a disposable sanitary worker, as she works in devoted service to the beloved Queen. However Flora 717 is an unusual adaptation from the rest of her kin, in kin - larger, more hardy. In previous years she would have been given [[NeverSayDie The Kindness]], but times are hard hard, and all must do their part to ensure the survival of the hive.
hive.

As Flora experiences life in the Hive from different perspectives - Sanitation worker, Nursery worker, forager - she begins to realise that all is not right with the Hive, and that the wasps, spiders and other vermin of the Myriad may not be the only enemy.

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->''It's a book about bees. Has to have one of these.''


* BeeAfraid: After a hornet enters the hive it's faced by a horde of angry bees, that don't use their stingers, but instead encase it and vibrate to raise it's temperature to cause heat death.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Though we only really meet a couple of representatives of the species, wasps definitely seem to be this.
* BeeAfraid: After a hornet wasp enters the hive it's faced by a horde of angry bees, that don't use their stingers, but instead encase it and vibrate to raise it's temperature to cause heat death.



* HiveMind: Not all bee's can hear it but when the hive is in danger it gives orders on how to deal with the threat. Sanitary workers don't hear the call, Flora 717 however does.
* HiveCasteSystem: We have Sanitary workers, nurse-maids, fanners (those that look after the honey), foragers, Thistles (guards), the Queen's hand-maidens, Priestesses and Finally the Queen.

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* HiveMind: Not all bee's can hear it but when the hive is in danger it gives orders on how to deal with the threat. Sanitary workers don't hear the call, but Flora 717 however does.
* HiveCasteSystem: We have Sanitary workers, nurse-maids, fanners (those that look after the honey), foragers, Thistles (guards), guards, police, the Queen's hand-maidens, Priestesses and Finally and, of course, the Queen.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Their glorious Malenesses, the drones.



* UndyingLoyalty: All Bee's in the hive have this, cause if they don't they won't be around for much longer.

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* UndyingLoyalty: All Bee's bees in the hive have this, cause if they don't they won't be around for much longer.

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* GeneticMemory: After a moment of uncertainty all bees know their place in society and the roles they must preform.


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-->''Accept, Obey, Serve!''

''The Bees'' is a 2014 novel by Laline Paull.

It follows the story of Flora 717, a disposable sanitary worker, as she works in devoted service to the beloved Queen. However Flora 717 is an unusual adaptation from the rest of her kin, in previous years she would have been given [[NeverSayDie The Kindness]], but times are hard and all must do their part to ensure the survival of the hive.

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!!Tropes found in The Bees include:

* BeeAfraid: After a hornet enters the hive it's faced by a horde of angry bees, that don't use their stingers, but instead encase it and vibrate to raise it's temperature to cause heat death.
* BeePeople: Well they're literally bees but with lots of human characteristics.
* EatsBabies: Flora is ordered to consume a larvae that doesn't meet the level of purity required. When she freezes up the guards do it for her.
* FantasticRacism: Sanitary workers are looked down on in society as being unclean and dumb.
* FinalSolution: All bees that deviate too much from their kin's size and shape, or who have some kind of deformity are given The Kindness. Flora 717 was close to this herself but thankfully Sister Sage saw use in her "adaptation" and gave her a new job.
* HiveMind: Not all bee's can hear it but when the hive is in danger it gives orders on how to deal with the threat. Sanitary workers don't hear the call, Flora 717 however does.
* HiveCasteSystem: We have Sanitary workers, nurse-maids, fanners (those that look after the honey), foragers, Thistles (guards), the Queen's hand-maidens, Priestesses and Finally the Queen.
* HiveQueen: Again, they're literally bees!
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Flora's mind is wiped after she fails her second test, reducing her to the level of her kin on the surface. But something of herself lingers under the surface and her mind is restored after hearing the hive mind.
* LivingAphrodisiac: The Queen gives off an addictive scent that gives off feelings of love and caring.
* NeverSayDie: Bees that are unfit for service to the hive are given The Kindness.
* UndyingLoyalty: All Bee's in the hive have this, cause if they don't they won't be around for much longer.

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