I was really attracted to the concept of this book, but frankly, it was kind of boring.
We follow three separate timelines: William, researching the life of bees and attempting to create a newer, better beehive; George, a bee farmer struggling to cope at the time of the disappearance of the bees; and Tao, a Chinese pollen-farmer (in the future) whose son is suddenly taken from her.
The three stories are intricately connected, which was very well done. In fact, the entire book was very well written. Despite the three separate story-threads, it was very easy to follow and the whole thing was woven together very well.
Unfortunately, it was all pretty dull. The History of Bees is, essentially, three separate stories of unhappy families with parents who are weirdly overbearing towards their sons (except for Tao whose son is only a child and is mysteriously taken away, so that’s kind of fair enough). The overarching theme of bees was overshadowed by the family dramas and personal issues of the main characters, which was disappointing because the bee thing was what really drew me to this book in the first place.
Despite the exceptional writing, I was, overall, underwhelmed.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.