Allison Paige asked me to read her book, After the Bees, a few months ago, and I have honestly been putting it off.
Why have I been putting it off you ask? A few reasons. One, I absolutely adored the plot line to this, and I was truly terrified I would hate it. The idea of all of the bees dying, demons taking over the world, and humans doing their best to survive in a world that they no longer rule? I was absolutely fascinated and intrigued. And I have started many books that I was fascinated and intrigued by, and they ended up terrible. So I was afraid. The other reason is, my TBR list is a mile long and this book was kind of going to be my reward book for getting through some of it.
I don’t think I have ever preordered a sequel book so fast. Honestly, unless it is a really good sale, I don’t normally preorder books because I am fine with waiting. Not this book. I was actually ready to beg the author for a sneak peek at book two because of how much I loved After the Bees, and then I saw how close the release date was. (Through High Waters comes out December 1st by the way in case you were wondering) Allison Paige does such a remarkable job of painting a world that has somehow died, and is still surviving. The characters are vivid and wonderful. Even Raum, who I guess you could say is the villain but I am not entirely sure, is written so well that you can’t hate him, but you also cannot love him. (Well, normal people shouldn’t love him. He is evil and enjoys making people suffer. While he is capable of kindness, that is not his true personality. I however adore him so… there’s that.)
I think the best part of this book, is that while Leah was kept safe with her tactics of staying undetected for three years on her own, it actually ended up hurting her as well. Let’s be honest, I can barely stand silence for three minutes. I talk to myself, my dog, inanimate objects, all of it. Leah survived three years on barely anything, and with no company. She moved from cave to cave, harvested plants she managed to find, and did her best to pretend the world that she once knew had never existed. And while she was hiding, the world was changing and the bees started to come back. It was fascinating how the author took these two worlds and combined them together without actually letting them touch.
Overall – This book was incredible and I am so glad he author reached out to me to read it. I loved the characters Allison wrote and I loved how they came together. In addition, Allison showed us the world she had created and gave us a ton of backstory and lore without really being hand holdy, which can often happen in dystopian books. If you are hesitant on whether or not you want to read this book, just read it!
After the bees (Revelation Book 1) Allison Paige
Cost* – eBook is $2.99 and Paperback is $16.99.
*Cost is based upon what the book cost when book review is published